Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping in a Muffin Tin with Fresh Blueberries Sprinkled Around

STREUSEL BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

A Sweet Burst of Summer Flavour
in Every Bite

Streusel blueberry muffins offer a delightful twist on a classic morning favorite, combining the tender crumb of a traditional blueberry sweet bread with a crunchy, buttery streusel topping.

The secret to their irresistible texture and flavour lies in the careful balance of ingredients and the addition of a simple, yet transformative, streusel topping. Born from a mixture of flour, butter, and sugar, this crumbly crown adds a sweet and crunchy contrast to the soft, moist muffin.

The airy base results from a very easy-to-make batter that champions the delicate sweetness of blueberries, which achieves a luxurious, tender crumb and a subtle tang that complements the sweetness of the other ingredients.

The inclusion of vanilla extract further enhances the flavour profile, introducing a warm note that ties it all together beautifully.

Creating the perfect streusel blueberry muffin involves not only the right balance of ingredients but also a few key techniques. Overmixing the batter can lead to a tough texture, so it’s crucial to mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Mixing the streusel ingredients just until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs will ensure that each crown bakes to a perfectly golden, crispy finish.

Fresh, canned or frozen blueberries can be used in this recipe. The benefit of frozen is that there’s no need to thaw them first, as frozen berries typically don`t bleed their color into the batter.

A BLUEBERRY BUMPER CROP

Canada is often caricatured for its chilly winters. For a few months out of the year, it’s frightfully cold. But, the rest of the year is gorgeous and warm with intense sunlight that fuels fast-growing summer fruit.

Spring, summer and autumn weather offers an exceptional canvas for the cultivation of summer fruit, particularly those that require “chill hours” for high yields.

Chill hours are periods of cold dormancy essential for the fruit’s production cycle in the subsequent year. Given its unique climate, Canada is a prime location for growing crops like blueberries, which thrive under such conditions.

The cultivation of blueberries, in particular, has woven itself into the cultural fabric of Canadian life. The activity of blueberry picking has transcended mere agricultural practice, evolving into a communal tradition.

During the harvest season, usually in the cooler, early hours of the day, communities come alive as friends and families converge on local farms.

Together, they engage in the collective task of picking blueberries, an activity that fosters a strong sense of community and belonging among participants.

This tradition not only contributes to local economies but also strengthens social bonds, as people of all ages share in the joy and simplicity of gathering nature’s bounty.

Moreover, the abundance of blueberries and other such crops underscores the adaptability and resilience of Canadian agriculture.

The ability to harness the country’s diverse climate—leveraging the cold to meet the specific needs of certain crops—demonstrates innovation and sustainability in practice.

As a result, Canada not only enjoys a reputation for its picturesque landscapes and cold weather but also for its robust agricultural sector that brings communities together, celebrates seasonal cycles, and contributes significantly to the culinary landscape with fresh, locally-grown produce.

BLISS IN A BERRY

Berry picking season brings with it a bounty of flavours that encapsulate the essence of summer, and what better way to savour these flavours than by baking them into delightful blueberry muffins?

This recipe is not just a treat; it’s a celebration of seasonal produce, perfect for elevating a Sunday brunch, adding a touch of sweetness to tea time, or as a delightful surprise in a lunchbox. This blueberry muffin recipe gives way to a luscious, summer experience with a moist crumb and bursts of tangy berries.

The joy of baking blueberry muffins during berry season lies not just in the eating, but in the process itself. The kitchen fills with the aroma of baking, a fragrance that promises delicious treats and cozy moments.

These muffins come out of the oven with a golden top, soft and warm, inviting you to take a moment to breathe in the simple pleasures of life. Paired with a cup of coffee or tea, they make for a tranquil morning or afternoon break, a small pause to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Moreover, this blueberry muffin recipe is versatile and forgiving, allowing for adjustments based on personal preference or dietary needs.

It can be the foundation for experimenting with different mix-ins or toppings, such as nuts or lemon zest, making each batch uniquely delightful.

