Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins

makes 12

For the Muffins

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided

3 Tablespoons poppy seeds

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

2 extra large eggs, at room temperature

1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

8 Tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the Glaze

1 cup confectioners' sugar

2-3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the Muffins

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 375º F.  Butter and flour a 12-cup muffin tin; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of the sugar, poppy seeds,  baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla extract until smooth.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture just until combined.  Fold in the melted butter; allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes. (Batter can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.)

Using a greased 1/3-cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop, divide the batter among the cups.  Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened and syrupy, about 3 minutes.  Let the muffins cool  in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently flip them out onto a wire rack.  Brush with warm syrup and let cool for 10 minutes.  If using the glaze, allow to cool completely.

For the Glaze

In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until smooth.  Spoon some of the glaze over each muffin.  Allow the glaze to set before serving.  Enjoy!

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