Corey and I disagree on the virtues of muffins. I (Alyssa) believe that they are one of the more perfect foods in the world. Muffins can take on a number of different roles- as breakfast, snack, or lunch, as well as a number of different flavours. You can make them healthy or you can make them gut-bustingly indulgent, but at the end of the day, you’re still eating a muffin and not a cupcake. Cupcakes have icing. Obviously.
Corey believes that muffins are too dry and not worth it. He’d rather have cheesecake or toast with peanut butter. Anyways… Thankfully, we could both agree that these muffins were just plain yummy whether you are a fan of muffins or not!
The focus of these muffins is definitely the big, gorgeous, pieces of “crumb” that sit on top of them. In case you’re curious, crumbs differ from streusel in that they don’t contain any oats and generally, contain a good dose of flour. This results in almost a cookie like texture, although they’re not as sweet.
The muffin batter itself is fairly standard incorporating canola oil, buttermilk, sugar, flour, and both baking powder and baking soda. If you’re more partial to muffins made with butter, you could easily use an equal amount of melted butter in place of the oil, but we find that butter is harder to work with for muffins.
If you’re using cold eggs, buttermilk, etc. you run the risk of the butter re-solidifying when you mix everything together which results in a curdled-looking mess. If you’re going to use butter, just make sure that your other ingredients are at room temperature!
Finally, these muffins are studded with fresh blueberries to add a burst of flavour. Frozen would work just as well! No need to thaw them, just add them to the batter frozen. The addition of cardamom adds a slight citrus flavour, but if you don’t have it, they will be just as good without it!
Perfect for a brunch, school lunches, snack-time, or a special breakfast, these muffins are sure to please even the pickiest eaters!
Bakery-Style Blueberry Crumb Muffins
For the crumb topping
1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (106 g) light or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (142 g) salted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups (219 g) all-purpose flour
For the muffins
2 1/2 cups (313 g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (140 g) fresh or frozen blueberries
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick spray and set aside.
- Make the crumb topping. Whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the butter until well-combined. Stir in the flour until the mixture just resembles a thick dough; set aside. (Full discloure: We added the flour to the sugar mixture before adding the butter and it worked just as well!).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients for the muffins- flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the canola oil, butter milk, eggs and yolk, and vanilla until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a large spoon or rubber spatula until almost combined (you’ll still want some floury bits), then add the blueberries. Gently fold them in until the dry ingredients are just combined; some lumps are fine.
- Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups (they will be quite full) then, divide the reserved crumbs among the muffin wells, gently pressing them into the batter. It will look like you have a ton of crumbs, but as the muffins rise the crumbs will separate, so don’t be afraid to pile them on.
- Transfer the muffins to your preheated oven and bake until the muffins are just golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 20-24 minutes. Cool the muffins in the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
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