Is it me, or is there is something magical about lemon poppy seed muffins? There is something about that fresh citrus tartness, mixed with the sweet cakey muffin, the distinct poppy seed flavor, and ever so slight crunch as the seeds burst in your mouth. It’s a good time. When making the muffins, I like to add lots of fresh lemon zest and lemon juice to the batter, and when they are hot out of the oven I spoon over a simple syrup made from freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar, to add that extra lemon flavor. Like making pound cake, the syrup sort of traps in the moisture and freshness, and makes them last a little longer than most other muffins (when stored properly). These are perfect in the morning with coffee, or in the afternoon with tea. They are simple, fresh, and delicious. Enjoy!