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Jessica from "A Kitchen Addiction" Finds a Go-To Muffin Recipe

She describes our Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins as "perfectly sweetened and tender," and loves the tart lemon glaze.

Published Feb. 14, 2017.

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Good cooks know how to make muffins. With the help of our newest release, What Good Cooks Know, Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction found a recipe for Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins that's become her go-to muffin recipe. 

“I think everyone needs a go-to muffin recipe,” Jessica writes. “Muffins are just so versatile, and they’re super easy to make! These bakery style lemon-poppy seed muffins are no different. [It takes] Just a few steps before you’re biting into your new favorite muffin! You can enjoy one for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert!”

In What Good Cooks Know, we show you how to master four variations of bakery-style muffins.

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From supermarket aisles to bakery cases, lemon-poppy seed muffins are everywhere—and they're easy to love. When developing our muffin recipe, we wanted a muffin with rich, full flavor and a thick, crisp crust protecting its fragile, tender crumb. We also wanted to produce a true beauty, sporting a perfectly round, mushroom-like cap with a pronounced and crisp overhang. This version also gets a healthy dose of lemony tang thanks to an ample amount of grated lemon zest and a zippy lemon-juice glaze.

“These Bakery-Style Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins are perfectly sweetened and tender with a tart lemon glaze and sprinkling of coarse sugar!,” Jessica writes. “Thanks to the work of America’s Test Kitchen's experts, the recipe is foolproof.”

“This cookbook really is an essential handbook. This handbook is the first time that the cumulative wisdom of the test kitchen has been gathered and organized to create a go-to kitchen handbook for home cooks. Perfect for brand-new cooks and experienced cooks alike, this book contains equipment testings, ingredient tastings, food science, technique instruction, and research and development. And, of course, recipes that put all of that information together!”

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What's your go-to muffin recipe? Let us know in the comments! 

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