This weekend was dreary. The kind of dreary that makes daily personal hygiene tasks like flossing my hair, combing my teeth, showering, and getting dressed seem entirely optional. The kind of weekend where the sun doesn’t shine, not one little bit, and a certain amount of comfort food is required to get you through.
After all, would winter be winter without muffin tops?
Wait, not that kind.
I’m talking about the kind of muffin top you get in a bakery — the kind that inspired Elaine and her boss on Seinfeld to open a bakery that sells only the tops. The kind with the glorious dome that spills out of the cups and spreads out across the surface of the pan, rising up with puffy, cake-like perfection, and comes fully adorned with a sugary dusting of streusel crumbles.
Okay, so maybe the first kind of muffin top still applies.
But we can’t be good all of the time — that would be inhuman. And if we have the secret to creating muffins with proper tops right at home, we can’t very well let that go to waste on a sunless weekend.
The secret, it turns out, is an extra thick batter.
I know. That’s probably been keeping you up at nights. I feel your pain.
But there’s no denying that there’s something about those tops. Something delicious. Decadent. An added pouf of awesomeness that the muffin stump just can’t provide.
I know it. Elaine knew it. And now you’ll know it, too.
This recipe provides the key. I did make some suggested changes based on the comments, particularly with the streusel topping, but I love how mine turned out.
To make them like I did, you will need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2/3 cups vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cups milk (or less)
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
*This makes 12 BIG muffins. Seriously. These muffins are BIG. Cut this recipe in half if you know what’s good for you. Of course, if you know what’s good for you, you won’t be making these at all. So I’ll just stop talking now.
**Okay, I lied. I’m still talking. Because I also need to tell you to IGNORE the crappy photographs. I haven’t been posting many recipes as of late because it’s too dark to get any decent pictures. I thought, by making muffins in the morning, that I’d actually have some light, but like I said. Dreary weekend. Total bummer.
Now. This is a bit difficult, so pay attention. (It’s really not difficult at all.)
1) Preheat your oven to 400-degrees F and spray your muffin tin liberally with cooking spray. Actually, go ahead and grease that puppy the old-fashioned way, because mine still stuck somewhat. Even if you use those paper muffin cup thingies, still grease the top of the pan.
2) Mix your dry ingredients — the flour, white sugar, salt, and baking powder, together in a bowl.
3) Pour 1/3 cup of vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup. Add the egg to that same measuring cup (I beat mine slightly with a fork first), and then fill the cup to the top with milk.
4) Pour the wet ingredients into your bowl of dry ingredients, and — this is EXTREMELY important — DO NOT OVER-MIX.
Yep. Just mix it gently until the batter is barely moist. You might even have a few chunks of flour left, and that is okay.
Everything will be okay.
As long as you don’t over mix.
Then gently fold in your blueberries.
5) Mix the streusel topping ingredients together with a fork.
You should get a crumbly topping.
6) Fill each muffin cup to the brim with your batter. There should be just enough. Then, sprinkle with streusel topping (I had extra) and bake for 20-25 minutes until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
I was going to take another photo of the finished product this morning, when it was hopefully going to be light, and bright, and sunny, but no. It’s like yesterday. Only… danker.
Because that’s a word, right?
Good thing I have bad photos of muffin tops to cheer me up.
Oh, and the actual muffin tops don’t hurt.