Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

To be truthful, I did not expect much from these Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed muffins. They were a Sunday afternoon baking impulse, a product of restlessness rather than thoughtful intention. 

However, when the scent of these baking muffins filled the air, all my pre-conceived notions about them quickly disappeared. And when I took my first bite, I realised I had definitely judged them too soon.

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed MuffinsChamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

These muffins exceeded all my wildest expectations and easily fall into my nearest and dearest of favourite recipes. They are bursting with the compelling tang of lemon which is sharply contrasted against the mellow flavour of chamomile and additional textural crunch of poppy seeds.

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed muffins are deliciously moist, soft and lightly sweetened with just enough sugar to satisfy the palette. The lemon juice and zest means they do have a citrus bite so if you do enjoy a bit more sugar, you can slather the tops with a warm lemon curd glaze like I did, for a decadent extra sweet touch.

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed MuffinsChamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

These muffins aren’t complicated or elaborate; they are rather rustic with imperfect but striking butter cracks in their tops. I didn’t need them to be perfect though, just honest, comforting and kind.

The best part about the recipe, has to be how simple they are to create. The batter can easily be created with ingredients already in your pantry, mixed in one bowl with a single wooden spoon – no need for elaborate ingredients, technique or electrical equipment.

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed MuffinsChamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed muffins are a comfort food perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or dessert. They just beg to be enjoyed alongside a giant cup of tea. The batter is hearty and textual – riddled with poppy seeds and infused with lemon and chamomile flavour. The recipe yields twelve large muffins and to put it simply, they are so delicious you will have to share them or risk devouring the entire batch yourself.

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins
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Serves: 12
  • 250 ml (1 cup) whole milk
  • 3 tsp loose leaf Chamomile tea or 4 tea bags
  • 375 grams (2½ cups) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 155 grams (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 125 grams butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • To glaze or serve: lemon curd
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with liners or baking paper squares.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, bring the milk to a light simmer and add the Chamomile. Bring to a boil then set aside to infuse and cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the sifted flour, caster sugar and poppy seeds and stir to combine.
  4. Add the melted butter, lemon juice, zest and eggs to the dry ingredients.
  5. Using a sieve gently strain the milk from the tea leaves (if using bags skip this step) and add to the batter.
  6. Gently fold the batter, being careful not to overwork it.
  7. Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cases.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean - the muffins will continue to cook upon standing so be careful not to leave them in too long.
  9. Remove muffins onto a baking rack and let cool.
  10. Whilst the muffins are cooling, in a small saucepan over low heat, place 4 tablespoons of lemon curd and 1 tablespoon of water and heat until softened and runny.
  11. With a pastry brush gently glaze the tops of the slightly warm muffins.

Chamomile, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins 


  • Reply Nagi@RecipeTinEats May 18, 2016 at 12:49 am

    These muffins will be the next on my list!

  • Reply Adina June 29, 2015 at 8:20 am

    These are my next muffins!

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  • Reply Melinda December 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Sunshine in a muffin tin! Isn’t it wonderful when a recipe exceeds expectations. Pinning these to my list of todos. Thanks.

  • Reply Nickie November 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  • Reply francoise la prune November 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    They look delicious! Love your blog! It’s so beautiful! 🙂

  • Reply Supermancooks November 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    First, thank you so much for visiting our site, we appreciate the comments and support. Secondly, wow, your site is amazing and all the desserts looks simply amazing. While baking is not my forte, I want to tackle some of these recipes including this one. I will keep looking at your site for future recipes.
    Thanks again

  • Reply THE HUNGRY MUM October 29, 2014 at 1:07 am

    too, too perfect. Poppyseed anything is superb 🙂

  • Reply DOnna October 28, 2014 at 1:57 am

    The combination of flavors is so incredibly unique, and some of my favorite. Can’t wait to try these!

  • Reply evi@thehealthycook October 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Hello again Thalia!
    What a great idea to use chamomile in these citrusy muffins!! I’m sure they are very fragnant!! And they look so moist and delicious!
    I’m definetely going to try this recipe!
    Greetings from Athens!

  • Reply myfoodpassion October 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I love to bake muffins. These ones looks so yummy.

