July 28, 2013

Glazed Poppy Seed Muffins with Strawberry Butter

Scrumptious little Glazed Poppy Seed Muffins with Strawberry Butter ~ a tea room inspired treat.

Sometimes inspiration strikes us and we just have to go with it right at that very moment.  No waiting.  Just right then.  Like for me with these Glazed Poppy Seed Muffins with Strawberry Butter. 

They are inspired by a tea room in my town ... Chantilly's Tea Room, to be exact ... and once I decided to make them, I was compelled to do it that very day.

 See, at Chantilly's Tea Room, they bring you a little plate of cute {and tasty} mini poppy seed muffins as soon as you are seated at your table.  Just like other restaurants bring you bread or rolls ... Chantilly's brings you adorable little muffins.

Served with strawberry butter.

Such a wonderful combination.


And so inspiration struck on the day that I was at Chantilly's with some friends celebrating the retirement of one of our co-workers.  Our waitress brought us our plates of adorable little poppy seed muffins with strawberry butter ... and I thought to myself, "Hey, I can make these with my Mom's poppy seed tea bread recipe.  And I'm sure I can figure out how to whip up a strawberry butter!"

And so I did.  As soon as I got home.

Now, why this moment of inspiration strikes me as so funny is this wasn't the first time I'd been to Chantilly's Tea Room.  Not by a longshot.  I've been a lot.  Like quite a lot.

The first time I went was for my bridal luncheon nine years ago.  Nine years ago.  

See?  Here's me and my Mom and my Gram at Chantilly's for my luncheon ...

Me, my Mom, and my Gram at my bridal luncheon, April 30, 2004
But for some reason, in all the times I've been throughout nine years, inspiration didn't strike me until now.


And then I couldn't wait.

You would think after having not been inspired for over nine years, I could wait a little while, wouldn't you??




But I couldn't.  And I didn't.



And that very evening, ... just a mere nine years after having them for the first time ... my husband and I were enjoying tea room-inspired Glazed Poppy Seed Muffins with Strawberry Butter ~ at home.


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Glazed Poppy Seed Muffins with Strawberry Butter
Source:  Inspired by Chantilly's Tea Room in Gastonia, NC


Ingredients
Muffins:
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. + 2 T. canola oil
  • 2 T. poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. imitation butter flavor
Glaze:
  • 1/4 c. fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. canola oil
Strawberry Butter:
  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 T. powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 T. strawberry jam
Directions
  1. PREPARE THE MUFFINS: Place all muffin ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer until well mixed, about 2 minutes.
  2. Spoon batter into greased muffin cups, filling cups 3/4 full. (NOTE - you can use regular-sized muffin pans or mini muffin pans.) Bake at 325 degrees until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. (For mini muffins, about 13 minutes.)
  3. PREPARE THE GLAZE:  While muffins are baking, prepare the glaze. Combine all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar melts.
  4. When done, remove muffins from oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Immediately prick the tops of the muffins with a fork and spoon some of the warm glaze over the top of each muffin.  Let cool completely.
  5. PREPARE THE STRAWBERRY BUTTER: Place the softened butter in a small mixing bowl. Add the powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Add the strawberry jam and stir until well combined.  Serve with the cooled muffins.
Enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. Wow these look and sound DIVINE!

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  2. These look so delicious. The colors and the flavors look/sound great together. Also, you have such delicious photos...They make me hungry : )

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    1. Thank you for the very kind words about my photos, Gail! I feel it's the area of food blogging I really struggle with ... so it's extra wonderful to hear your positive words.

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  3. I love poppy seed muffins! The spread looks wonderful. Pinning and sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

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  4. These muffins look absolutely delicious I'd love for you to pop over and share them at our link party :D

    http://thevelvetmoonbaker.blogspot.ie/2013/07/sweet-savoury-sunday-22.html

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  5. This looks amazing! I loe poppy seed muffins but never would have thought to put a strawberry butter on it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is indeed a surprisingly wonderful flavor combination!

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  6. These muffins look so good. The butter does, as well, and I can guess that it takes the muffins to a higher dimension. Thanks for always sharing such great ideas!

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  7. These look perfectly delicious! What a fun tearoom! I'd love to be served little muffins as soon as I am seated! I would be honored if you linked these divine little morsels up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop. I hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  8. oh so gorgeous, i can taste them already!

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  9. They look delicious!! I can see these served in any activity. Thanks for linking up to the Less Laundry, More Linking party. Hope to see you there again this week :)

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  10. Mmmmmm, this looks AMAZING!!
    Thanks so much for parting with me!

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  11. These look delicious, can't wait to make them. Where do you find imitation butter flavor?

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    1. Imitation butter flavor is with the extracts in the baking aisle of the grocery store. The muffins absolutely ROCK with the combination of almond extract, vanilla extract, and butter flavor as the recipe calls for ... but I have also made them without the imitation butter flavor and they're still great! If you're unable to get your hands on imitation butter flavor, leave it out ... you'll still be in for a super tasty treat. Enjoy!

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  12. Hello,

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    Regards
    iPinRecipes Team

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  13. Tracey,

    Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!

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  14. These look like the perfect little muffins, and I LOVE the flavored butter!!!

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  15. WOW- my mouth is officially watering! Thank you so much for posting this recipe, I think it'll be perfect for a tea party!

    it-girlworld.com

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  16. I love poppy seed muffins. I am going to try them out this weekend. I think I might use lemon instead of orange in the glaze though, I am a lemon freak!! Thanks :)

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