Nov 6, 2012
Buttermilk Crumb Muffins | Tuesdays with Dorie - Baking with Julia
On the first and third Tuesday of every month, bakers join together to bake a recipe from Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan based on the PBS Series hosted by Julia Child. The book was written in 1996 and is over 400 pages of recipes from Julia's guests on the show. One of the recipes is a Martha Stewart wedding cake. Wonder when the group will make that!
The recipe chosen for this week is Buttermilk Crumb Muffins from page 207.
These muffins remind me of old school coffee cake. In fact, they are pretty old school in a lot of ways because they feature shortening and LOTS of brown sugar. In a way, they kind of taste like cinnamon crumb cake doughnuts, or even Snickerdoodles. The recipe was very easy to follow, and the muffins would make a nice treat for a brunch buffet. The recipe says they are best on the day they are made and I would agree. If you make them in advance, the author recommends warming them before serving.
Update: News flash! The muffins are actually better today (day three) after being wrapped in plastic wrap. They've gotten more moist. Magic muffins.
Click on this link to get the recipe from the host for this week, Alisa from Easier than Pie. The only variation I made to the recipe was to use buttermilk powder (I hate throwing away leftover buttermilk), which I mixed in with the dry ingredients. I used water to hydrate the ingredients.
To find out more about the group and to find other bakers' links, hop over to the Tuesdays with Dorie site.