Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

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Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

So despite some unnecessarily stressful back and forth that has been going on in my life, I’m still set to share my news with you on Thursday.  Part of me is SO excited, but the rest of me is still nervous/terrified/anxious.  I know some of you are eager to know what my news is, but trust me, I’m even more eager to be able to share!  Just a couple more daysWinking smile

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

For the third week of the Joy the Baker spotlight and cook-off, we were able to make any recipe from Joy’s cookbook.  Considering I want to make almost everything in the book and NEED to make about half of the recipes, that was a tough decision.  But brown butter and a muffin with crumb topping all in one?  These muffins were definitely in the running.  Having plenty of fresh blueberries on hand sealed the deal.

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

These blueberry muffins came out of the oven perfect.  The texture of the muffin was light and cakey without being dry.  They smelled amazing and were really hard to photograph before diving in and eating them!

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins
Source: Joy the Baker Cookbook
Makes 12 muffins

Muffin ingredients:
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup milk
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries thawed and drained

Topping Ingredients:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Pre-heat oven to 375.  Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners and set aside
Make the muffin batter
Brown the butter: Heat butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly; when butter turns to an amber/light brown color, remove from heat immediately.  You should be able to smell the deeper more caramel flavor of the butter
Pour browned butter immediately into a small bowl and set aside
In a medium bowl, whisk milk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined; whisk in brown butter and set aside
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; add milk mixture and stir just until combined; fold in blueberries
Distribute batter evenly among cupcake liners and set aside
Make crumb topping by combining the butter, flour and sugar with your fingers until most of the dry ingredients are in small clumps; sprinkle each muffin generously with topping
Bake muffins 18-20 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out of center of a muffin clean

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

This post is part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef.  I received a free copy of the Joy the Baker Cookbook but all opinions expressed are my own.

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44 Responses to “Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins”

  1. Florida Foodie February 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    These look like the blueberry muffins at Einstein’s!

  2. Cathy at Wives with Knives February 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I was so tempted to choose this recipe but opted for the snickerdoodles instead. Love the streusel topping on these muffins. These will be our Sunday brunch treat.

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Oh I’ll have to check your post, the snickerdoodles sounded so good!

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I love your weekly cookoff and these look amazing! I want to do something like that…how fun!

  4. Lacy @ NYCityEats February 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Ooohh these sound incredible!! I’ve never tried a brown butter muffin but how could you go wrong! Especially with the crumb topping. They look delicious!

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      You definitely can’t go wrong with a brown butter muffin:-)

  5. Tracey February 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    You had me at brown butter :) I love blueberry muffins, I’m saving this one for later in the summer when blueberries are at their peak here!

  6. Angelyn February 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Wow! These look amazing!

  7. Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I love that these have brown butter in them!! How genius and perfect?! Definitely will be making these soon. And I can’t wait to hear your news :D

  8. Erin February 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    I definitely need to get this cookbook. And I happen to have a large thing of blueberries from Sam’s club O:-)

  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Great muffins! They look perfect with the topping! I really need to get into this brown butter baking.

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Yes, yes you do!

  10. Cassie February 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    These are awesome! Love, love, love brown butter!

  11. Ann February 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    These look absolutely delicious and I’m excited to hear your news.

  12. Baker Street February 29, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    I love baking with brown butter. They add a lovely nuttiness to baked goods. I can almost taste these gorgeous blueberry muffins.

  13. CouponClippingCook February 29, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    These muffins look perfect and how cool that they’re made with brown butter. Your pictures are beautiful too.

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  14. Kathryn February 29, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    I can’t wait to get Joy’s book and these muffins have just reinforced that!!

  15. Sandra February 29, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    I.want. one.NOW!!!!

  16. Brian @ A Thought For Food February 29, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    I’m going to save this recipe for the summer when I can go pick blueberries and make a batch of these beauties!

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      Great idea, these would be even better (if possible) with fresh local berries!

  17. Heather @girlichef February 29, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    I’ve made a brown butter blueberry muffin before, but it did not have an awesome crumb topping. I need these in my life. And I’m right there with ya, I totally NEED to make so many recipes from this book. NEEEEED! ;) Mouthwatering photos, Lauren.

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      Thanks, Heather! I need to check out what everyone else made this week!

  18. Joanne February 29, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    can I tell you how excited I am even though I already KNOW what the news is?!?!? Very.

    And here are the infamous muffins I’ve heard so much about! Beautiful. Now…if only I could decide what to make for week 4…

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      I can’t wait to see what you decide to make!

  19. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I can’t wait for your announcement :)

    this is such a fun bake-off! And great pick with these muffins…wow, they look and sound fab!

  20. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 29, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    These sound amazing! I bet the browned butter really takes them up a notch.

  21. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious February 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Yup, pretty much perfect I’d say! Brown butter is always a winner and in a muffin? Wow..
    Great post..

  22. Ann February 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I made these muffins from her blog before:

    • KeepItSweet February 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Oh wow, I didn’t know she had blogged about them before!

  23. Kiri W. February 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Oooh, these look amazing! Brown butter is such a delicious thing. :)

  24. Lora @cakeduchess February 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Gorgeous muffins! I love baking with brown butter:)I need these for an afternoon coffee break:)xx

  25. Catalina @ Cake with Love February 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    From what I know brown butter makes everything better! These muffins look amazing!

  26. Simply Life February 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    these look so good! so what exactly is brown butter? I’m so curious!

  27. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    These muffins look amazing. Love that there’s a crumb topping. I can never eat a muffin without a little something-something on top, like a glaze or streusel topping. Yes, I’m very muffin-spoiled.

  28. Michelle February 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    These are tagged in my book. How can I resist blueberries and (especially) brown butter?

  29. Kim - Liv Life March 1, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Oohh!! I want that cookbook! These look awesome. Absolutely gorgeous photos too!

  30. Kim March 1, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    I just so happen to have blueberries in my fridge and these muffins are calling my name too. I definitely see them in my future. So glad to hear they were great!

  31. Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 1, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Yum, these look lovely!

  32. bakerbynature March 1, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I want these on my breakfast table right now – mrah!!!

    I seriously can’t wait to make every single glorious recipe Joy has put in that beautiful book!

  33. Erica March 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Those look really good! I made the zucchini and potato pancakes.

  34. Emily @ Life on Food March 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    I really need to make some thing with brown butter. These looks so yummy! I wish I could have one every Monday!


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