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Orange poppy seed muffin with orange marmalade glaze for the spring

Misha and I were geographically separated, culturally distinct, ethnically different yet we were friends, we used to write to each other once in a while in our broken English, and we had never met in life, we were pen friends. Many moons ago in late eighties, we used to share our stories, fancies of a 12-year-old girl for whom places like Russia (then USSR) exist only in her geography textbook, through mail sealed in a red and blue striped air mails, the friendship continued till one year.

orange poppy seed muffin
Over the period of time, I have met many Mishas thanks to the Internet revolution (term like pen friends become obscure), we started downloading whatever fancies us, and then the next big leap on uploading almost everything and make this world flat. But still I missed those innocent charms of letters, those handwritten scribbles and smileys, those personalised archies and hallmarks cards has now become history.
orange muffin
Welcome to the gen Z+1 the world of Fb and blogging through which I met Deboshree of Paneer and Pulao, who has a natural flair for writing and loved it all the more when it got spicer, she is truly a gifted writer. Writing comes naturally to her, and I love the way she plays with the words and weaved them beautifully to express her thoughts, she writes on almost anything that caught her attention, from over-smart kids to rain in Pune, love lost couples to kurta clad netas and the most amusing thing that I loved most is her rational and balanced approach which reflects through her impeccable writing. Someday I would love to read a book on short stories authored by her. (are you listening D ?)
orange muffin
Couple of post back, she tagged me with a 7*7 award.  This 7*7 tagging is your golden ticket to showcase your good, bad and ugly post along with a secret wish 😉 about your yourself that you have to share with the world. So  here we go …

Okay, now there are many wishes, not sure they are secret or not, as I keep telling people I want to do this or that –  ” someday I would like to go for a Everest base camp trek, a classic walk along the world’s most famous mountain chain.”

Links Gallery :

The Most Beautiful Piece : Mango Sandesh As I penned down my thoughts on mango sandesh, it reminisce the old world charm of Kolkata and the beautiful memories that we had of the city.

Most Helpful Piece : Diwali mithais : the sweet and bitter story which highlights the existing food adulteration in processed foods like mawa / khova which forms the base for making sweets in India.

Most Popular Piece : Chicken Rezala  and certainly my favourite too.

Most Controversial Piece: Who owns the rasgulla ? It garnered lots of ugly remarks and generated few hate mails too, and I fail to understand why such hullabaloo on something as sweet as rasgulla.

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece : May be this Bacon and cheese appetizer, (get most shares on pinterest) but I am not sure.

Most Underrated Piece : Hidden treasure inside baked alaska, the most wonderful and best thing that I ever had on this planet.

Most Pride-worthy Piece : we completed our First ever trek in Himalaya – The Gaumukh Trek

Now, coming to the celebration part, Spring says “lets party” and in memory of those innocent moments and blogship aka friendship, let’s have this orange poppy-seed muffin with a zesty orange marmalade glaze.
orange poppy seed muffin

Recipe: Orange poppy-seed muffins glazed with orange marmalade

Summary: Zesty, flavourful orange poppy-seed muffins glazed with orange marmalade for spring


  • All purpose flour : 3 cups
  • Baking powder : 1 tsp
  • Poppy seeds (black) : 1/4 cup
  • Granulated sugar : 1/3 cup +
  • Butter (unsalted) : 4 oz / 2 half sticks / 125g
  • Orange marmalade : 1 cup
  • Milk : 1 cup
  • Eggs : 2 large
  • Orange zest (finely grated) 1 tbsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin pan or line it with paper cases.
  3. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the baking powder, mix it well.
  4. Stir the poppy seeds and sugar in the flour and make a well in the centre.
  5. Put the butter and 2/3 cup orange marmalade in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the butter has melted and the ingredients are combined.
  6. Whisk together the milk, eggs and orange zest and pour in the well.
  7. Add the butter and marmalade, fold with a metal spoon until just combined.
  8. Divide the mixture evenly among the holes – fill each hole to about three-quarter full.
  9. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden and skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Heat the remaining marmalade and brush over the top of warm muffins.
  11. Leave them to cool in the pan for couple of minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack.
  12. Serve warm at room temperature.

Quick notes

Do not overmix the batter, it will be slightly lumpy. Muffins are best eaten on the day they are made, so if you want to store them, then let it cool completely and put them in ziplock or airtight bag.


You can replace orange with lime zest and can be glazed with lime marmalade.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars: ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Awards meant to be shared, they comes with “not for your eyes only” tag,  hence I am passing this 7*7 award to some of my wonderful blogger friends : Deepa , Sayantani , Ushnish da , Varsha , Archana , Kalyani and Priya

Go and check their blogs and I am eagerly waiting for their link fest.

Life is beautiful, it is zesty, fragrant and let’s make it more wonderful.

Have a beautiful day



  • Reply
    April 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I was thinking of this topic for a long long time. my cousin sister who lived in Kolkata had a couple of pen friends…I so wanted to have one. it not only opens many doors to unknown worlds but also its easier to share things to someone you have never met. I miss hand written letters too…
    lovely muffins. why these poppyseeds are black? is it different from what we usually use for posto?

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      April 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

      very true Sayantani, having a penfriends really taught you so much, opens a new world altogether and you get to learn so much in the process. Mould your thoughts and broaden your outlook too. but in todays showy world, things like these become obscure and looks like shout from another century.

      these are black poppy seed used mainly in baked products like breads, very different from our posto which is made from white poppy seed. This was a reveleation to me too.

  • Reply
    April 19, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Sukanya, thanks a million for the kind words you have written about me. I am blushing red as a beetroot, I can tell you. 😀 You are a sweetheart. (Yes, I am listening S. Those are very encouraging words. I don’t know if I am up to it but if it happens some day, you know who’s getting complimentary copies. :D)

    This post goes to my bookmarks. Chicken rezala and alaska still remain on my most coveted list. I think you did those really well. Especially the attention to detail, even for novices like me. There are a couple here which I am yet to read about and I will do that asap. Thanks a lot for taking this up and doing it so beautifully! 🙂

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      April 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

      And you are a darling. I meant every word I have written about you. You deserved it. “blushing red as beetroot” loved this quote, see only you can come up with such words. so cute.
      and yes do send me the compli copies of your first published work, I will treasure it. Infact you can convert your blog into book, any publisher will lap it up. think…think about it.
      I always get to read some good and thought provoking piece in your blog. Keep it up dear.

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    April 19, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Simply love this kind of yummy super spongy muffins, that glossy orange marmalade glaze looks marvellous..Super delicious 7 links..

    • Reply
      April 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Orange marmalade is perhaps the only jam, Priya that I cant say no to it, loved it so much, perhaps thats another reason for loving this muffin.

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    April 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

    so the secret wish remains a secret? But my prayers and good wishes for fulfillment : Passion always finds success.
    Thankees for sharing the tag !
    Bacon and cheese rules !

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    April 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Wow what a lovely recipe 🙂 Those muffins look so fresh and yummy 🙂

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    shruti @ a spoonful of yumm
    April 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    your pictures are gorgeous 🙂 what i love about muffins is they are so easy to make

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    May 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks dear for the tag. Will try it out when the hectic pace of vacations stops.

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    Emery Bertelle
    October 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Appreciating the time and effort you put into your blog and in depth information you present. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information. Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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    December 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Hi I am yet to try this muffin but just wanted to tell you that I have posted the 7-7 tag award you passed on. Thanks a lot.

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