  • Reply Sarah @ SnixyKitchen October 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    This flavor combination sounds to-die-for. Plus, I still have a whole lemon tree to use up!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Lemon and poppy seeds is a classic I heart! Again, I’ve smitten with your photography skills 🙂

  • Reply Evi | Cook-Taste-Live October 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    These muffins are just beautiful! They look so citrusy and moist. I can’t wait to make them!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Amanda @ cookie bamed desire October 23, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Oh I can imagine how incredible these muffins must taste. I love the combination of chamomile and lemon with the poppy seed. I imagine each flavor plays off one another so beautifully without being overwhelming. It reminds me of when I tried to grow my own chamomile without success, sadly. I imagine a fresh chamomile flower would be the perfect garnish t

  • Reply ELIZABETH October 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Love the combination of the chamomile and lemon flavors. And the packaging is just so pretty!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes October 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I’ve always been a tea girrrl, so I’m especially loving that it’s having a major moment in the baking department, these look delightful and delicious 🙂

  • Reply Sarah @ Savoring Spoon October 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Mmm poppyseed! I can just imagine having these for breakfast with a big cup of tea.

  • Reply karen October 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    These muffins look so good! Thank goodness for those Sunday baking days 😉

  • Reply Carlynn October 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Those muffins look glorious, Thalia! I wish I had one right now, with the giant cup of tea that you mentioned : )

  • Reply The Blonde Chef October 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Wow! These are so gorgeous! I love the combination of chamomile and lemon (especially in a poppy-seed muffin!). I can’t wait to try these! Awesome job!

  • Reply sue/the view from great island October 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Glorious sunny muffins — and I love the layout of your blog, it’s a pleasure to read, without all the ads 🙂

  • Reply Oana@through oanas lens October 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Such a great idea to add chamomile to these gorgeous muffins! I will definitely make them…I am so intrigued how they taste like…

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou October 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    These are super cute Thalia (and this comes from someone who uses the word cute sparingly!)

  • Reply Emily October 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    This is my kind of baking Thalia. Now I can put my chamomile tea bags into good use. They were an impulse purchase and I’ve realised that I don’t like them as much as I thought ha! Let’s hope I’ll like them in my muffins and the lemon is a nice touch to complement the chamomile tea. x Emily

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven October 22, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Seriously, all your flavor combos just boggle my mind, Thaila! These muffins are totally gorgeous and I’m in love with your bright vibrant photos, girl!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron October 22, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Wow, these muffins look delicious, Thalia! Love that you added chamomile to them. I’ve always been curious about adding chamomile to baking 🙂

  • Reply cheri October 22, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Hi Thalia, not sure how you do it but post after post you have the most beautiful and amazing recipes!

  • Reply Sugar et al. October 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Lemon curd makes is a gorgeous thing to add to baked goods.These flavours sound lovely together. I could eat these beauties for breakfast, lunch and dinner:-)

  • Reply Carla (@charliesue) October 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Seriously DYING to try these. This flavor profile just speaks to me- some of my favorite tastes! LOVE!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina October 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I am personally a chamomile fanatic! And I love how you incorporated the ingredient into the traditional lemon and poppy muffin! Such a great idea!

  • Reply Bea October 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Have I died and gone to heaven!??Awesome!

  • Reply Nora @ Savory Nothings October 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Love this recipe! Gorgeous pictures too!

  • Reply Olivia @ olivia's cuisine October 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I can just imagine the smell… I wish I could have one of these muffins right now!!!

  • Reply fareseason October 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Looks great Thalia! Chamomile and lemon curd sound amazing.

  • Reply Muna Kenny October 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    These muffins looks beautiful and delicious! I love having muffins in the morning, so convenient 🙂

  • Reply Tonia October 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    What a lovely muffin recipe! I wish I had one to enjoy with my breakfast!

  • Reply easyfoodsmith October 21, 2014 at 8:46 am

    This is a nice twist…i have yet to try baked goods using tea.

  • Reply Meghan October 21, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I’m in love with these flavors & photos. They carry such a light spirit. I’m not particularly big on neither lemon or poppy, but I might have to try these just to double check. Lovely!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice October 21, 2014 at 2:38 am

    What a wonderful flavor, Thalia! I honestly couldn’t think of a lighter, more tastier muffin. I love chamomile tea but haven’t tried it in baked goods before, so now I’m intrigued! And gorgeous pictures, too!

  • Reply Christine // my natural kitchen October 21, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Thalia, what a beautiful site you’ve cultivated here. I’m really enjoying perusing your lovely recipes and photos. I once had a tea made using chamomile, lemon peel, and a few other things and it was so nice – your muffins look the the perfect bite of my tea reincarnated! I think my father would really love these, as a spin on his old favourite of lemon and poppy seed. Beautiful!

    • Reply thalia October 21, 2014 at 1:51 am

      Thanks Christine xx

  • Reply sAVITA @ cHEFdEhOME October 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I love Chamomile tea and really like idea of using tea in muffins. Great bake Thalia, I have to try these muffins soon!

