Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Coffeecake Muffins

These muffins are fantastic, so fantastic in fact that from where I sit,  I have pretty much been imagining, all morning, biting into one of these, right out of the oven, smothered in butter.  Instead, as I write this, I have a cold cup of tea and two digestive cookies as my breakfast companions.  Oh the irony!  And, seeing as how it is another BC summery day of overcast clouds and the possibility of rain, I think you should make these this afternoon to enjoy with a cup of hot tea... all I ask is that you think of me while you take the first delicious bite!

Coffeecake Muffins
(Yields 12-15 muffins)

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cut into 1/2" pieces and softened
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl

Mix flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Sprinkle butter evenly over flour mixture and combine until butter is oat-sized and the mixture resembles cornmeal.

Remove 1 cup of the flour-butter mixture and stir with fork into reserved brown sugar mixture until combined to make streusel.

Set aside 3/4 cup pf streusel for muffin batter and remaining portion for topping muffins.
Add baking powder and baking soda to remaining flour mixture.

Whisk together sour cream, egg, and vanilla; add to flour mixture. Combine until batter is just moistened.

Add 3/4 cup reserved streusel to flour mixture and mix until just distributed throughout batter.

Divide batter among muffin cups and sprinkle with streusel, pressing lightly so that streusel sinks slightly into batter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out with several crumbs clinging to it, about 18 minutes, rotating pan from front to back halfway through baking time.

Let cool on rack for several minutes, take muffins out and cool for about 5 more minutes.  Smother with butter (if you are so inclined), and enjoy every delicious morsel!

Source: Baking Illustrated

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