Orange Poppy Seed Muffins


Macadamia Nut oil in this recipe makes for a beautiful muffin twist. The poppy seeds and orange zest make for great texture.


  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Olivado Extra Virgin Macadamia Oil
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • Cream cheese icing (see recipe below) or icing sugar to dust
Method :
  • Preheat oven to 190°C.
  • Line two 12-hole trays with muffin baking cups.
  • Combine the poppy seeds and milk in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Add the poppy-seed mixture along with remaining milk, butter, lightly beaten eggs, orange rind and juice, and stir with a large metal spoon or spatula until just combined (do not overmix).
  • Spoon the batter among prepared muffin pans. Bake on the middle tray of your preheated oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Remove from oven and turn onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature dusted with icing sugar.

Makes 12-18 muffins

Tip: If you use two trays, swap them around in the oven half way through cooking time so the muffins become golden.

Cream Cheese Icing:
50g softened butter
100g softened cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
45g icing sugar
1/2 tsp orange zest (left over from the above)
– Mix until glossy and ice your muffins. Top with more poppy seeds and orange zest.

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