When I was looking for a recipe to use up my very brown bananas, I came across this recipe for blueberry muffins with doughnut topping. Now, with a name like that, you have to agree that these muffins had to be made. And soon. But, as was the problem with the last batch of blueberry muffins I made, no one here will eat them. Ugh. Luckily, I was going to my parents in the morning to help them with their garage sale. So, I got to unload both my muffins and a bunch of the old clothes Sammie and Alex outgrew. When I got there, my sister and her two kids attacked me for muffins before I even got in the door. At least her kids loved them. But, I have to admit, they mostly ate off the cinnamon sugar top, giving the half eaten bottoms to papa. My poor dad. He didn’t even get the best part.
Like most muffins, these were simple to prepare. You just need to make sure to mix with a gentle hand and not overdo it or you will have tough muffins. And, no one wants that! I love the lemon flavor in combination with the sweet blueberries. I didn’t think just the lemon zest was enough, so I added a bit of lemon extract to make the lemon flavor a bit more pronounced. When the muffins are warm, you dip their tops in melted butter and then roll them in cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon sugar crust is a perfect texture contrast to the fluffy, lemon scented cake. If you have some blueberries on hand, these are a must make. If you don’t, buy some….
Blueberry muffins with doughnut topping
Yield: 12 muffins
2 cups (255 grams) all purpose flour
½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (180ml) cold buttermilk, well shaken
3 oz. (3/4 stick/85 gram) unsalted butter, melted and tepid
2 large eggs, room temp
2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups (8 oz/225g) fresh blueberries, pick over for stems
I added a few drops of lemon extract optional
½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 oz (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted- I used 1/2 stick and it was plenty
Center rack in oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a 12-cup standard muffin pan with nonstick spray, then flour the cups, tapping out excess. Or butter and flour the cups. Or, line with fluted paper or foil liners. Have all ingredients at room temperature except the buttermilk.
To make the muffins: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together the buttermilk, butter, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla until combined. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently with a rubber spatula just until moistened. Do not beat until smooth, or the muffins will have a coarse texture. Using a spatula, fold in the blueberries just enough to incorporate them into the batter. The batter will be very thick,
Using an ice cream scoop ( 2 1/4 inches in diameter/#16), fill the prepared pans with the batter ¾ full. Bake the muffins until golden, spring back when gently pressed in the center, and are starting to pull away from the muffin cups, 18 to 23 minutes. Cool in the pan just until they can be handled, 10 to 15 minutes.
Make the topping: In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. While the muffins are still warm, gently remove them from the pan one at a time, dip the tops in the melted butter, and roll into the cinnamon sugar to coat. Place on a wire rack.
Serve warm or at room temperature. Store at room temperature up to 2 days in an airtight container. They may be frozen up to 10 days, then thaw at room temperature for 1 to 1.5 hours.
Source: Baking for All Occasions by Flo Braker