Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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The citrus-scented sugar on top of these muffins melts just enough while baking to add a sweet finishing crunch.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
 
Makes 12
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup whole buttermilk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest, divided
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 (6-cup) cast-iron muffin pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, egg, vanilla, and 3 teaspoons lemon zest. Whisk buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until combined. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest; sprinkle mixture onto batter.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Serve warm, or remove from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack.