Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Stevia

Muffins, delicious with the scent of lemon and the characteristic flavor of poppy seeds. Lightweight and very popular desserts, eaten very easily.
In every bite, the poppy seed is broken between the teeth and you feel the crunchy texture without being a hard seed or sticking between the teeth as the strawberry. The yogurt gives them spongy and elastic texture.
Stevia was used as a sweetener, instead of sugar, with excellent results.
Try them!
work: 20′ time: 40′ very easy: 1/5
Stevia
Stevia is a family of plants from South America. Its name comes from the Spanish botanist Pedro Jaime Esteve, who was the first to study it. The plant, which mainly concerns us is the Stevia Rebaudiana whose leaves are about 40 times sweeter than sugar.
Its big advantage is that it has zero calories, which makes it ideal for diabetics, those who are on a low-calorie diet or a low carbohydrate diet (low-carb or keto). It was used for centuries as a sweetener in Paraguay.
Japan adopted stevia from 1970 and now is the largest consumer of stevia worldwide(40% of the Japanese sweetener market). Western countries delayed the aproval of stevia mainly because of opposition from the industry of synthetic sweeteners (aspartame, etc.)
In Europe, approval was finally given on 2/12/2011.Today you can find stevia in almost all the major european Super Markets.
It can be found on the internet but most often at extremely inflated prices.
During my last visit to London (January 2012) I found at the SuperMarket Truvia 270 gr/ 9.5 oz for just over €4.
In the market you will find stevia in various forms: Tablets for coffee / tea, in crystalline form as sugar, chopped leaves with minimal processing. Keep in mind that some treatment is needed because if you buy chopped green leaves, it has somewhat strange taste (there are references for a bitter/ metallic aftertaste). In the market you can find already processed stevia products by the two major users. Coca Cola promotes Truvia while Pepsi Cola promotes PureVia.

Ingredients (12 muffins)

  • 300 gr/ 10.6 oz flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp (sharp) baking soda
  • a pinc of salt
  • 70 ml/ 2.4 floz vegetable oil
  • 70 gr/ 2.5 oz Truvia (Stevia) or 200 gr sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 360 gr yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 lemmon zest
In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Leave aside for a while.
In another bowl add the yogurt, oil, eggs, lemon zest and Stevia (or sugar if you prefer)).
Beat until homogenized.
Add the poppy seeds. Mix.
Finally add the flour mixture, sifted, mixing gently to the beaten mix with a spoon.
Place special nonstick papers in the muffin cups and fill them with the prepared mix using a spoon.
The mixture is quite thick so you may need to use a small auxiliary spoon.
Bake in preheated oven at 200°C/ 390°F/ Gas 6 for 20'-25' until they swell and golden.
Remove the pan from the oven and let cool briefly on a rack.
If you want add syrup to the muffins with:

Ingredients for syrup

  • 1 lemon juice
  • 25 gr/ 0.9 oz Truvia (Stevia) or 70 gr/ 2.5 oz sugar
  • lemon zest for garnish.
Boil all the ingredients together for a while na pour over the muffins.
Dried poppy seeds with their beautiful purple color, were used in various cultures for hundreds of years. Whole or grated is added to many dishes.
There are white poppy seeds, too.
The oil from the pressing the poppy seeds is just as tasty as the seeds and is rich in vitamin E, and has not narcotic properties.
The oil has culinary and medicinal use and long service in the production of paints, varnishes, and soaps.

2 comments:

  1. Excellent! I love muffins, I get the recipe, Laura

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  2. I just had these abroad a flight, served for breakfast. They look gorgeous and tempting. Bookmarked.

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