Orange-poppy seed muffins

Another quick bread and 3 more of these to go before I proceed to attempt CAKES! This is for breakfast tomorrow =)

Ingredients (12 standard muffins)

3 tbsp poppy seeds
1/2 cup whole milk
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp grated orange zest
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup orange juice

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400F. Butter 12 muffin-pan cups. In a small bowl, combine the poppy seeds and milk and let stand for 20 minuntes (this is to enhance and deepen the subtle flavour of the seeds). In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest. Set aside.

2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs until blended. Stir in the granulated sugar, butter, the 1/4 cup orange juice and the milk-poppy seed mixture, stirring until smooth. Add to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula just until moistened.

3. Spoon the batter into the prepared mufin cups, filling each cup to about 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a mufin comes out clean, 12-15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then turn out onto the rack.

Source: Essentials of baking

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