An easy homemade blueberry streusel muffin recipe bursting with blueberries and a hint of orange, topped with sweet crumbly brown sugar streusel topping.
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What’s The Difference Between A Muffin And A Cupcake?
Some may argue not much different except one has frosting. But generally a muffin should not be as sweet as a cupcake.
But the texture should also be a bit denser for a muffin than a cupcake. (Source: The Kitchn)
How To Make Blueberry Muffins
Step 1: Start by making your streusel topping.
Just stir together your flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. You can use your hands to break up the crumble.
Step 2: Whisk together your liquid ingredients.
In a second mixing bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, milk, orange zest and juice of 1 orange, and 2 room temperature eggs.
HEATHER’S BAKING TIP: Place your eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes before cracking them to bring them to room temperature quickly.
Step 3: Combine your dry ingredients.
In another mixing bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine. It’s ok if there are some brown sugar lumps.
Step 4: Combine your liquid and dry ingredients.
You want to now combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir just until the flour is mixed in. Do not overmix.
BAKING 101: Overmixing activates the gluten, the protein in the flour, that can make your muffins tough. Gluten is formed from two proteins, gliadin and glutenin, that when the flour becomes hydrated come together and form gluten. Gluten creates a stretchy network to trap the gasses from our leavening agents. But too much mixing and we develop too much gluten, resulting in a tough texture. So remember to not overmix!
Step 5: Stir in your blueberries.
I used fresh blueberries, but you can also use frozen. If you using frozen blueberries do NOT thaw! This would release too much moisture.
Step 7: Scoop and sprinkle!
Scoop your batter into your prepared pans, sprinkle on the streusel topping and bake!
- Mix your blueberries with one tablespoon of flour. This ensures that the blueberries don’t sink in your batter. This is the same trick I use so that my chocolate chips do not sink.
- Mix 10-12 times only. Once you have added your dry ingredients, count your stirs then stop. Yes there will be lumps left.
- Use an ice-cream scoop to portion out your batter into your muffin pan. This will ensure that all your muffins are the same size!
- When cooling your muffins, cool them UPSIDE DOWN on a dishtowel. This will help the muffins from getting a soggy bottom. I mean besides a flat bottom, we also don’t want a soggy one!
You absolutely can. I used cupcake liners to make life a little easier. Just make sure to not only butter/grease the wells of the pan, but all around the top of the muffin pan as well. That way, when the muffins rise and create that beautiful top they don’t get stuck to the top of your muffin pan.
There are two reasons according to Quaker Oats that your muffins may have fallen flat.
* Insufficient leavening agent
I store my muffins, on cooled at room temperature for up to 2 days (but they usually can last a couple more) but I find they’re best if eaten within a couple days. Just make sure they are cooled and covered.
Yes! You can freeze them baked or unbaked. If baked already, I store them in a sealable plastic bag for 3 months and thaw at room temperature before enjoying. If unbaked, you can freeze them solid in the cupcake liners and take them out of the pans (so you can re-use your muffin tin) and pop in a bag to freeze for up to 3 months. And bake frozen, do not thaw, as normal but add a few minutes more of baking time.
To fix these issues:
- Check the expiration date of your baking powder. Baking powder will no longer react after 6 months. If you’re not sure when you last bought it, add a teaspoon of baking powder to a small amount of hot water. If it bubbles, then you’re good to go. If not, throw it away and buy some fresh stuff.
- Bake a few minutes longer. Next time, insert a toothpick into the center to see if its done. The tops should spring back a little when touched.
- Double check that oven temperature. Use an oven thermometer. Some ovens do not run at the actual temperature it says its at.
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Blueberry Streusel Muffins
For the Streusel topping
- 6 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
For the muffins
- 1 cup (170 g) fresh or frozen blueberries + 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons orange zest (from about 1 large orange)
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 1/4 cups (270 g) all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup (160 g) vegetable oil
- 1 cup (213 g) packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Prepare pans and oven. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Brush the insides of the muffin pan with softened butter and then brush the top of the pan. Or use liners for easier removal, like I did). You can also use cooking spray. In a small bowl, prepare the streusel by using your fingers until combined and crumbly. Set aside.
- Make the streusel. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, and sugars. Stir int the melted butter, until combined and crumbly. Set aside.
- Toss blueberries in flour. In a small bowl, stir blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour. Set aside.
- Combine wet ingredients. Whisk the oil, milk, orange juice, zest, and eggs together in a medium bowl.
- Combine dry ingredients. Whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt together in another bowl.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add to the liquids, and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon just until combined; do not over mix. Fold in the blueberries.
- Scoop muffins. Using a 2 1/2-inch diameter ice-cream scoop, portion the batter, rounded side up, into the prepared muffins cups. You can fill the muffins almost to the top, leaving just a little room for the streusel. Generously, sprinkle the tops with the streusel.
- Bake the muffins. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking until the tops of the muffins are golden brown and wire cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean about 15 minutes more. If using frozen berries, allow a few extra minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and cool completely.
- Storage/make ahead: I find they’re best stored, at room temperature, coverd for up to 2 days.
- Freezing: You can freeze them baked or unbaked. If baked already, I store them in a sealable plastic bag for 3 months and thaw at room temperature before enjoying. If unbaked, you can freeze them solid in the cupcake liners and take them out of the pans (so you can re-use your muffin tin) and pop in a bag to freeze for up to 3 months. And bake frozen, do not thaw, as normal but add a few minutes more of baking time.
- Blueberries: Fresh or frozen is fine. Do not thaw first if you using frozen.
- Oil: I used vegetable oil but any neutral-tasting oil is fine, such as canola or sunflower. I haven’t tested with melted coconut oil or butter would think it would be fine.
- Milk: I used regular whole milk, but a low-fat or plant-based milk would also work fine.