  • Reply marcie October 20, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Isn’t it funny how some of the best recipes are created when you’re not even trying? These muffins look like perfection with those perfect domes, and I’m intrigued by the chamomile! And lemon curd is always a fabulous topper. Pinning.

  • Reply Chineka wiLLIAMS October 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and I know that these muffins taste great with the poppy seeds.

  • Reply Valentina October 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    These look amazing! I have never tried this combination in a muffin but I am totally convinced!

  • Reply Ashley October 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    What pretty muffins! I love poppy seed muffins and these sound delicious!

  • Reply Nicky @ Kitchen Sanctuary October 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    wow they look so fluffy, light and amazing! Great pictures as always Thalia!

  • Reply Randle October 20, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Oooh! 3 things:

    – I love your pretty blog. Can’t wait to look around more.
    – Isn’t it great when that happens? When you cook something on a whim or just because and it turns out to be exactly what you didn’t know you were craving?
    – Flowers in baked goods is becoming one of my favorite combinations. I’ve been making lavender recipes this year to use up a (too) large bag I bought, but I would love to cook with more herbal flavors, like chamomile. Once I had an Earl Gray doughnut that was perfect…

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen October 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I love that you slathered lemon curd on top of these fabulous looking muffins – making something awesome even MORE awesome 😀 Definitely going to give this recipe a try!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout October 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous! It’s always a great feeling when a recipe turns out better than expected 🙂 The lemon curd on the top is to die for!

  • Reply S @ MODERN GRANOLA October 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    This looks incredible! I am definitely going to make these. I love the lemon-curd-glaze idea. Great touch!

  • Reply Tekesha October 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I just saw these on foodgawker and had to run over and leave a comment. There’s a massive problem with your post — the hand pictured holding one of those muffins should be mine! Lol! The tea, the lemon curd, it all sounds and looks so amazing.

  • Reply Josefine {the smoothie lover} October 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Yumm… these look good. I love one-bowl recipes 🙂 And gorgeous photos!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita October 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    These muffins are beautiful, and sound like such a delicious mix of flavors! Love the lemon curd on top – too perfect.

  • Reply Anetta @ The Wanderlust Kitchen October 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! It’s breakfast time right about now and I wish I had made these yesterday so I could eat the leftovers right this moment!

  • Reply Emily October 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Ooh, love the combo of chamomile and lemon! The lemon curd brings such a lovely brightness to the muffins.

  • Reply shelley @ Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} October 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    You always make everything look gorgeous! These look amazing as usual and I love the wrappers…

  • Reply saltandserenity October 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Lemon curd on lemon poppyseed muffins!!! So genius. I love the look of the bright almost neon lemon curd on these honest unassuming muffins. beautiful prose and photos.

  • Reply Cakespy October 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Am I allowed to add frosting? OK. 🙂 Wow, these look just so pretty. They added a little bit of sunshine to a cool fall day for me.

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery October 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    These look gorgeous! I’ve had a thing for lemon poppyseed ever since I was a kid. And that lemon curd? Yes.

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy Food Dance October 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    One of the best combos is lemon and poppy seeds, the addition of chamomile sounds perfect! I will definitely be making these!

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment October 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I love that you’ve added chamomile to this classic recipe! They are just gorgeous, Thalia!

  • Reply jen @ Baked by an Introvert October 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I love lemon poppy seed muffins! I bet the addition of chamomile makes these muffins even more incredible. Pinning!

  • Reply Amanda Vuu October 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    these are the cutest! i just discovered your site and am in LOVE. i am definitely obsessed with tea infused desserts.

  • Reply L0vlie October 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    These look absolutely gorgeous. I wonder how chamomile and lemon taste like together, I’ve never had this combo before. It’s definitely one to try! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Great photos too! 🙂

  • Reply Susie Gall October 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    …another great job – beautiful post, recipe & photos.

  • Reply Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen October 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    These chamomile lemon puppy seed muffins sound right up my alley. I love when a recipe turns out just right – especially when you are not expecting it too 🙂 Gorgeous photos!!

  • Reply Danielle October 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

    These look delicious! I love lemon poppy seed anything and the addition of the lemon curd sounds fantastic too.

  • Reply October 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

    These look stunning Thalia 🙂

  • Reply mari October 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Lovely! I’ve never seen lemon curd at the grocery store…it’s similar to jam I imagine?

    • Reply thalia October 20, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Yes very similar, a little smoother than jam and made with butter x

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