(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)     

4 oz. (1 stick) softened butter, unsalted
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups  flour
½ tsp.  salt
2 tsp. baking powder
½ cup milk
1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained

  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add the eggs one at a time and beat until smooth
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder
  • Add the flour mixture to the batter of butter, sugar and eggs, alternating with the milk (begin and end with the flour!)
  • Stir the blueberries in gently by hand so they don’t break
  • Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups dividing batter equally (see a good tip in Notes)
  • Cover the tops with the crumbs (recipe follows).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes
  • Cool the muffins in the pan – makes one dozen

Crumb topping:
6 oz. butter (1 ½ sticks)
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave
  • In a large bowl, mix together all the remaining ingredients plus the nuts if you wish
  • Pour the butter over the flour mixture and stir just until combined – should be crumbly

Notes:

  • means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Use an inexpensive ice cream scooper or a more professional EZ Disher by Zeroll (zeroll.com) to guarantee consistent portions when making muffins and cupcakes. Unlike a measuring cup or large spoon, the little lever in the scooper’s bowl scrapes across the scoop getting all the batter out.  I use Zeroll’s disher size 16, Item #2016 with a fluid capacity of 2.07 oz. (blue handle) for regular sized muffins and cupcakes.  It will fill the liner about 3/4 full so you get a nice dome on top.
  • A buttery crumb topping creates little nuggets of golden deliciousness that you can add to any muffin, cobbler, cake, or pie with or without your favorite nuts.

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