Pretty Crumby Muffins
Buttermilk Crumb Muffins. They sound good, don’t they? But, there are two reasons why I have always passed this recipe by when I saw it in Baking with Julia.
One, the recipe uses shortening. Seriously, in a muffin? Aside from being just plain bad for you, I always associate shortening with greasy blandness. I only have it in the house because a little does help sometimes in pie crust, and it also lends a unique texture to snickerdoodles. Other than that, I try to avoid it.
Secondly, the recipe uses two cups of sugar for 14 muffins. That’s just crazy, too. I like sugar and all, but it just seems like overkill to use that much sugar in a muffin.
Well, I am committed to making all the recipes in this book, so I did make it. I decided that I could live with the sugar, but I could not deal with the shortening. I substituted butter for that.
They came together very easily; just stir everything together basically.
I may have overfilled my muffin tins a bit and I think it may have helped if I had let the batter sit for a few minutes before baking. The tops were really flat and not all that attractive, which is why I am showing you so many pictures of them upside down.
Plus, I sorta liked the way they looked when I turned them out of the pan. They were nice and golden and had a great fluffy texture.
The boys loved them. The husband and I thought they were too sweet. Additionally, I thought they were kind of boring. Now, 17 years ago, as a newleywed, I would have been thrilled with these muffins, as I was with everything I made out of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, but now, I guess my tastes have changed. I wished for some blueberries or citrus, something that would make this muffin more than just sugar and fluff. The husband suggested that some bran would be good. I don’t know if I would like that, but at least it would be different.
In any case, and I think this is the first time I have said this about any recipe I have made from Baking with Julia, I will not be making this again. I just think there are better muffin recipes out there.
If you want to try them, you can find the recipe here.