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Not long ago, Jenny of Websy Daisy posted to her Facebook friends that she had had a bumper crop of 192 lemons on her tree in her yard.  She was offering to share, and I happily took her up on the offer of fresh local lemons.  Their smell was amazing (to the point of being overpowering) when they first arrived at our house.  Grocery store lemons don’t smell that fabulous!

These muffins are mildly lemon flavored.  I found they become more lemony after sitting for 24 hours.  However, if you would like a stronger lemon flavor to your muffins, add another 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract or another teaspoon of lemon zest.


GFDF Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Greatly adapted from Bon Appétit, May 2009

1/2 cup almond meal*
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup organic brown rice flour
1/2 cup organic tapioca starch
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons organic poppy seeds
2/3 cup organic rice milk
6 tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice
1 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup organic palm shortening
1 tablespoon organic lemon zest (about 2 large lemons)
2 large organic eggs
1 teaspoon organic lemon extract
1 teaspoon organic GF vanilla extract

Organic powdered sugar
Organic canola oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil muffin tins with canola oil. Using electric mixer, beat eggs, lemon juice, sugar, palm shortening, lemon zest, lemon flavor and vanilla extract in a large bowl.  Using a spoon, mix almond meal, sorghum flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, baking soda and poppy seeds in a medium bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Stir in rice milk.

Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full.  Bake muffins about 20 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pans and cool.  Generously sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Makes 14-16 muffins.

*Almonds are not true nuts but carry a cross-contamination risk. To make this recipe nut free, substitute organic millet flour.