As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Blueberry Streusel Muffins


When my daughter-in-law Sarah came with the children for their piano lesson last week, they brought us a quart of freshly picked blueberries. Yum! We nibbled a few, and added a few to our yogurt and our morning cereal. But I wanted to make one special blueberry-something before they disappeared.

I suggested a few possibilities like Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake or Blueberry Crisp, or Blueberry Cheese Pie, but Ron requested muffins. 



So I have a blueberry muffin recipe that I have been using for many (38!) years. I have shared it before here on the blog before. I absolutely love the photos that accompanied that post, photos of the grands picking wild blueberries when they lived in Maine. Here are some . . . 

Throwback to 2013

(Oops. Got a little sidetracked with those cute grands.)

Back to this post and these muffins . . . 



As much as we enjoy those muffins, I wanted these to be something special, so I pulled this clipping out of my recipe collection.  It was a feature in an old issue (June 2002) of Martha Stewart Living called "Muffins 101." The article included several basic muffin recipes, suggestions for add-ins, recipes for a variety of toppings, and basic how-to's. 



Using this article as a guide, I created some blueberry muffins with a scrumptious streusel topping. 

These muffins are moist and delicious. One person in my house said that they could just eat the streusel topping with a spoon! Martha's recipe for streusel uses confectioner's sugar which gives it a perfect consistency. Of course, there is also plenty of butter in the topping, so that doesn't hurt!  




These muffins met my requirement for something "special" to make with our blueberries! If you want something special for your summer breakfast table or for guests, give these a try!




P.S. You can substitute another fruit like raspberries or chopped peaches. They will be just as good!




BLUEBERRY STREUSEL MUFFINS
(Makes 12 standard muffins)


Muffin Ingredients:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk, room temperature 
1 large egg, room temperature
1 1/4 cups blueberries
streusel topping (recipe below)


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter or grease a standard muffin tin.

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl; whisk to combine.

In a medium bowl,combine butter, vanilla, sugar, milk, and egg; whisk to combine.
Fold butter mixture and fruit into flour mixture just until mixed. (Don't overmix!)

Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each cup. Press 2 tablespoons of streusel on top of each.
Bake until tops are golden, 15 to 18 minutes.
Remove from oven; let cool in pan 15 to 20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Serve warm or at room temperature.
(I think these muffins are just as good - or even better-  the next day!)   


Streusel Topping:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
Mix with your fingers until mixture is moist and crumbly.


13 comments:

  1. Cheryl, I have a favourite blueberry muffin recipe that I've used for decades too. But I know what you mean when you want this presentation to be that extra bit special. And that streusel topping certainly qualifies in my books. They look so delicious.

    Wishing you a beautiful day...
    Brenda xox

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! Wouldn't it be nice to share a muffin, a cup of coffee or tea, and a little (or long) chat? I would certainly add the streusel for that!

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  2. Children romping in a blueberry field = perfect summer day!

    My homemaking life started with a blueberry muffin recipe from a dear friend of my mother's. That streusel was made with plenty of butter and brown sugar. Now you have me very curious. Over the past few years, I make Betsy's Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins most of the time. I will be trying yours before the heat comes back.

    (Having troubles commenting in Blogdom this morning. Keeping 🤞🏼 Trying a copy and paste this time.)

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    1. Those pictures sure made me smile this morning! (Although I am smiling even bigger that they live here in Maryland now!)

      Let me know how the muffins turn out for you. I will try not to be envious that you are getting a break from the heat. 😉 Here today: hazy, hot, and humid. Such is summer.

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  3. I dont often make muffins, but those look extra special with that lovely topping.
    The problem is that once made....someone's got to eat them!

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    1. Barbara, that is a very real problem. Usually, I only bake when we're having company. In this case, I baked so that I could use the berries before they were gone. If only I could have company . . .

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  4. They look amazing. Thanks for the descriptions and the recipe. I'm having some summer visitors next week. I'll have to make sure I have the ingredients on hand.

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    1. Thanks, Ellen! I think your visitors will enjoy them!

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  5. It's so fun to see your grands in the years past, Cheryl. I have been looking at older photos of my own lately. The blueberry gift bought back happy memories for you and a wonderfully delicious sounding muffin. There are blueberries in my freezer that just may well find themselves made into your muffins.

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    1. It is such fun to reminisce, isn't it? Then we realize just how much and how quickly they've grown! (Not that we didn't already know it . . . )

      I hope you enjoy the muffins. I think you will!

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  6. Oh these muffins look like heaven on a plate! I will be keeping your recipe handy...and loved those darling pic of your grands. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!

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  7. These sound so good. I am going to have to copy this recipe and try to make my own.

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  8. Those muffins are beautiful. And thank you for the recipe, Cheryl! I have to say... that coffee cake looks scrumptious too! :) Adding both recipes to my file!

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