Passionfruit, Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

I forgot how underrated a citrus and poppy seed muffin is! For this recipe I used passionfruit but you can sub the passionfruit for some other citrus fruits like lemons or oranges. 


  • 3 tbsp (25g) poppy seeds
  • ½ cup (125 ml) whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cup (220g) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon, microplaned 
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 90g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 passionfruits, straining the juice so you end up with 
  •  ¼ cup passionfruit juice without the seeds, plus 1 tablespoon extra for the icing. Reserve the seeds for the icing. 
  • 1 cup of icing sugar

Watch the process




  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius. 
  2. Mix the poppyseeds into the milk and allow to soak for at least 15 minutes whilst you prep the other ingredients.
  3.  Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and baking soda) and lemon zest in a bowl
  4. Beat the butter until creamy and then slowly add in the caster sugar until dissolved and creamy. 
  5. Add the eggs and beat until combined.
  6. Add the milk and poppyseed mixture and beat until combined.
  7. Fold in the dry mixture with a spatula until just combined. Add ¼ cup of passionfruit juice (seeds removed) into the batter and mix until just combined. 
  8. Line a muffin tray with patty pans or if you want them to look like mine. Cut square pieces of baking paper large enough to hang over the edges and place into the tins. 
  9. Fill the muffin pans close to the top. 
  10. Bake in the oven for 17 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. 
  11. Remove from the oven and place onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. To make the passionfruit icing, mix 1 tablespoon of passionfruit juice, plus the strained seeds with the icing sugar until you get a smooth mixture. If you want a thick icing, add more icing sugar to create thicker consistency. For a thin icing, add a bit more passionfruit juice or water. 
  13. Ice the muffins once they are cool and allow the icing to set.
  14. Enjoy! 


If you love passionfruit as much as I do, check out some of my other passionfruit recipes below; 



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