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Orange Poppy Seed Muffins With Orange Marmalade Glaze

Orange And Poppy Seed Muffins

Do you love orange and poppy seed muffins ? We absolutely adore these citrus muffins. Zesty orange and poppy seed muffins are perfect grab for breakfasts, afternoon snacks or for kid’s lunch boxes.

These easy to bake delicious muffins  are light, sweet and can be served as light dessert too, when glazed with an orange marmalade. The citrus, sweet, crunchy flavour of these muffins are absolutely delightful and they looks so adorable.

These bright orange muffins are like flicker of golden sunshine that wakes you right up in the morning. Hence these are my favourite as breakfast muffins.

orange poppy seed muffins

Baking With Citrus Fruits

My family is a big fan of orange and lemon muffins. Growing up, plain old fashioned slightly salted and sweet lemon muffins were quite regular in my home. Vanilla and lemons were the only two popular flavours then.

But adding black poppy seeds in to these muffins are entirely new to me. And while baking these orange poppy seed muffins, I discovered that orange, lemon and poppy seeds are an amazing combination.

I love love baking with citrus fruits. Lemons, limes, citron and oranges are some of my favourites.  The zingy zesty flavours of oranges are so intoxicating and flavoursome. And I love the way the entire house smells so good when I bake cakes and muffins with oranges.

Have you checked our French Orange Yogurt Cake ?

orange poppy seed muffin

Ingredients Needed For Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Flour – these muffins calls for soft flour like all purpose or cake flour. It will make soft fluffy muffins. Together when mixed with baking soda and baking powder, which when added will react with orange juice to make the muffins rise.

Butter – I love the buttery flavour in my muffins. You can substitute this with any neutral flavour oil too. 

Oranges – you will need both as orange marmalade, zest and juice.

Poppy seeds – tiny black poppy seeds are an excellent addition in these muffins. They add beautiful crunch in every bite. I would not prefer to swap with any other seeds.

Eggs and sugar – I love adding eggs in my cakes and muffins. Though eggs can be substituted with yogurt in general, but in this particular recipe I have not tried it. Sometimes substitution does not gives the desired results. Sugar you can adjust accordingly. Because this recipe uses marmalade also.


orange poppy seed muffin


Orange And Poppy Seed Muffins

Zesty, flavourful orange poppy-seed muffins glazed with orange marmalade
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: orange poppy seed muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Sukanya Ghosh


  • 2 Cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ Cup Poppy seeds (black)
  • Cup Granulated sugar (more or less adjust accordingly)
  • 125 Gm Butter
  • 1 Cup Orange marmalade
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Orange zest (finely grated)


  • Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F
  • Soak the poppy seed in milk for 20 minutes. This step will make the poppy seeds more crunchy
  • Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin pan or line it with paper cases.
  • Mix the orange zest with sugar and keep it aside. This will heighten the flavour of orange in the muffin.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl and add the baking powder, mix it well.
  • Stir in the sugar with orange zest and mix it well with the flour.
  • 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.
  • Whisk the eggs and add it to the butter - marmalade mixture. Fold it well.
  • Add the orange juice and baking soda to the above mixture and blend it well.
  • Add the egg - butter - marmalade - orange juice mixture in the flour, slowly. Fold it with a spatula.
  • Stir in the milk and poppy seed mixture in to the flour and fold it well.
  • While adding the wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients, keep it in mind that do not fold or blend it too vigorously.
    Do it with a light gentle hand. We do not want any gluten formation here. Else muffins will become hard and tough.
    Little bit lumps in the batter is okay.
  • Divide the mixture evenly among the holes - fill each hole to about three-quarter full.
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden and skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Heat the remaining marmalade and brush over the top of warm muffins.
  • Leave them to cool in the pan for couple of minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack.
  • Serve warm at room temperature.


Do not over mix 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.



orange poppy seed muffin



  • 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.

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    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.
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      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..

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      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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    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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