Blueberry Muffins with Almond Streusel

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So here we are, in the middle of a messy kitchen renovation. The space that we used to call our home has turned into a war zone of barricaded areas, hostile grounds, and dangerous territories. Ha! Has anybody ever told you that children and renovations don’t go well together? With 3 small kids, and just one of me (my lucky husband gets to go to work), I feel ravaged by the time breakfast comes around.

Lucky for me, I’ve already made these delicious blueberry muffins from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery cookbook.

I rarely say “the best” of anything and all that jazz, but this blueberry muffin is no ordinary blueberry muffin. It might be the best recipe I’ve tried. It’s, like, Thomas Keller and his team can do no wrong at all! Read the “Notes” section of the recipe below for some tips.

I’ve made two substitutions in all: 1) I used maple syrup in lieu of molasses for the batter; 2) I used muscovado sugar in lieu of regular sugar for the streusel. Although I’ve made these changes, the muffins turned out fine, with a nice, tender crumb and a deep flavour.

I’m keeping my post sweet and simple today. Just like these muffins that I’ve fallen in love with. I urge you to try the recipe and let me know how it turns out for you. I’m confident it is one of the best muffins out there.


5.0 from 5 reviews
Blueberry Muffins with Almond Streusel
 
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Recipe adapted (with minor changes) from Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel. Published by Artisan in 2012.
Recipe Type: breakfast, snack, muffins
Serves: 6 large muffins or 9 medium muffins
Ingredients
  • ~~ For the Blueberry Muffins ~~
  • 180 grams (3/4 cup) frozen or fresh wild blueberries
  • 10 grams (1 tablespoon) all-purpose flour +
  • 86 grams (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 109 grams (3/4 cup + 1-1/2 tbsp) cake flour
  • 2.8 grams (1/2 + ⅛ tspn) baking powder
  • 2.8 grams (1/2 + ⅛ tsp) baking soda
  • 2.4 grams (3/4 tsp) sea salt
  • 96 grams (3.4 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 96 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 40 grams (2 tbsp) unsulfured blackstrap molasses [or substitute with maple syrup like I did]
  • 54 grams (2-1/2 tbsp) honey, like clover
  • 72 grams (about 1-1/2 large) eggs
  • 1.2 grams (1/4 tsp) vanilla paste
  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) buttermilk
  • 150 grams (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) Almond Streusel [see below for recipe]
  • ~~ For the Almond Streusel ~~
  • 60 grams (3/8 cup + 2 tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 60 grams (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp) almond meal / flour
  • 60 grams (1/4 cup + 1-1/2 tbsp) granulated sugar or muscovado sugar [I used muscovado]
  • 0.3 grams (1/8 tsp) kosher salt
  • 60 grams (2 oz) cold, unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
Instructions
  1. For the muffin batter: Toss the blueberries with the 10 grams of flour in a small bowl and place in freezer.
  2. Place remaining 86 grams of flour in a medium bowl. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add salt and whisk together.
  3. Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, turn to medium-low speed, and cream the butter until it is the consistency of mayonnaise.
  4. Add the sugar and mix on medium-low speed for about 1 minute, until mixture is fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the molasses and honey and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds, until just combined.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla paste, and mix for 30 seconds until just combined.
  6. Add half the flour mixture and mix on low speed for 15 seconds, or until just combined. Add half the buttermilk and mix for 15 to 30 seconds to combine. Repeat with remaining flour, followed by the remaining buttermilk.
  7. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate any dry ingredients that have settled there. Transfer the batter to a covered container and refrigerate overnight, or for up to 36 hours.
  8. To bake the muffins, preheat the oven to 425 F. Line the muffin pan with muffin papers, if using, and spray the papers with nonstick cooking spray.
  9. Remove the batter from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes to soften.
  10. Stir in the frozen blueberries into the batter and spoon batter evenly into muffin papers, stopping about ⅜ inch from the top (about 140 grams each muffin). Sprinkle 30 grams / a generous 3 tablespoons of the streusel on top.
  11. Place the pan in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 325 F, and bake for 36 to 40 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and a tester inserted in the centre comes out (pretty) clean. Set the pan on a rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
  12. The muffins are best the day they are baked, but they can ve wrapped individually in a few layers of plastic wrap or stored in a single layer in a covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 week.
  13. To make the Almons Streusel Topping: Combine the all-purpose flour, almond flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl, and whisk to break up any lumps.
  14. Add the butter and toss to coat the pieces. Work the mixture with your fingertips, breaking the butter into pieces no larger than ⅛ inch and combining it with the flour mixture. Do not overwork the mixture or allow the butter to become soft. If it does, place the bowl in the refrigerator to harden the butter before continuing, about 15 to 30 minutes.
  15. Transfer the streusel to a covered container or resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 1 month. Use the streusel while it is cold.
  16. Makes about 220 grams (approximately 3-1/2 cups).
Notes
Thomas Keller suggests resting the batter overnight, or for as long as 36 hours, to allow the flour to hydrate (absorb liquid). Resting the batter also enhances flavour and gives better crumb. I absolutely stand by this! It really makes a difference in the muffins, elevating them into another level of deliciousness.

