This is a basic muffin recipe. You can vary the taste according to which fruit you choose to use. Other combinations are Strawberry, Cranberry/Orange, and Blueberry/Lemon. It may be necessary to use more flour depending on which fruit you use.
- 1 tablespoon cold butter
- 1⁄3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1⁄3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated citrus zest
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 1⁄2-2 3⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 3⁄4 cups coarsely chopped fruit (see note)
- Preheat oven to 400*F.
- Prepare muffin cups by spraying with non cooking spray or lining with paper muffin cup liners.
- Mix together all streusel ingredients with a fork to make a crumbly mixture.
- Set aside.
- For the batter, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, zest and egg.
- Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla.
- Stir together 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, baking powder, soda and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Add to the wet ingredients and blend.
- Fold in your desired fruit.
- The use of frozen fruit may help firm up the batter.If the batter seems too loose, add 1/4 cup more flour to make the batter stiffer.
- Fill the muffin cups to the top.
- Sprinkle streusel topping over each muffin evenly.
- Bake for 15 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 350*F and bake for another 12 to 15 minutes or until the muffins spring back when pressed lightly.
- Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before unmolding onto wire racks.
- NOTE: Fruit variations: Here is a list of what you can use in this recipe: Rhubarb, fresh or frozen, diced, Cranberries, frozen, coarsely chopped, Blueberries, frozen or semifrozen, Apples, diced, peeled or not, Bananas, chopped (add a pinch nutmeg), Frozen raspberries, Frozen strawberries, chopped, dried sour cherries, cranberries or raisins, plumped and patted dry, Strawberry and Rhubarb combination, Apple and cranberry combination, Rhubarb and apple combination.
This recipe bakes up like a gorgeous "fine bakery" muffin. A beautiful high top and moist. It can be used as a basic recipe and choose variations- with and without the streusel, change the flavoring/cinnamon, etc. I would not use frozen berries or ones with seeds again. Fabulous recipe.
I made these with fresh strawberries. The topping was wonderful. I did add about a Tbsp of flour to the streusel. Was able to make 12 large muffins and 24 mini-muffins with this recipe. I did leave off the topping on the minimuffins but would definitely add next time as the crunchy topping really makes the muffin. Will definitely make often. My 3 year old summed them up as the best thing she has tasted in her whole entire life.
Even though I didn't have any nuts on hand and not quite enough brown sugar for the topping these muffins were a hit. I used lemon zest and frozen blueberries along with a little white sugar added to the cinnamon & what brown sugar I had for the topping. Next time I will check my pantry first!!!!lol. Thanks for a keeper:)