Last summer Nate and I went blueberry picking at a farm near our apartment. We were quite surprised that a farm existed in the area that we live. Our area is known more for the many software giants and other dot coms that are thriving. The area is also known for it’s wealthy people and extra large houses but I would not say it is known for farms. Nevertheless I was very happy to find a blueberry farm that lets you pick! Here are a few pictures from the farm and the muffins that I made. We froze the rest of the berries and are just now finishing them off.
Just one of the buckets!
An artistic shot taken by Nate.
Food photography will get better, I promise!
Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter, diced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
- Combine 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. In a small bowl, sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons flour over blueberries, and set aside. (This simple trick will keep you from having “purple” batter)
- In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter with 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, and stir in vanilla and lemon zest. Fold in dry ingredients alternately with milk. Fold in blueberries. Remember, fold gently, don’t stir. Spoon batter into prepared cups.
- Combine 2 tablespoons flour, 5 tablespoons sugar ,and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles course crumbs. Sprinkle over batter in muffin cups.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack. These muffins freeze really well, and re-heat in the microwave successfully.