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.


18 comments:

  1. You made the perfect looking muffin, good job. Somehow mine resembled the Grand Canyon. Bad day in the kitchen!

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    1. Mine were craters until about the last 5 to 7 minutes. I was worried.

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  2. I've never heard of buttermilk powder. I'll have to look for it. Great job!

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  3. Nice looking muffins.
    Buttermilk powder is such a handy thing to keep on hand - good thinking using it here.

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    1. Best discovery. I get mine from Surfas/The Culinary District.

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  4. I love your pictures you are a gem

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  5. Karen , your Buttermilk Crumb Muffins look absolutely perfect. I love the way you presented them, very pretty! And I had never heard of buttermilk powder either, interesting.
    Thank you also for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment!

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  6. You got such nice rounded tops!!! Beautiful!

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  7. Those are some delicious looking muffins - well done!

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  8. Beautiful muffins, beautiful photos! Your focaccia recipes look great too. I need to look into buttermilk powder; I'm always throwing out leftovers though I have every intention not to.

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    1. Thanks Cathleen. And BTW, the focaccia is ah-maze-ing. One of the best things I have baked in a long time.

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  9. Oooh! your muffins have a lovely delicate rise on top! They look fantastic!

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  10. These muffins made me want to make coffee cake. It's been years since I've made coffee cake.

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  11. I like that your muffins weren't completely covered in streusal - I think they look great!

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  12. Hi there. Food on Friday: Muffins and Cupcakes is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Please check out some of the great links there are already. Cheers

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  13. Karen, thanks for linking this in. Cheers

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    1. Thanks for the invite Carole! Love your blog.

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