 

35 Comments

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Beautiful muffins, I love the almond streusel!

  • I have yet to eat at any of Thomas Keller’s restaurants and I think I would go crazy at Bouchon when I get there. These sound perfect, with the almond streusel. I’ve never heard of letting muffin batter rest overnight, but it makes sense! Thanks for sharing that tip.

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Katie

    Hi Jen,

    I recently discovered your blog and I just want to say DROOL. Your photography and styling is to die for- and it’s certainly inspired me to get baking like crazy :) Looking forward to reading many more of your posts (and possibly whipping up a batch or three of those muffins- YUM)

    Katie

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Jean | Lemons & Anchovies

    Hang in there–just think of how much you’ll enjoy your new kitchen when it’s all done. Easy for me to say, right?! I don’t have kids to manage when stuff is being done around the house. Our dining room chairs (and bay window seating) are being re-upholstered right now so seating is limited. Hopefully, it won’t be much longer for you.

    Now about these muffins. You had me at blueberries and almond streusel.

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Patty

    Always love your photos Jen!!!
    I wish I could have one of your blueberry muffins-they look just perfect;-)
    Hope all is well with your remodel;-)

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    The Kitchen Boudoir

    As you know, I am right with you in that culinary crush on Chef Keller, and these blueberry muffins do look so good! I am also with you on those kitchen renovations – mine was totally renovated a while ago (new floors, cupboards, etc.) and for two weeks I ate my ‘meals’ (mostly Pho from the place across the street) in my living room wedged between all the boxes, kitchen paraphernalia, furniture, etc. It took a toll emotionally, but in the end was so worth it. Also, I now know how to lay kitchen floors (and not just ON them, as my profile picture suggests). :)

  • They look so light and tender, Keller never disappoints!

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Raymund

    Those are very nice looking muffins

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Suzanne

    One of my all time favorite muffins!! Oh I feel for you, I hate messes and renovations are the toughest. Good luck I’m sure it will be beautiful.

  • Love that even in the midst of remodeling you are able to crank out a beautiful post! I recently purchased his new book and LOVE it. You will have to post some photos (before and after) when your kitchen is complete. I am sure it will be stunning!!!!

  • Yummy! I top my muffins with streusel most of the times, too. But instead of almond meal, I add ground flaxseed and toasted wheatgerm to mine.

    Good luck with the kitchen reno, and I can’t wait to see your new kitchen.

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Wow, these are some super lovely muffins. I adore blueberry muffins.

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Tessa

    Gorgeous muffins! They look light and flavorful!

  • The tops on these are so pretty! Make them even more irresistible!

