Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cinnamon-Plum Muffins with Streusel Topping

The aroma of cinnamon and plums mingling together make such a pleasant start to your day as these muffins bake in your cottage kitchen! It's a wonderful flavor combination. Topped with a deliciously–crunchy streusel, these moist muffins are perfect for any cottage breakfast or brunch...or even an afternoon snack. With a cup of coffee or tea, of course!

I used red plums in these muffins, but you can use any variety of plums. Hope you enjoy trying this recipe!


Makes about 14 muffins

Muffin Batter:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh plums (unpeeled)
Streusel Topping:

  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon cold butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper liners (since this recipe makes about 14 muffins, you'll need to use two 12-cup pans).

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and yogurt, blending well.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; add to butter/sugar mixture, mixing until ingredients are well combined. Fold in plums. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cups, about 3/4 full.

Make Streusel Topping by combining the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon; cut in butter with a fork until crumbly. Add walnuts and stir mixture until nuts are evenly distributed.

Sprinkle the streusel mixture over each muffin, then put in oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffins comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans, then either serve warm or let muffins cool completely on a wire rack.

NOTE: You'll probably have about 3 extra Tablespoons of streusel mixture left over; save and use for other baking!

These muffins are filled with lots of delicious chunks of fresh plums–no wonder they're so moist!

Do you have a favorite plum recipe?

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