Muffins are like cupcakes, except that they are a little bigger and it is a widely accepted breakfast item in this part of the world (US). Also cupcakes normally come with frosting and muffins do not. When I think muffins, I think of blueberries, may be because I love blueberry muffins. I feel that muffins are at its best with blueberries; somehow I have a feeling that my 4 year old son believes so too. This recipe is from Ina Garten's book Barefoot Contessa Family Style. Even though it is called Coffee Cake muffins, coffee is not an ingredient; may be they call it so as it is eaten with/or intended to be eaten with coffee at the breakfast table.
Makes 18 muffins
|Unsalted Butter||- 1 1/2 sticks (12 tbsp) at room temperature|
|Sugar||- 1 1/2 cups|
|Extra Large Eggs||- 3|
|Pure Vanilla Extract||- 1 1/2 tsp|
|Sour Cream||- 1 cup|
|Milk||- 1/4 cup|
|All Purpose Flour||- 2 1/2 cups|
|Baking Powder||- 2 tsp|
|Baking Soda||- 1/2 tsp|
|Salt||- 1/2 tsp|
|Blueberry||- 2 cups|
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy for about 5 minutes using an electric mixer.
- With the mixer at low speed, add one egg at a time to the butter-sugar mixture.
- Add in vanilla, sour cream and milk to the batter and blend well.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- With the mixer at low speed, add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed.
- Fold in the blueberries using a spatula and mix it slowly and uniformly into the batter.
- Preheat the oven at 350 degree F.
- Line the muffin tray with paper liners and scoop the batter into the paper liners in the muffin pan, filling each cup just over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes until top of the muffins are lightly browned and a cake tester comes out clean.
A tip from the book to scoop equal quantity of batter for the muffins was to use an ice cream scoop and to grease the top of the muffin pans to make it easier to take the muffins out. Both the tips worked out well for me.
This is a must-try bakery style muffin which would be a sure hit among the kids. My son liked it so much that he was not happy about me taking a few to office for my friends.