Blueberry Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping
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Serves: 1.5 Dozen Muffins
 
This recipe has ended my search for the perfect Blueberry Muffin. For years, I was disappointed because even though they always looked delicious, biting into one was a major disappointment due to either stinginess on the berry elements, not much structure, or muffins so sweet they wanted to give me a headache. I had sworn off blueberry muffins altogether until I met these guys…. They have a nice, firm texture that can hold up to the tons of blueberries inside and is just the right amount of sweetness. They’re topped with a buttery, crunchy streusel and just a little whisper of cinnamon that’s guaranteed to put a big smile on your face. This recipe, like so many others, appears to have a long and winding history. I first discovered it when my niece, Toni, made some for us from a recipe she found on Pinterest. I made a few tweaks just because I can’t keep my hands off of any recipe, and this is the result. After all, this is the world of cooking – everybody has their own spin on the classics, and that’s a very good thing.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE MUFFINS
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter – melted and cooled
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • FOR THE TOPPING
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. FOR THE TOPPING
  2. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Set aside until you’re ready to pop your muffins in the oven.
  4. FOR THE MUFFINS
  5. Preheat oven to 375 and get your muffin pans ready. Either use those cute paper liners or give the pans a good spray with cooking spray. You can use butter if you want to get really fancy.
  6. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  7. Toss in the fresh blueberries and gently mix them into the flour.
  8. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine the melted stick of butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix together enough so the eggs are smooshed up in there.
  9. Gently mix the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir just long enough so everything is combined. You don’t want to overmix muffins, because overmixing forms gluten, which makes the muffins tough.
  10. Fill your muffin tins about ¾ full. If you have an ice cream scoop laying around, it does a great job of handling this part of the effort. You’ll end up with close to 1 ½ dozen muffins.
  11. Sprinkle the muffins generously with the topping mixture.
  12. Bake at 375 until they are firm to the touch and have started to turn golden. If you are unsure, use a wooden skewer or toothpick and push it into the center of one of the muffins in the center of the pan. It should come out clean, or just have a few crumbs sticking to it.
  13. Remove from oven and let cool in the pans for about 10 minutes so they can set up. Remove from pans to a cooling rack and that’s all there is to it!
Recipe by Bird's Nest Bites at https://birdsnestbites.com/blueberry-muffins-with-cinnamon-streusel-topping/