Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesdays With Dorie: Buttermilk Crumb Muffins

Today's foray for Tuesdays With Dorie was Buttermilk Crumb Muffins. After October, where we had two yeasted adventures (one of which I still haven't done yet), it was a relief to have something simple like muffins for today. The batter is relatively simple to assemble: Shortening is blended into brown sugar and flour (I used butter instead of shortening here), and a portion of that mixture is reserved for the crumb topping. After spices and leavening are added to the remaining dry ingredients, eggs and buttermilk go in, and that's pretty much it.


I did half of the batter plain and half with dried cranberries. The dried-cranberry batter is in the photo above.


I ended up with two dozen muffins. I tried one while they were still warm, and while I liked the gentle flavor from the spices, I can't say that I loved this recipe. The muffins are kind of meh. The crumb topping is unimpressive, and the muffins feel somewhat insubstantial. I wasn't surprised that they didn't rise with a nice domed top (they don't look that way in the photo in the book, either), but to me, the flat top makes them look unappealing. Since I have scads of other muffin recipes that I really like, I don't know that I'll revisit this one.

For the recipe (and to see how a nice batch of these muffins turned out), visit Easier Than Pie.

9 comments:

Flourchild said...

Sorry they were not a big hit with you.. I made minis and loved the way they turned out!

Have Apron....Will Bake said...

I tried them twice and they were tasty but not appealing to look at really. I will try them again though, just because I think I overmixed them. I agree, I have had better muffin recipes. These could use some embellishment.

Cindy said...

I didn't mind the taste but my muffins resembled the Grand Canyon. Pretty sad.

Sweet and That's it said...

I don't know how they should taste as I made so many changes to the recipe to make it a bit healthier...
They turned out fine...luckily.

Sara said...

I wasn't overly impressed with these. I just felt they could have been better, considering what went into them. At least they looked good!

Karen said...

Mine rose a little bit but not much, and only in the last 5 to 7 minutes. I liked them warm.

Cathleen said...

I won't be revisiting this recipe either. Hoping for a better outcome with the brownies!

sanya smith said...

The flat top left me unsatisfied too!
I didn't mind the taste but I'd prefer a well risen muffin!

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