Saturday, May 18, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins!

When I think of spring, I think of freshness. And what is more fresh than a lemon? Nothing, really though. So today, I am going to share with you the best way EVER to bake with lemons. Lemon poppy seed muffins. Now I know that many people aren't very big fans of lemon poppy seed muffins, or at least that's something that I've noticed, but, this recipe is so delicious that it will blow your mind. Literally, it is the best lemon poppy seed muffin recipe ever, and I would never lie. It's perfectly sweet, tangy, and lemony.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins:
Yields: About 16 muffins

    3 large eggs
    1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1/4 cup milk
    1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    3/4 cup white sugar
    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    3 tablespoons poppy seeds
    13 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (I use margarine but that's because I prefer to bake with margarine rather than butter)

Lemon Syrup:
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/3 cup white sugar

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and put cupcake liners in your cupcake pan. Now I always, Grease the liners because when you put on the syrup it becomes very sticky and the muffin will stick to the liners (don't say I didn't warn you). Next, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and milk. In a different bowl (this bowl being your Kitchen-Aid mixer if you plan to use one), and add the rest of the ingredients in except for the butter. Slowly add in the butter and half of the liquid mixture, mix, then add the remaining mixture. Beat for about thirty seconds in between.

Now put into the cupcake pan. Depending on how much batter that you put in these can change the amount of muffins you end up with (obviously). I filled them about half full just because i wanted my muffins to be a little bit smaller so that if you really wanted it would be acceptable to eat to :). But you could always fill them up more and then you would have probably only a dozen muffins. This would take just a few more minutes to bake.

Place the muffins in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. When the muffins are almost finished, bring the sugar and lemon juice to a boil in a small pot. Stir continuously until the sugar is dissolved in the lemon juice. This syrup is really what makes the muffins. Sometimes I catch myself pouring way more than I should just because it makes them so good!
When the muffins are finished, brush on the lemon syrup immediately. They should come out with lots of holes in the top, this may seem like it would be a bad thing but it is perfect because it lets the syrup seep into the muffins.

I hope that you give these a try! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"It's the start of something new.."

First off, if you know what I was alluding to with the title of this post, I am glad.
Second, starting a blog is something that I hadn't thought about doing until recently...but somehow, yesterday my sister and I were on a walk and that's when the idea truly came together. Seeing as I know nothing about blogging or how to even write my first post, because (let's be honest) this is a little bit awkward... for both me, and you. For me, I have no idea what to say and I'm sure that I will change it a million times and I'm sure my whole family will mock me for everything I say here today and in the future. And for you, this should be awkward just because you either know me and don't normally know my thoughts. Or, you just happened to stumble across this and are reading a stranger's thoughts, you creep (that was sarcasm and you will need to learn about my extremely dry sense of humor, for these first few posts I might tell you when I am being sarcastic but after that, you'll need to figure it out on your own ;)) .
 But, on that note, I'm glad you have found me and hope that you choose to stick with me on this "journey". Again, I am very sorry for being so cliche and I promise I will try to keep that to a minimum.

Now as many of you know, or at least should know seeing as it's pretty obvious, it is now spring. And so, as spring is the birth of new beginnings, as one may say, what better time than now to start a blog. A little about what I hope a caprice creation to become, I hope it becomes a place where I'm able to teach you a few things or at least share my life with you and maybe you'll even teach me a few things (but that's being super optimistic because I'm the one typing out my life for random people to read). Okay, so maybe you want to know what will actually be on here other than random pictures I've taken and my thoughts..well I hope to post about fashion, beauty (mainly nails), home decor, some DIYs and vintage restyles, recipes, and whatever else comes to mind.

I'm Julia, and this is my caprice creation :)