Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Blueberry Muffins: Round 2


There was no melty blueberry goodness in round 1. There was no inviting perspiration in round 1. This muffin brought it.

Aptly titled, the "To Die For Blueberry Muffins" are a serious front runner in my quest to find the best blueberry muffin recipe, ever. I think I may have to limit myself to three challengers ( and, I might pick a wimp for the third try so this one can win.) These were so moist, dense, and delicious... no residue but I'm starting to think that might be a good thing.

Something of note: the batter was like glue, keeping the berries from sinking to the bottom which I didn't even know I cared about until I realized I fully appreciated the even distribution. So, I checked back to round 1 muffins... there's no comparison.

(Oh, sorry about round 1, Trisha Yearwood. For what it's worth, I really liked your baked beans recipe and I sang "She's in love with the boy" for about three years straight....)

I found this recipe thanks to the fine community of Allrecipes.com I really like that there's a strong following at allrecipes.com providing invaluable information on how the recipes turn out, along with modification suggestions. I followed some advice and cut down the quantity of the crumb topping and did a 1/2 c. brown sugar + 1/4 c. white sugar mix ( instead of the 3/4 c. white sugar called for...this is because I ran out of white sugar.)


Crumb topping? Yes, that's right... and all was right with the world.











I'm not kidding. These are scary good. Seriously, look at this face I found in my evenly distributed berries...


Scary Good Blueberry Muffins

Source: Adapted from "To Die For Blueberry Muffins" by Colleen on Allrecipes.com
Yield- 7 big muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • one large egg, beaten
  • approximately 1/3 cup milk ( you'll see why the approximation)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

For the topping:

  • 1/8 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter, cubed ( 1/4 stick)
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with muffin liners.

2. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.

3. Add 1/3 cup vegetable oil and egg in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add milk until the total volume of all wet ingredients is 1 cup. Add wet ingredients to flour/sugar mix, gently stirring until dry ingredients are just blended.

4. Fold in blueberries then spoon into muffin tin.

5. To make crumb topping, cut the sugar, flour, butter, and cinnamon together in a small bowl with a fork until a coarse meal forms.

6. Top muffins with crumb mixture and bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes then lower temperature to 350 and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. ( The temperature change makes the outside crumb crust a bit crispy while preventing burning...I'm getting the hang of this.)

6 comments:

Tasha said...

I chose you to take care of my child in the event of my untimely death because you're the kind of person to take photos of faces in blueberry muffins.

My hero.

small house said...

I like this recipe. I find it easy to make and the ingredients are all in the pantry today. So probably, I am going to start doing it today.

Marjorie said...

they look outrageously delicious :)
love the blog. just hit follow!
stop by mine some time x

Tasha said...

Yeah, so...I tried these tonight. And you know what? The muffin tops are, well, tops. The cup part tastes funny. I wonder what I did.

Traveling Spork said...

Tasha... hmmm... I'll make these again and let you know if they turned out the same but I found them to be amazing. I'm still looking for a third contender for the blueberry muffin champ. Any suggestions?

Alisa-Foodista said...

That blueberry muffin face reminds me so much of the annoying orange in youtube :)love this recipe :)