13 July, 2010

Berries aplenty muffins

The abundance of sweet, juicy berries at the market recently at a great price makes me really happy.  I tend to buy too many.  That's not a problem tho' since we can freeze them for smoothies or find lots of great recipes to use them in.  I haven't fired up my oven in quite awhile due to all this southern heat and humidity.  This morning I decided to brave a hot kitchen so we could enjoy some delicious berry-filled muffins.  This recipe uses buttermilk which makes the muffins tender and airy.  

 My youngest son didn't like my muffin photos.  He was bothered by the plate of muffins in the back.  He said the muffin to the far left looked "bad".  I needed to school him in the goodness of crunchy streusel topping. 

"Folks will come to blows over the muffin with the most streusel topping on it, son."  I tell him.  
He nods his head in agreement as he crunches down on the "bad" muffin top. :)

Berries aplenty muffins with streusel topping: 
This makes between 6 and 8 muffins depending on how big you like 'em.  Doubling the recipe works fine.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries, or a combo of both
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place canola oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough buttermilk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture .  Don't over mix, we want a light and tender muffin.  If you like your batter a bit runnier a little more buttermilk can be added.  Gently fold in berries. Fill muffin cups near the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.  Mix it all well and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.