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Choc Chip Uru

    I wish I could eat these everyday for breakfast :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Suzanne Perazzini

    We renovated 12 houses over not many more years while our son was growing up so I do understand and with 3 children, it must be chaos. It sure pays to be organised and have foods prepared in advance.

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    The Squishy Monster

    I’m such a fan of blueberry + almond. I must try this. I love your petal wrappers too..cute! =)

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    Mom-Friday

    Lovely muffins! I like blueberry and cheese muffins!
    I have not baked in a while now… muffins are not as popular as cupcakes and cookies in this household so I have to bookmark this for future use. I’m the only one craving for this!

  • I hope your renovations go quickly, and you are back in the kitchen before you know it! Gorgeous muffins!

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    Ashley - baker by nature

    Ooooh I can’t wait to hear all about your new kitchen! It’ll be worth all the chaos in the end, I’m sure ;)

    Now, on to these muffins! They look seriously perfect… And I want a tray immediately.

  • Reply January 19, 2013

    Magic of Spice

    Gorgeous muffins Jen! I hope your kitchen renovation runs smoothly and quickly :)

  • Keller’s book is one of my favorite! all the recipes are spot on! just like these gorgeous muffins. perfect for breakfast or in the lunch box.
    I can’t wait to see photos from your kitchen.

  • Reply January 19, 2013

    The Café Sucré Farine

    These look so delicious! What a treat to have these in your stash while your kitchen is being renovated. I know it’s rough with the little ones but it will be so worth it! Hope it gets done even quicker than anticipated!

  • Reply January 20, 2013

    Valerie

    Muffins are soothing! I can see how enjoying one (or more!) could help you deal with the chaos in your kitchen. :D
    Love your tender photos!

  • Reply January 21, 2013

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I wish I could have this for breakfast every morning!

  • Reply January 21, 2013

    Cass @foodmyfriend

    I can relate and I feel very sorry for you! Love this recipe. It looks so beautiful… as usual :)

  • Reply January 22, 2013

    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Hope renovation is going well for you! I know it’s not easy with the kids, especially when they spend most of time at home! I love your almond streusel topping. And blueberry is my favorite ingredient for muffins. Wish I have this for breakfast tomorrow!

  • Reply January 22, 2013

    Cary

    I have made these muffins twice and the molasses at 40 grams makes them taste like a molasses muffin instead of a blueberry muffin. On my second try I reduced the molasses to about 20 grams, and they tasted better but still had a strong molasses flavor. Did you find the same? Aside from that, the muffin is very moist with great texture.

    • Reply January 23, 2013

      Jen

      Hi, Cary! Thanks for dropping me a line. As noted on my recipe, I actually substituted the molasses with equal parts maple syrup. That’s 1 of the 2 changes I made in the recipe. I don’t really like the taste of molasses and I didn’t want to buy a bottle just so I can make this recipe…so I just made it with maple syrup, and I think that may have made quite a difference in taste. I liked it with the maple syrup. Perhaps if you try with maple syrup in the future, let me know how it goes for you!
      Take Care,
      Jen

  • Reply January 23, 2013

    heather

    These do look perfect! I am a sucker for anything blueberry :)

    Good luck with the renos!

  • Reply February 8, 2013

    Loretta

    This recipe sounds so complex! LOL but it is the infamous Keller so must be worth it!

  • Reply February 25, 2013

    Christina

    Wow – stunning photos and all while you are enduring a kitchen reno! So pleased I discovered your site.

  • Reply May 9, 2013

    Kris

    Could you tell me how/where you adapted this recipe? How it differs from the original? Also, the instructions have no reference of where to add the eggs.

    • Reply May 12, 2013

      Jen

      Hi, I replied to your personal email. And thanks for the head’s up re: egg. I’ve updated the recipe…

  • Reply December 18, 2013

    T.Pat.

    I just used the crumb topping for my coffee cake, it worked so well! So happy Google search led me here.

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