Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Lemon Curd Filling

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes plus overnight to chill curd
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 1/2 hours plus chilling time
  • Yield: 1 dozen
  • Category: muffins
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


1 1/2 cups lemon curd (make half of this homemade lemon curd recipe or your favorite jarred variety), refrigerated overnight *See Notes below.

Muffin batter

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 whole eggs

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Zest of one lemon

1 ½ cups whole milk plain yogurt (not Greek yogurt)

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


2 Tablespoons sparkling sugar

Zest of one lemon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place muffin papers into a standard large muffin tin and spray the insides of the papers with kitchen pan spray. (We used tulip paper) Set aside.

Make a half batch of lemon curd, or make the entire batch and use the remainder in this recipe. Cool overnight according to the directions. You could alternatively purchase readymade lemon curd.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter until creamy and pale in color. Add sugar and beat until creamy and fluffy, about four more minutes.

With mixer running on low, add in one egg at a time, mix, scrape bowl and mix again.

Add the poppy seeds, zest of one lemon and the plain yogurt and mix to combine. Scrape again and mix once.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

With mixer running on low, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.

Add the lemon juice and mix once.

Scrape the bowl and mix again by hand with the rubber spatula. Try not to over mix.

With an ice-cream scoop, divide the batter between the 12 prepared muffin papers.

Place the sparkling sugar and zest in a small bowl and toss with a fork. Then sprinkle over the tops of the 12 muffins.

Bake in the center of the oven for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the tops ate lightly brown. Ours took 22 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack until room temperature.

Place lemon curd in a pastry bag with a large round tip.

Using an apple corer, remove some of the muffin by twisting down to about half the muffin and remove.

Use the pastry bag and fill the hole letting it come above the muffin top. Alternatively, you could use a teaspoon to fill the hole with lemon curd.

Serve with additional lemon curd on the side.


Be sure to use extra large eggs in our homemade lemon curd recipe so it makes a thick curd. If you use medium or large eggs, increase to five whole eggs. Any leftover lemon curd can be used in this or this recipe).

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