26 April 2010

Hot Mormon Muffins: April Edition

Between Easter (with all its accompanying treats) and the start of the garden season, I almost didn't get to April's muffin. But have no fear--it's here for you now, in all its hot Mormon glory! April's muffin (Seminary Streusel) is brought to you by Charli the bunny. She's 33 and a mom of two. Click photos to enlarge.

Walnut-cinnamon streusel goodness:

Hand-mixed and still-floury batter. I didn't want to overdo it:

Ready to go into the oven and already looking good:

Freshly baked:

Check out the melted sugary crust that's formed around the top of the muffin in the foreground. Streusel gold!

Charli's Seminary Streusel

[My notes/changes in brackets]

Muffin

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup [granulated] sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Streusel

1/2 cup chopped nuts [I used walnuts]
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs melted butter

Grease or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. [Preheat oven to 400F.]

[Make streusel by mixing all ingredients together thoroughly. Set aside.]

In a bowl, slightly beat egg, adding milk and oil. Set aside. In a large bowl stir flour, [granulated] sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add egg mixture all at once, stirring just until moistened. Do not over beat, as batter should be lumpy. Spoon into muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Top with streusel.

Bake at 400F for 20 to 25 minutes.

My verdict: I really liked this muffin. It's easy to make and tasty. At first I thought the muffin itself was a little too bland, but it's actually a nice foil to the streusel topping. It's also got a good dense, but light, texture that works well with the crunchy topping.

This is a muffin I'd like to experiment with. Besides trying different nuts in the streusel, I think adding a touch of the vanilla would be lovely. I'm also tempted to make a double batch of the streusel and stir half of it into the batter (and top the muffins with the other half) before baking. Even a simple cinnamon-sugar swirled into the batter could be good.

Want more Hot Mormon Muffins? Check out my previous posts:
January
February
March

All photos by Domicile.

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