Who, between all of you, can say he/she is quirks-free?!
Someone is fanatical about tidiness or cleanliness, someone is a shoe maniac, someone doesn't lend his/her properties non even under torture, and someone has every possible food and cooking mania.
Well, let's say in the strongest possible terms that I fall within the latter category (I'm not free of other obsessive-compulsive disorders, I just have OTHER quirks, different from the ones listed above), and not because I have some food fads (I truly am an "omnivorous"), but because, for some time now, I'm obsessed with cooking magazines and cookbooks, I compulsively buy (or I get as a gift) kitchen tools of all kinds (which are useful to me, though: this is an imperative for me) and, above all, I spend hours surfing through food blogs from around the world (hallowed be Google Reader), bookmarking the recipes I absolutely have to try, creating a culinary wish list that I can't fulfill … unless I'll start to have 8 meals a day or I'll gain 50 kilos in the next years (by the way, this is the question that everybody ask me, since I started this blog, "how come you haven't gained any weight?". I'm trying to convince everyone that these recipes are the result of months of cooking and that everybody eat eat at least twice a day, but somebody doesn't resign to this)… so I tell myself that I have to give it a rest and bookmark only recipe that really are interesting to me and replicable.
But some food blogs ruin my plans and lengthen this wish list that already is as long as the Divine Comedy: however I try to restrain myself, I just can't avoid to put on my to-do-list everything that these evil (aka great) food bloggers cook or bake. And so, when I find myself faced with some creation by Pips aka Panpepato senza pepe every good intention goes down the tube … if I even begin to make 8 meals per day, or if I become a real fat lady, you'll know who to blame…
In all honesty, in front of her bright and attractive picture, in front of her delicate and original dishes, how could I stop?! So when I saw the recipe to make her lemon and poppy seeds muffins (served with an equally tempting tapioca pudding with raspberries and rhubarb) I couldn't stop myself, 'cause I'm madly in love with all that is citrus scented and 'cause I had some poppy seeds in search of an use. This time, however, I didn't just bookmark it … I put it into practice!
LEMON AND POPPY SEEDS MUFFINS
Ingredients (making about 16 muffins)
* 200 g all purpose flour
* 80 g potato starch (I used corn starch)
* a pinch of salt
* a tablespoon of baking powder
* 2 whole eggs
* 100 g sugar
* the zest and the juice of an organic lemon
* 150 g natural yogurt
* 100 ml vegetable oil (a delicate extra-virgin olive oil or an oilseed, as you prefer)
* a tablespoon of poppy seeds
Preheat the oven to 365° F (180° C).
In a bowl mix flour, potato starch, baking powder and salt and set aside. In another bowl beat the eggs with the sugar; then add zest and lemon juice, oil and yogurt and continue to beat with the whisk until mixture is light and smooth. Add dry ingredients to liquid ones and stir briefly with a wooden spoon; add the poppy seeds. Don't over stir the mixture: muffin mixture should be not perfect, a little lumpy.
Fill the paper cups with the mixture (my baking pan wasn't enough, so I baked two batches: meanwhile, I kept the mixture in the fridge) to 3/4 (I fill them a little more) and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
These muffins are simply delicious: lemon scent is strong, but not too much, while the crunchiness of poppy seeds contrasts with the softness of these muffins. They're perfect for an afternoon tea (I suggest a classic Earl Grey -bergamot scented) or for a sweet and delicate breakfast.