Tuesday, May 19, 2009

sour cream coffee cake muffins...

12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sour cream (I used reduced fat)
2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the streusel:
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Line muffin cups with paper liners.
Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.
For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.
Spoon half the batter into the cups and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with half of streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the cups, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool for at least 30 minutes.

This is another favorite Barefoot Contessa recipe. Her original recipe calls for making a cake in a tube pan. I don't have a tube pan, so I made muffins instead (I got 24). Next time I will swirl the streusel throughout...you know, get a little in every single yummy bite! I will be purchasing a tube pan, though for the next time just so I can try it that way, too. The original recipe also called for a glaze made with pure maple syrup drizzled on the top...yum! I omitted this step, but I'm sure it would just have added to the deliciousness of the finished product. Very moist, very, very good. I also LOVE any recipe that can be considered a breakfast food OR a dessert!!!
(24 muffins-5pt each)


diane said...

Guess what Jennifer will be baking tomorrow.

rachel said...

Unfortunately 3 of those 24 yummy muffins were consumed by the Clegg family. (I only wish I could blame all 3 of them on Josh!)

Donna-FFW said...

OK, these look incredibly delicious. Moist, and so tasty! Im printing this one out!

~Dana said...

I love Barefoot Contessa! My kids love little muffins... they are so perfect for their little hands.