…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? Are you a Seinfeld fan? I’ve seen some shows so often I can recite the lines. Do you remember the one where Elaine's former boss steals her million-dollar muffin tops idea, while Kramer promotes a bus tour trying to give away all the leftover bottoms without much success?
Well you can ask anyone and they’ll tell you, the best part of any muffin, arguably, is the top inch or so. Just pop the top where a heaping forkful will get you both the tender cake and the crunchy streusel topping. It’s always tempting to save that part for last giving you time to savor the texture. With this recipe we have some of the top in the middle where the streusel is baked all the way through the muffin, so every bite is the best bite.
The batter is made with sour cream or plain yogurt, so it has a nice moist crumb and a natural tanginess that complements the sweet cinnamon-brown sugar crunch of the streusel. The muffins are rich, moist and flavorful… they’re the perfect last-minute brunch treat, coffee companion, afternoon snack, or after dinner treat.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins
For the streusel
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the muffins
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream (or substitute plain yogurt)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
ChefSecret: Dress your muffins up a bit… toss in some pecan pieces into the streusel or add some fresh blueberries or chocolate chips to the batter.
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