Friday, January 11, 2013

Blueberries in the Winter? Make Muffins!




Oh blueberries, I miss you so in the wintertime. But, I've found frozen blueberries to be an excellent substitute, especially in baking.

I have made these muffins for many years and honestly this recipe allows all sorts of adaptations. I will list a few of my favorite at the end of this post. These muffins go together very quickly, making them perfect for breakfast. Any leftovers go beautifully with a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon. Ahem.

Make these soon! They are a little taste of summer when the snow flies.

Blueberry Muffins with Streusel
makes about 1 dozen

Muffins:
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup frozen (or fresh) blueberries, thawed and drained

Streusel:
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold butter
2-3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a regular-sized muffin tin, spray cup bottoms only with cooking spray.

Crack egg in medium bowl and beat with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. In another bowl, place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and stir with a whisk. Add dry mixture into wet and stir just until moistened. Batter will be lumpy but do not over mix it. Then, carefully fold in blueberries.

Fill muffin cups 1/2 full.

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and cut in the butter until crumbly. Add walnuts, stir and sprinkle equally over the uncooked muffins.

Bake 20-25 minutes until browned.

Other variations:

Peach Muffins. These are a family favorite made in the summer with the ripest, juiciest peaches you can find. Just replace the blueberries with 1 cup chopped peaches.

Cinnamon-Sugar Muffins. Just remove the blueberries. These are delicious right out of the oven!

Stawberry-Almond Muffins. Replace blueberries with 1 cup chopped strawberries (frozen stawberries are okay here, too) and change out the walnuts for chopped or slivered almonds in the streusel.

Mango-Macademia Muffins. Substitute blueberries for a cup of fresh or jarred chopped mango. Replace walnuts with roughly chopped macademia nuts in the struesel for a tropical taste on a cold morning.



2 comments:

  1. I remember visiting you guys a few years ago and you made the most delicious fresh blueberry muffins. I was so impressed that you could whip those up from scratch like it was no biggie! Loving the new posts!

    XOXO
    -M

    www.the-pink-polkadot.blogspot.com

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    1. You are so sweet to remember that! I always loved having you guys around! Miss you!

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