"The lemonpoppy seed combo is classic," says Vinny Dotolo. "When I was a kid, I ate lemonpoppy seed muffins for breakfast and with ice cream for dessert." Now he turns the pairing into lovely cakes: They have a tender cakey layer on the bottom, a luscious curd-like layer on top and poppy-seed crème fraîche to finish the whole thing off.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.