Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins with @SamuelAdamsCA

Anyone who remembers my Cheesy Beer Quick Bread post (which happens to be one of my highest viewed posts on a consistent basis) knows what a light weight I am when it comes to drinking, which is sad because I really really love to drink. To get around the fact that I’m a cheap drunk and still get booze into my body, I love cooking and baking with it.
Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins | gottagetbaked
When Samuel Adams asked if I would like to feature their beer in a baked good, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I was chatting with a good friend of mine one day about this culinary challenge and he suggested that I try making a beer screamer by trying this crazy technique of freezing but not freezing beer and then topping it with ice cream. We watched this youtube video where some random dude left a bottle of beer in the freezer for about two hours, not long enough to freeze solid but to the point where the liquid looked a bit thicker. When he removed it from the freezer, he uncapped the beer, slammed it on the counter and it slowly froze from the bottom of the bottle up. He then poured it out as a beer slushy. We were so impressed! I was all excited to make my screamer but I scrapped the idea after two failed attempts. My beer froze solid both times, even though I only had it in the freezer for an hour and a half. I’m still a bit obsessed with the idea of making a beer screamer so I think I just need to do some more experimenting!
Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins | gottagetbaked
For today, I made citrus poppyseed muffins with Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager.
Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins | gottagetbaked
Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
juice and zest of 2 medium lemons
juice and zest of 1 orange
2 large eggs, room temp
1/4 cup buttermilk (I made mine using 1/4 milk and 1 tbsp lemon juice)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager beer

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 12 muffin pan and sprinkle a layer of cornmeal on the bottom of each muffin tin. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, brown sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground ginger. Whisk until thoroughly combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, juices and zest together until fully combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Whisk in the buttermilk, vanilla and beer (don’t worry if the beer froths when you initially pour it in. It’ll calm down). Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix together until no streaks of flour remain. Be careful not to overmix.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling them 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow muffins to cool in the pan for five minutes. Remove the muffins and place onto a cooling rack.
Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins | gottagetbaked
I really enjoyed the muffins hot out of the oven. They’re wonderfully crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, with that fabulous crunchy, grittiness against your teeth from the poppy seeds and cornmeal. You can really taste the beer when the muffins are hot ‘n fresh and it combines perfectly with the citrus flavours. The beer taste is less pronounced as time passes.
Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins | gottagetbaked
Store at room temperature in an air tight container. I ate these for breakfast all week. You can heat them in the microwave or toast them, then slather with butter and/or jam.

I also made two loaves of my cheesy beer quick bread with my Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager. This bread is just as good as I remember. It’s so easy to make and so incredibly delicious that I don’t know why I don’t make it more often!
Cheesy Beer Quick Bread | gottagetbaked
Cheesy Beer Quick Bread | gottagetbaked
Cheesy Beer Quick Bread | gottagetbakedCheesy Beer Quick Bread | gottagetbaked


Whether you go sweet or savoury, I highly recommend baking with your booze. And then washing down your baking with the booze. It makes for a mighty happy day!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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22 thoughts on “Beer Citrus Poppyseed Muffins with @SamuelAdamsCA

  1. Both the muffins and beer bread look so delicious! Outstanding photography!’

    …btw, I am a TOTAL lightweight too. But in my case, I don’t really care for the taste of booze, so it’s not too bad for me lol

  2. Yummmm! And I’m not even a beer drinker….but you might have converted me, Nancy. The cheesy bread does look sooooo good. And the pert beer citrus poppyseed do look perfect. Love a crust which gives way to a soft center…Okay, off I go to try a beer smasher slushy experiment =) Tee hee. (You got my attention with the mere mention of ice cream…I’m always game for a fun variation!)

  3. Nancy, I have yet to make your Cheesy Beer Quick Bread and am kicking myself now. . this needs to happen soon along with these fabulous beer citrus poppyseed muffins!!! Hello gorgeous!! Wow! they look absolutely perfect and stunning! I don’t cook enough with beer. . I should. . we always have it (and a lot I might add; Paul is a beer drinker) in the house. . Pinned and going to try this!

  4. I have never met a poppy seed muffin I’ve been more anxious to meet. I love your story about the beer (though I guess it’s tragic it didn’t work out–sounds like it would’ve been so much fun!). So funny story about me and beer: as a notorious non-drinker, my friends have come over and brought bunches of booze, which inevitably get left in my fridge after everyone leaves. On one occasion, I had two full cases of (apparently top-quality? I don’t know) beer in my fridge, so I decided to make like 15 loaves of beer bread and post the results online. One of my friends, who is a total alcohol lover, immediately commented, “YOU USED THE BEER TO MAKE BREAD? WHAT ARE YOU DOING.” Yeah, apparently it was expensive beer. And I made awesome bread out of it instead of drinking it like a normal person. I’d almost be ashamed, except your muffins show that beer in baked goods can be nirvana. Hah!

  5. I am such a lightweight too and so I bake with booze a lot. I’m scared though people will think I’m an alcoholic on my blog hahha but is really the opposite. One margarita sends me to sleep lol! The muffins look delicious. Beer for breakfast sounds like a great idea and poppyseed is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to try this.
    Ps: just went and searched for that YouTube video hahahah! Now I want to try that.

  6. Your muffins AND bread both look terrific!!! I must try your famous cheesy beer bread. I think I’m a cheap drunk, too, LOL…so glad there are all these great recipes using booze b/c my liquor cabinet has a lifetime supply of libations.

  7. I can firmly, and I mean firmly, get behind any muffin made with beer and poppy seeds. You add lemon and I am in your pocket for all time. Nice job, Nancy!

  8. Um OK, now I’m also obsessed with that beer screamer idea. Reminds me of the good ol’ days (read: embarrassingly long after college) when I learned that you could tap the top of somebody’s bottle with the bottom of yours and make a beer geyser that they had to chug! I still have to restrain myself when a group of us are all drinking out of bottles!

    I love the flavor of Sam Adams, and enjoyed their factory tour when I was in Boston years ago. Sadly, they didn’t have any snacks on the tour! You should tell them that they should make this bread the official snack of the tour 😉

  9. Nancy, I can just feel a belch coming on from this post! Beer makes me think of belching…and eating a muffin with poppyseeds, cornmeal and beer sounds like the best belch worthy treat ever!! I have not baked with poppy seeds before and am wondering why now…. They look amazing and I love poppy seeds in bagels, so in muffins sounds divine!

  10. Both of them looks delicious and I really want to try them for my kids. I’m just wondering if the taste of the smell of the beer will wear off after baking so my kids will eat them?

    • Hi Bronwen! The muffins while fresh definitely taste like beer. I found that the beer taste had disappeared by the next day and then they just taste like citrus muffins. As for the bread, it stays tasting like beer. Hope that helps! Let me know if you try either of the recipes 🙂

      • I tried to bake to bake it with my kids around. The moment the muffins were baked they instantly ate it. I did two recipes, one recipe follows yours and the other one still follows your recipe but I decreased the amount of beer for my kids. Though they still noticed the taste of the beer, they still love it. And my husband loves the muffins so much. You know, the kids even want to learn to cook the muffins so what I did is I showed them a game in Y8: http://www.y8.com/games/cs_muffins

        See? They said they will help me the next time I’ll cook. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

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