As berry season brings a variety of fresh produce to the table, these muffins can adapt to include raspberries, blackberries, or even a mix of your favorite fruit.

Embrace the joy of baking and let these blueberry muffins be a reminder of the warm, sunny days of summer, no matter when you choose to enjoy them.

Total Prep Time:
45-60 min

Servings in Recipe:
12

Serving Size:
1 muffin

Calories Per Serving:
338

Total Prep Time: 45-60 min


Servings in Recipe: 12


Serving Size: 1 muffin


Calories Per Serving: 338

Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping in a Muffin Tin with Fresh Blueberries Sprinkled Around

FLUFFY BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Ingredients

muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2″ piece of vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

topping

  • 2 tbsps wheat flour
  • 2 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps butter, chilled
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Fluffy Blueberry Muffin Ingredients. Butter, eggs, blueberries and flour.

topping

  • 2 tbsps wheat flour
  • 2 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps butter, chilled
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Fluffy Blueberry Muffin Ingredients. Butter, eggs, blueberries and flour.

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 375F/190C.
  • Spray your muffin tins with cooking spray or line them with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl or mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy in consistency.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating your mixture well after the addition of each egg, until fully incorporated.
  • Add the aromatic vanilla extract (or vanilla bean scrapings) to the mixture. Blend well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together your wheat flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Blend the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, a little at a time, alternating with the milk. This will result in a muffin batter with a nice, smooth consistency.
  • Add your juicy blueberries,  gently folding them into the batter.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together all topping ingredients to create a crumbly filling and crown for the muffins.
  • Fill muffin cups or tin 1/3 of the way up with batter. With a clean spoon, add 1 tsp of cinnamon/pecan mixture to each cup.
  • Fill each cup with another 1/3 portion, then add another layer of the cinnamon/pecan mixture on top.
  • Bake your lovingly prepared muffins for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick, inserted into the center of one muffin, comes out clean.
  • Let your baked muffins cool for about 5 minutes. Then remove them from the tin to complete cooling before serving.

FLUFFY BLUEBERRY MUFFINS FAQ

Can you use frozen or canned blueberries in muffins?

Absolutely! Both frozen and canned blueberries can work well in this recipe. Each option, however, offers a slightly different outcome in terms of texture and flavour, so it’s helpful to understand how to best use them in your baking.

When using frozen blueberries, there’s no need to thaw them before adding them to your muffin batter. Adding them frozen helps prevent the berries from bleeding too much into the batter, keeping your muffins from turning entirely purple. However, due to the increased moisture, frozen blueberries might increase the baking time by a few minutes.

Canned blueberries, on the other hand, are already soft and might be sweeter depending on whether they were canned in syrup or water. Those in syrup will require you to adjust the sugar measurement in this recipe to avoid overly sweet muffins.

Be sure to drain them well and give them a gentle rinse to remove any excess syrup or the canning liquid, then pat them dry. This will help prevent too much additional moisture from altering the muffin batter consistency.

Canned blueberries are also less likely to bleed into the batter, compared to frozen ones. But they are softer and might be more prone to breaking, so fold them in gently.

How do you keep muffins moist and fluffy?

Keeping muffins moist and fluffy is a simple matter of combining precisely measured ingredients and mindful baking practices.

Ingredient temperature plays a crucial role in muffin texture. Eggs, butter, and milk should be at room temperature before you start mixing to ensure a smooth, uniform batter that traps air – the key to fluffiness.

When it comes to mixing, the golden rule is: mix dry and wet ingredients separately before combining. Using a gentle hand prevents overmixing, which over-develops the gluten in the flour resulting in a dense and dry muffin.

Baking time and temperature are also critical. Overbaking will dry out muffins. Start by preheating your oven to the recommended temperature and bake only as long as the above recipe advises.

Lastly, once they’re out of the oven, remove them from the muffin pan after a few minutes. Letting them cool in the pan can cause them to become soggy from the steam they release.


A Grouping of Baked Goods made with Mindful Ingredients
A Grouping of Baked Goods made with Mindful Ingredients