muffin top: blackberry muffins with crumble topping

Now before I can tempt you to make a muffin or twelve, check out my new post over at the Food Network Canada blog, Bazaar. It’s about lunches, and sandwiches and working in an office for a week. Fun stuff!


Holiday baking is near. Time to stock up on dark chocolates and phyllo and other kinds of good stuff. The only problem with that is my freezer is still crammed to the gills with all kinds of fruit from the summer. I have to make a serious dent into my summer stash of blackberries, rhubarb and strawberries before I can make way for anything new. I know, poor me.


The other night I decided to bake a little treat for our weekly gathering of ANTM devotees (oh yeah, we put our money where our mouthes are!) and while some sugary sweet cupcakes would have been more appropriate for trash-tv watching, I went with something a little healthier. So I dug into the depths of my freezer and pulled out a container of summer-ripened blackberries. I baked up a whole lot of blackberry muffins and added a crumb topping to make them a bit more special. They were well received by the crowd and despite carrying them across town in a knapsack via bicycle, they travelled well too. Perfect bites of deliciousness! Not too sweet so they’re perfect for breakfast and they make a lovely afternoon snack with tea. And if you’re not as lucky as me, you could sub in whatever frozen berry you have on hand. I’m sure they’d be wonderful with blueberries, raspberries or even a rhubarb and strawberry blend! Depending on the size of your muffin tin, this should make 12 – 16 muffins. Enjoy!

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17 comments to “muffin top: blackberry muffins with crumble topping”

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    Katie   November 23, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    They look delicious. I like the different texture a crumble topping adds to muffins

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    Joanne   November 24, 2007 at 6:58 am

    As much as I LOVE berries, fresh ones are outrageously expensive now since they are not in season. A small bag of frozen raspberries or blueberries at the supermarket is around $5.99!

    These muffins look so awesome, crumb topping and all…I might have to try these at a later date when I can find some inexpensive frozen berries or inexpensive fresh ones for that matter…which might be (gulp) next summer???

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    Lydia   November 24, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I made pan-fried scotch oats topped with strained (thickened) yogurt for breakfast the other day and it was AMAZING. I want to eat it every day. Thanks for the tips.

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    Kristen   November 24, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    I love anything with a crumble topping. These look wonderful. I bet they are delicious!

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    clumsy   November 24, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Wonderful post over at Food Network Canada. I’ve likewise been spoiled with easy, home lunches working at home for the past year–though in two weeks I start at an office job! I wish I was close to the spots you’ve picked out!!

    Also, I’ll definitely be trying these muffins soon!

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    kickpleat   November 25, 2007 at 10:15 am

    katie, i’ve never used a crumb topping on a muffin before but decided it would be nice!

    joanne, you’ve got to get yourself a costco membership. cheap large bags of berries!

    lydia, glad you loved the pan fried oatmeal. yum!

    clumsy, good luck with your office job and you might discover some hidden gems closeby.

    kristen, they are great and the crumble topping is the icing on the cake, so to speak :)

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    Dee   November 25, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Hi! I know you have probably been tagged a gazillion times, but here is a tag from me, because I find your blog so inspiring!

    Rules:
    *link to the person who tagged you
    *post the rules
    *name 8 things others don’t know about you
    *link to 8 other bloggers

    Dee
    x

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    Joanne   November 25, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    J – There is no Costco market downtown where I live, they are mostly situated in the burbs and I rarely go to the burbs and of course an automobile is also required to make the trip which I do not have access to so I rely a great deal on pricier downtown markets that charge $1.50 for one avocado and $5.99 for a small pint of berries. *sigh*

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    Cakespy   November 25, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Congratulations on your new gig! Also, happy times with these blackberry muffins! Yum!

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    Patricia Scarpin   November 26, 2007 at 5:41 am

    That topping is killing me, Kickpleat!

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    Cookie baker Lynn   November 26, 2007 at 8:24 am

    That looks like serious yummage! Wish I could have one for breakfast.

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    Tanya   November 27, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    The muffins look awesome! But, better than that I thought I was the only “adult” that found ANTM to be a guilty pleasure! After a long grueling day of entertaining co-eds with sometimes-less-than-inspired powerpoint slides…I need some no-thought-to-it-TV!

    Also — made the Contessa’s Orange Yogurt you posted a few weeks back….absolutely DIVINE!
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    kickpleat   November 27, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    thanks dee, i’ll regretfully decline in this meme, but thanks for asking!

    aw, too bad joanne. even in regular markets around here, berries don’t seem that pricey. you’ll just have to freeze a ton next summer!

    thanks cakespy!

    patricia, the topping makes these muffins extra special. no killing required ;)

    cookie baker lynn, if i could figure out a way to eat off the computer, i’d make sure you could have one of these for tomorrow’s breakfast :)

    tanya, i’ve watched every season of antm and i’m not afraid who knows it! haha. glad you enjoyed the yogurt!

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    hilary   November 27, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I too have reams of frozen summer blackberries in my freezer, so I was excited to see this recipe the other day. I made the muffins yesterday, and they’re definitely a hit… thanks so much for posting it.

    I now have a little more room in my freezer… onto the peaches…!

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    kickpleat   December 6, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    glad to hear you loved the muffins, hillary! mmm, peaches…what are you going to do with them??

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    Kelsey   September 14, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    i made these with blackberries i picked from my backyard and they were AMAZING. thanks for posting!

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