Something about spring coming makes me crave certain flavors. There are the obvious ones like asparagus that is finally in season, but to me one of the best flavors of spring is lemon. And lately I cannot get lemon and poppy seed off the brain!
McCormick Spices was kind enough to send me some of their products and so I headed over to their website for some inspiration. They have a lovely recipe on their site. But I didn’t want to use cake mix so I decided to use that recipe as a jumping off point and kind of do my own thing. They turned out so good I can’t wait to share the recipe with you.
Lemon Poppy seed Muffins
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
2 T. poppy seeds
1 T. lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together until just moistened with either electric mixer or spoon. Line muffin tin with liners and fill with batter 2/3 full. Bake 18-24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 24 muffins.
These got the thumbs up from even the pickiest eater in our family. We had them tonight with a frittata and bacon for our favorite nighttime meal, BRINNER. But they would be a great dish to take to a brunch, shower or for a hostess gift.
I have mentioned before my love of Pinterest (you ARE following me right?). McCormick Spice is running a really fun Spring Pin-spiration contest where you can win some great pries. Here are all the details:
First you will need to follow McCormick Spices on Pinterest. Poke around their board and pick a recipe you want to try. Take a picture of your finished product and follow the instructions above to enter.
As part of your entry, you will create your own spring themed board on Pinterest. I actually have the coolest board that is a collaborative board with some of the best bloggers around. So you will for sure want to follow our Eat Your Way Through Spring board.
I find myself using Pinterest more and more for inspiration when I cook and I know I will be using both these boards throughout the spring. And now that I know I can make up my own recipes (thank you ridiculous amounts of time watching Food Network) there is no stopping me!
What is your favorite recipe for spring?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCormick. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.