2/3 cup sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Add the sugar to a large bowl. Grate the zest of the lemon into the sugar and use your fingers to smash it into the sugar until it's evenly distributed. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppyseeds. Mix all together.
In a separate small bowl, mix the lemon juice, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon, and butter.
Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir gently to combine (don't over mix). The batter may be a little lumpy.
Divide the batter into a muffin pan that's been prepared with paper liners or sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle sugar on each muffin. Bake at 400 degrees for about 26 minutes.
I love the fresh flavor of the lemon in these muffins. I makes me feel like spring or summer. Enjoy!
recipe adapted slightly from browneyedbaker.com