Streusel-Topped Meyer Lemon Blueberry Muffins

I’m not sure exactly why, but over the past couple of weeks the price of blueberries has been down a bit, with the prices for a pint about at the same levels they were last summer when they were seasonal. Of course, my eyes were bigger than my stomach, so once I used them in the recipe I planned, I still had a little over a quart of berries left.

Considering that I had the better part of a bag of Meyer lemons also in the fridge needing to be used up, this recipe seemed like a no-brainer when I first saw it.

They came out tasting as good as they look, incredibly light and moist and chock full of huge blueberries. My favorite part was the streusel topping – somehow it just worked with both of the other main ingredients.

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Streusel Topped Meyer Lemon-Blueberry Muffins
recipe from Fifteen Spatulas food blog

8 oz all purpose flour (about 1.5 cups)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Zest of 2 meyer lemons
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 extra large egg
1/3 cup milk
2 cups blueberries
Streusel crumb topping (recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Prepare the streusel crumb topping (recipe below).

Whisk to combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and meyer lemon zest. Take a tbsp of the mixture and toss it with the blueberries. This ensures that the blueberries stay suspended throughout the muffin, instead of falling to the bottom.

Place the vegetable oil, egg, and milk in a bowl, and whisk to combine. Add that to the flour mixture, and remember, leave lots of lumps. If there aren’t any lumps whenever you are using the muffin method of baking, you have overmixed and invited more gluten (and toughness) to the party than was welcome. Don’t worry, a few lumps will bake out.

Dump in the blueberries, and fold them in gently. Use a disher to portion them out into the muffin cups, and sprinkle the crumb topping all over the tops. Bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with no wet batter. Let them cool, and enjoy!

Streusel Crumb Topping Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar
2.5 oz flour (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp cinnamon (cinnamon goes beautifully with blueberries)

Dice up the butter into cubes, and work all of the ingredients together with your fingertips, until it forms a bunch of crumbs and clumps. You can now sprinkle it over the tops of your muffins.

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The Washington Post July 24, 2005 Richard L. Mason, 51, an asset management executive and a hard- nosed amateur hockey player, died at Inova Loudoun Hospital on July 9, shortly after having a heart attack while playing goalie for the Ashburn Oldtimers, a senior hockey team that plays regularly at Ashburn Ice House.

Mr. Mason — teammates knew him as “Goldberg,” from the movie “The Mighty Ducks” — was “between the pipes,” as hockey players would say, fiercely defending the goal for his team. He was doing what he loved best, friends said.

In addition to the Oldtimers, he played over the years for the Ice Hogs, the Hosers and several other amateur teams, and he rooted for all the Washington professional teams, as well as for the Chicago Cubs. “A great guy” off the ice, he was “ornery and cranky on the ice,” his friend and teammate Bob Flanagan said. “He didn’t like people coming through the crease.” Mr. Mason, a resident of Herndon, was born in Oak Park, Ill., where he began playing hockey as a youngster. He received a bachelor’s degree in real estate in 1980 from Western Washington University, where he played on the hockey team. site ashburn ice house

During the 1980s, he worked as a leasing agent in San Diego and with Freddie Mac in Chicago. He moved to the Washington area in 1991. He worked for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in commercial and real estate management for 15 years before becoming senior vice president of asset management for Reilly Mortgage Group Inc. in 2003. go to site ashburn ice house

He was a member of Vale United Methodist Church in Oakton and served on the board of the Wesley Housing Development Corp., an organization that works to make affordable housing available in Northern Virginia. He also was a coach for his children’s hockey, soccer and baseball teams.

In addition to playing hockey and coaching youth sports, he could never resist a good roller coaster ride. “He loved to play,” his wife said.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lynn Mason of Herndon; four children; Tommy, Kate, Billy and Bradley Mason, all of Herndon; his mother, Marjorie Heffernan of La Grange Park, Ill.; and a brother.

One thought on “Streusel-Topped Meyer Lemon Blueberry Muffins

  1. fifteenspatulas

    I'm so glad these went so well for you! They are probably my favorite muffin, and they're nice and bright during the cold dreary winter. Cheers!

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