I bake muffins regularly. They're always well received, but some times they need a little lift... a wee surprise. Streusel does the trick. That little extra sweetness and bit of crunch have the power to transcend an everyday muffin recipe into something quite extraordinary. Now that the heat wave is supposedly ending, I expect to get back to my kitchen. Black raspberry muffins are in the forecast for the weekend.
Streusel1/4 cup of sugar (brown, turbinado, sucanat)
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 cup of oats
4 tbls. of chilled butter
generous dash of cinnamon
delicious additions: chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts, a touch of orange zest
Mix all ingredients with fingers or a several quick pulses in a food processor until its crumbly. Sprinkle over your favorite batter right before it goes into the oven. The amount given is enough to top at least a dozen muffins. Make a double batch and freeze the leftovers so you're all set the next time you bake. What's your favorite kind of muffin?