Thanks to Betsy of A Cup of Sweetness for this week's TWD pick. I was happy to see the muffins on the list amid all the chocolate cookies and cakes this month. It's nice to have something a little different.
Keeping with that thought, I took a few liberities with the recipe. I used tangerines instead of lemons because 1) that's what I had and 2) I was curious how they would turn out. My grandmother gave me a loaf of Lemon Poppyseed Bread at Christmas that is still sitting in the fridge. I also didn't use poppy seeds at all. I didn't want to buy them because I simply don't understand them. My mom LOVES poppy seedy things - bagles and muffins and breads. She loves poppy seeds. But to me, they don't have much taste, look like little dead bugs, and get stuck in people's teeth.
So no seeds - except those in the raspberry jam that I used to fill the center of each muffin. On top, lots and lots of sugar + tangerine juice drizzle! Putting it on reminded me of making Pilsbury Orange Danish rolls as a kid. Only, these are much better. They are more like little cakes than hearty muffins. Really good.