It seems everywhere I go people are gearing up for Fall. The Labour Day weekend hasn’t even passed yet and I’m seeing snow suits in stores and magazines full of ‘Fall’ recipes.
Although I’m definitely not ready for cooler weather and I will hang on to summer until 11:59 pm on Labour Day a pumpkin muffin anytime of the year is moist and delicious.
Add in some small sweet Canadian wild blueberries and they are even better. Take them up one level higher with a streusel topping and it is win/win/win for everyone.
Bake up a double batch to enjoy on the upcoming last weekend of the summer and freeze a few for those hectic days after Labour Day when everyone is getting back to their ‘normal’ routines.
These moist muffins full of sweet blueberries hint at their pumpkin flavour and if you wish to skip the streusel no one needs to know.
The recipe lists all-purpose flour and I used 1/2 half whole wheat and 1/2 all-purpose. As well, I used frozen blueberries as they are readily available in the grocery stores throughout the year. Use right from frozen to cut down on colouring the batter purple but you will need to add another couple of minutes to your baking time.
Any leftover pumpkin can be frozen in ziplock bags for the next pumpkin recipe that comes your way.
(This recipe is from 2016 100 Best Pumpkin Recipes, Better Homes and Gardens magazine.)
Blueberry-Pumpkin Muffins with Almond-Oat Streusel
Preheat oven to 350F. Paper line 15 muffin cups with liners.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Almond-Oat Streusel (recipe follows)
In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
In a small bowl, combine pumpkin buttermilk and vanilla.
In a large bowl beat the butter and white and brown sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Scrape down bowl and beaters. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alernately, beating on low after each addition. MIX UNTIL JUST COMBINED. DO NOT OVER MIX. OVER MIXING PRODUCES A TOUGHER FINISHED PRODUCT. (Batter will be stiff.) Fold in blueberries.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Fill approximately 2/3 full and top with streusel.
Almond-Oat Streusel – In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tbsp rolled oats and 2 tbsp sliced almonds, 4 tsp all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir in 3 tbsp melted butter and combine.
Bake 18 -21 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly touched, or toothpick will come out clean when inserted into the middle of a muffin.