I was six years old when the original Annie hit theaters, and I was completely smitten. Though I’m quite aware that I can’t carry a tune, it didn’t stop me from learning all of the words to “Tomorrow” and belting them out at random moments. Even years later, I never miss an opportunity to watch this classic on TV.
So I admit that I had mixed feelings about seeing the 2014 version… How would it compare to the original? Would I be disappointed in the ways that it strays from the 1982 screenplay?
Walmart sent me a copy of the movie on Blu-Ray/DVD, so I decided to make an evening of watching it with my girls. And of course a movie night requires snacks, so I baked a batch of these deliciously moist lemon poppy seed muffins. The only problem? They were a little too tasty…
How is that possible, you ask? Let’s just say that I ran upstairs to take a shower before my kids got home from school, and when I came back down, there were only three muffins left!!! No problem — they’re super simple, so I just made another batch.
Moist Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
There are two things that set these amazing lemon poppy seed muffins apart from the crowd:
1) Inspired by a King Arthur Flour recipe, I added 1/3 cup of medium grind cornmeal to the batter. This adds some unexpected texture and makes for a slightly heartier muffin, making these a fantastic way to start off every “tomorrow”!
2) Instead of the typical drizzling glaze with confectioner’s sugar, I made a quick lemon simple syrup and then stirred in some lemon zest. I brushed this mixture over the top of the still-warm-from-the-oven muffins for a bit of added sweetness with a little zing!
Also, I prefer to make these moist lemon poppy seed muffins with yogurt. My favorite is a whole milk vanilla-flavored variety, but any plain or Greek yogurt will also work well. In a pinch, you can substitute milk, but it will change the texture of your muffins somewhat.
Just a little note on lemons: One lemon should yield approximately 1/4 cup juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest, so you will need two lemons total for this recipe.
Our Thoughts on Annie 2014
Just as my girls adore my lemon poppy seed muffin recipe, they also adore this movie (as I had hoped they would). They’ve already watched it half a dozen times and learned the words to every song. It warms my heart to listen to them singing the songs along with the soundtrack — slightly off key, just like their mama!
Me, well… I enjoyed it, but I don’t think anything could top the original in my eyes. I do think the producers did an excellent job of making this classic relevant to today’s youth, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to bond with my girls over this shared experience.
If you’re planning to pick up a copy of Annie for your family, I highly recommend this special edition Annie boxed set that comes with the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD versions and a Sandy plush toy! This is an exclusive at Walmart that sells for $24.96 (ARV $38.99).