The second week of Stay at Home is over and I keep forgetting what day it is. Anyone else having that problem? There are three things I’ve learned this week. First, you must put on pants in the morning; otherwise, by mid-day you feel like a sloth. Second, working from home means that you never actually stop working. Third, daily outdoor time is a necessary activity for sanity. For the first time in years, my neighborhood is alive with daily dog walkers, small children playing in their backyards, and every one is waving at one another and shouting words of encouragement. A silver-lining to these uncertain times.
Another silver-lining is this week’s new recipe for Blueberry & Almond Crumble Muffins. It’s featured today on Pantry Staple Sweets, my new weekly baking column for Feast Magazine. Muffins are an excellent way to use up any fruit you might have in your refrigerator or freezer. These classic blueberry muffins have a small twist with the addition of a crumbly topping. An adaptation of Jordan Marsh’s famous recipe, they can easily be adapted further to whatever ingredients are on hand. They’re quick and easy to throw together, so make them this weekend for a special pastry to enjoy along with breakfast. If you make them, be sure to tag me on Instagram. I always love seeing your beautiful creations and connecting with you there. Stay safe and well, Friends.
Helpful Tips For This Recipe
*Substitute fresh blueberries with frozen if needed.
*If almond flour isn’t available, or you prefer not to use nuts, substitute it with all-purpose flour. The crumble will still be delicious and have a nice texture. If you prefer muffins without a topping, skip the crumble entirely and generously sprinkle the top of each muffin with sugar before baking.
*When making muffins, take extra care not to overmix the batter after the flour has been added. At this point, you want to mix just until combined and gently fold in the blueberries a few times to keep from overmixing. Overmixing creates a tough muffin and these are light and tender.
Blueberry & Almond Crumble Muffins
Makes 16 muffins
1/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling (optional)
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
2 cups fresh blueberries
In a small bowl, combine both flours, sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter and mix until combined. With your fingers, press dough into clumps and then break apart into small pieces. Transfer crumble to freezer to chill while you prepare the blueberry muffins.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly spray a standard 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking oil spray and line with paper liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Beat together until combined, on medium-high, 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition. Add the baking powder, salt, and vanilla and then mix to combine. On low, alternate adding half of the flour mixture and half of the milk mixture, beating until mostly combined. Remove bowl from mixer and gently finish combining with a spatula. Fold in the blueberries until just combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared liners, filling about 2/3 full. Generously sprinkle the top of each muffin with almond crumble and, if desired, lightly sprinkle with sugar. Bake muffins for 29-30 minutes, until golden brown on top and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan and transferring to rack to finish cooling. Muffins are best enjoyed the day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.