Friday, June 14, 2013

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffin Tops...with Streusel

Who doesn't love muffin tops...and I don't mean that extra belly area we women can succumb to when we age:-D?  When I was younger, we always pulled that part off the muffin and set it aside on our plate to savor after we ate that "other part"--it's like saving the cherry on top of a sundae for last! I was the happiest of campers when a muffin top pan was invented!

This morning, my blueberry-loving grandson and I baked the best muffin tops to have for our breakfast before starting a day full of fun.  He's such a good Sous Chef and because we've been baking since he was barely walking, he's become quite the expert.  In addition, he's suddenly got the concept that helping in the kitchen or around the house can be profitable!

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffin Tops...with Streusel
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of King Arthur all-purpose flour
5 T unsalted butter, cut into smaller pieces
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt

Place dry ingredients into a medium bowl and cut in the butter until it becomes crumbly.  Set aside.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and browned
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup blueberries, washed and dried

Preheat oven to 375F-degrees.  Spray a muffin-top pan with a non-stick baking spray.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix the brown butter and sugar.  Add the vanilla.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add the dry ingredients, along with milk and mix on low just until combined--don't over mix!
Ari can't control his excitement with a basket of blueberries! 
Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the blueberries.  Next, use a 1/4-cup scoop to measure the batter into the prepared pan.

Such an experienced baker--almost 5 years old!  Finally, divide the streusel among the six muffin tops.
Place in the preheated oven and 18 minutes should do it!
Golden brown and just waiting to be bitten into:-D

Muffin tops are just the best part of the day...just like grandson's visits.  Enjoy!


  1. Susan, I know you are in heaven with your cutie grandson. Such a great sous chef! I'm sure he is having a wonderful time with you all. A muffin top pan is a new one for me! I'm afraid my little kitchen wouldn't have room for all your gadgets and specialty pans. The muffin tops do look delicious. Enjoy your time with Ari. xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

  2. oh my has he grown. What a sweet little boy and expert baker.
    I love to bake with my little ones too.
    Enjoy your time with him.

  3. They sure look good! Looks like you had a good little taste tester, too! Happy weekend my friend!

  4. Ari is adorable and looks like a huge help. I love baking with my grandchildren.

  5. What a handsome little Sous Chef! So such an invention exists! Wow. I've been under a rock and now must go looking for this pan. Your recipe looks delish, too.

  6. What a great little helper!! My little helpers have all grown up but they still like to help me bake or cook dinner when they visit. I have the muffin top pan---the tops are the best, especially when they have streusel on top! Our blueberries will be ripe in about two weeks. Can't wait to try your recipe! Hugs

  7. I see a bright future for your little sou chef.

  8. Ari is getting so big. he does look like quite the sous chef. these blueberry muffin tops sound really good. don't have muffin top pan .... how long would they take to cook in regular muffin pan? same time?
    stamping sue

  9. Ari is a great helper, isn't he! These muffin tops look divine with that thick layer of streusel!

  10. Your grandson is adorable! Muffin tops? where have I been that I did not know about these...oh yummies! A muffin top pan, who knew! I can't wait until I live near Tiger and he can help me bake!

  11. What a cutie !! You're a lucky grandmother to be able to enjoy them so often. You know, Susan, I love to pull the top part of the muffin too. I savor each bite. I also love the end pieces of a loaf pound cake!

  12. Muffin tops is such a great idea. It's just a shame that it's also used for the bulge above the waistband of jeans. Your little helper is a sweetheart.