Monday, 14 October 2013

earl grey & poppy seed muffins

Growing up, Earl Grey tea was a staple in our tea & coffee stores. My father took a fancy to that tea and as a result, guests who were offered a hot drink were not only offered tea, coffee and Milo, but were offered earl grey also. They still are, actually.
I can't comment on its taste to be honest - truth to be told, I've never been a hot drink person - but this recipe caught my eye. A muffin recipe with tea!

I really liked these. They're easy and are perfect served alongside a cup of tea. {Earl Grey, perhaps?} Just be warned: don't overcook them! They dry out fairly easily.

Earl Grey & Poppy Seed Muffins with Marmalade Glaze
Makes 12 muffins

4 Earl Grey Tea bags (or about 4 tsp loose tea leaves)
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp poppy seeds
125g butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly whisked
To glaze or serve: marmalade jam, apricot jam, or lemon butter

Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 12-hole muffin/cupcake tin with liners or folded squares of baking paper. Warm the milk until it is nearly boiling in a small saucepan (or in the microwave), then add tea bags and set aside to infuse and cool. Place sifted flour, caster sugar and poppy seeds in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add milk mixture, butter and eggs and use a whisk to gently combine until smooth. Spoon mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Try your best not to over-bake them as it will dry them out.

Remove muffins from the oven, remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. While the muffins are still warm, place marmalade or apricot jam (about 1/2 cup) in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until runny. Brush the tops of each muffin with marmalade.

Adapted from here.


  1. I love poppy seeds :) These look so great!

  2. These look scrummy! ^_^ Poppyseeds are a fave of mine! :D

  3. This sounds really interesting! I don't even know what earl grey tea tastes like? I might have to give this recipe a go. :)