Muffin Monday: Peach Streusel Muffins

February 18, 2007

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Ok, I admit, my muffin-picture-taking-ablilty needs some *serious* work…but these muffins were yummy!

Months ago–could it be years?–I had ripped out the “Muffins 101” article from Martha Stewart Living. Sure, I know how to make a muffin…but sometimes it’s nice to have a quick go-to guide for measurements and the like. But the part that I was *really* interested in was her recipe for Streusel Topping.

Now I’ve been making Streusel toppings for years, and though I change it up, sometimes butter, sometimes shortening, sometimes adding in fruit or nuts…I’ve used white sugar, light brown sugar, dark brown sugar….but I’d *never* used confectioners’ sugar, and that’s what hers called for…and I was intrigued.

So there the recipe/article sat, dutifully ripped out and sleeved, waiting for me…and in honor of “Muffin Monday”, I finally pulled it out and put it to use! I still had some peaches in my freezer from the fall…so I decided to use her recipe for “Breakfast Muffins” with the “optional fruit add-in” (the peaches) and the also-optional Streusel Topping.

The muffins themselves were tasty—and tasted like muffins, as opposed to cake, which is just how I like them. But really, the muffin itself was no tastier–or really, not even as tasty–as many of the other recipes I’ve used. But that Streusel Topping? The one with the powered snow-sugar that had so intrigued me…?

Well let me tell you: that streusel was the break-out, stellar discovery of the recipe! In fact, so far it is my favorite new cooking discovery in 2007!

The crumbles have *such* a different texture than any other I’ve made: they’re almost crunchy, but still light and melt-in-your-mouth……they are truly a stand-out! I’m not saying I won’t still use my other sugars in streusels from now on…but when I want something “lighter” than the white sugar version, or more “spring” or “summery” tasting than those made with brown sugar, this is the one!

I would have happily linked to the Muffin 101 article or at least the Streusel recipe on the Martha Stewart site…but who could find them on there?! I don’t know if any of you have experienced the frustration of her search engine, but honestly, it’s so frustrating it’s just not worth it. I mean, I put in the name of the article or the exact name of the recipe, and it gives me pages and pages of results…and none of them seem to actually be what I want.

I know I’m ranting a bit here, but come on Martha, in this day and age, with a company as large and successful as yours, and one with such a large online presence…you need to fix this, pronto. It is ridiculous that Google is more helpful finding a recipe than the search funtion on your site. Or that it took a Google search to bring me to an ebay listing to find out that the Muffins 101 article was actually in the June 2002 Martha Stewart Living. That took literally 2 minutes….after a fruitless 30 minutes searching your own site. Ugh!

Ok, enough complaining now! *smile* Here’s the Streusel recipe, so you can all give it a try!

Streusel from MSL’s Muffins 101

Makes enough for 12 standard muffins.

5 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter, melted*

2/3 cup all-purpose Flour

2/3 cup Confectioners’ Sugar**

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of Salt

1) Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix with your fingers until mixture is moist and crumbly.

2) Drop crumb mixture over muffin batter in cups, and press gently before placing in the oven.

*(I used salted butter, as I prefer an extra hit of salt in my sweets…)

**(The star of the show! *smile*)

Muffin Monday is the brainchild of Elena over at Sqpixels. Thank you Elena!

Be sure to check out the round-up to check out all of the other wonderful muffins and experimenters in this inaugural event!

Filed Under: Bread/Pastry, Breakfast, Recipe, Sweet

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