Just yesterday I was telling you how my husband had been gone for awhile, remember? Well he came home early which means that the floors weren’t mopped, the clean clothes were still in the dryer (you know, the ones I washed 3 days ago), and most importantly, the fridge was empty. And by empty I mean there’s nothing but a gallon of milk, 2 eggs, and a jug of tea that one of his friends left here months ago.
I felt pretty awful that he had come home to no food – not awful enough to actually get dressed and go to the store, mind you – and ended up making these blueberry crumb muffins for him to snack on.
I have to say, this might be the best blueberry muffin recipe I have tried. I think it’s the crumb to muffin ratio that makes these so fantastic. You’re going to think you have too much crumb topping but just keep piling it on! It’s the best part, of course. The muffins by themselves are great too – soft and sweet with the slightly tart blueberry throughout.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 8 tablespoons 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 pint blueberries
Preheat oven to 375 F. Line muffin pans with paper liners.
To make the crumb topping: Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon to a medium bowl; stir with a fork to combine. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar to the pan, using a rubber spatula to combine with the butter. Pour the butter/brown sugar mixture over the flour mixture and use the fork to stir until all of the flour is moistened. Set aside while you make you muffin batter.
To make the muffins: Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until pale in color, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/2 of the flour mixture then the milk and finally the remaining flour mixture, beating only until just combined.
Scrape the sides of the bowl then add the blueberries, folding them into the batter. Divide the batter evenly among the wells of the muffin pans, filling each about 3/4-full. Break the crumb topping into small pieces and scatter over the tops of the muffins. Bake for about 22 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the muffin pans to a wire rack and let the muffins cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan to the rack to cool completely.