Yes, it’s true… I’m still talking about Mother’s Day. 🙂
One of my special Mother’s Day gifts was a “Muffin-Top” pan. It’s genius. (My daughter only eats the top of her muffins, so this really was a perfect gift!) Needless to say, I already have a couple of muffin-top recipes to share. We enjoyed this version for our Memorial Day breakfast. They were fabulously loaded with fresh blueberries.
This recipe was adapted from Gourmet via Epicurious.com. I lowered the oven temperature, increased the vanilla, and reduced the flour in the topping. Next time I plan to incorporate some whole wheat flour. These muffins could also be made in a standard muffin tin, of course!
An absolute highlight in the original recipe was the informative explanation about the origin of the “Muffin-Top” baking pan. It was described as a TV triumph from a 1990’s Seinfeld episode. Here’s the recap:
“After Elaine exclaims that she only likes the tops of muffins (“The Muffin Tops” first aired on May 8, 1997), her former boss thinks Elaine has hit on a clever marketing idea. But when you only sell the tops, what do you do with the hundreds of muffin ‘stumps’ (bottoms) that are left? Elaine and her gang take to the streets with garbage bags of stumps, trying to pawn them off on anyone and everyone. There are no takers; even the homeless turn them down with disdain. It didn’t take long after the airing of the episode for muffin-top pans to appear on store shelves.”
LOVE it. 🙂
- Yield: 12 muffin tops
For the Batter:
- 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 whole large egg
- 1 large yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can use some white whole wheat flour, if desired)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 cups fresh blueberries (12 oz)
For the Topping:
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
Make the Batter:
- Put oven rack in the center or upper third of oven and preheat to 350°F, preferably on convection. Generously butter muffin pans. (I used cooking oil spray.)
- Melt butter in the microwave or in a small saucepan over moderately low heat, then remove from heat. Whisk in milk, then whisk in whole egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined well.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, then add milk mixture and stir until just combined.
- Fold in blueberries gently but thoroughly.
- Divide batter among 12 muffin cups, spreading evenly. (I used a large cookie scoop.)
Make the Topping and Bake the Muffins:
- Rub together all topping ingredients in a bowl with your fingertips or a pastry blender until crumbly, then sprinkle evenly over batter in cups, about 1 tablespoon per muffin.
- Bake until golden and crisp and a wooden pick or skewer inserted diagonally into center of a muffin comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.
- Cool in pans on a rack 15 minutes, then run a knife around edge of each muffin top and carefully remove from cups. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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