Let me start by saying, I love cooking with my kids. However, with that said, there are not a whole lot of times during the weekday that I can present that opportunity due to busy schedules. Furthermore, I ‘think’ the last thing that is on their mind when they get home from school is a cooking session with Dad. Weekends present a different story though. Not too different, but the pace slows down a bit. There are opportunities, such as the one my wife presented to our oldest son, whereas he loved french toast so much that she showed him everything there was to know about french toast. Now, he is making french toast every morning, by himself, for breakfast. Keep in mind this is the kid who refuses anything that has eggs in it.
Weekend cooking sessions tend to be more geared towards baking though, and we all know that I do not bake that often. I have made enough creations that I can be pretty dangerous in the kitchen when it comes to baking though, so I am no stranger. Things like homemade focaccia bread, some beer and cheddar bread, and even some rosemary bread that used a great starter to name a few. But when it comes to baking, I know exactly what my kids are looking for. Desserts. And we all know that I do not have much of a sweet tooth!
With all of this said, my daughter was excited to spend the day with her grandma and grandpa this past weekend. As she questioned why the four of us were going to the baseball game without her, she suddenly tuned that out with that excitement of spending that quality time with the grandparents. And then the question came to me, “Dad, should we make some blueberry pie to take over to grandma’s?”. Time was of the essence here. It was nearing twelve o’clock and we needed to be by grandma’s by at least 3:30. So my response was “well dear, as I would love to make the pie, it will take some time to make the dough and cook everything in time. How about we make blueberry muffins?”. I couldn’t let that eagerness to cook and create something she was so excited about go , could I? So as I knew everything that we needed, I only needed to head to the store to purchase some extra blueberries, and off to the store we went.
I do love baking with my kids because the best thing about that is that they can measure everything themselves, and mix everything. Pretty simple when it comes to making things like these awesome muffins, or any type of cookie for that matter. So when we returned home, we quickly got started.
Ingredients: (Makes about 9-11 muffins)
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 whole egg, room temperature, beaten
- 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and patted dry
- Muffin liners
For the Crumble Topping:
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
These blueberry muffins are not only really easy to make, but wow, are they packed with greatness.
Begin by heating the oven to 400 degrees.
Add the muffin liners to your muffin tin. This recipe will make about 9-11 muffins. To a bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, oil, and baking powder. To a small bowl, add the milk and beaten egg and mix that together. Add this to the flour mixture, and begin mixing with a wooden spoon until all lumps are out. Next, add in the blueberries, and gently fold into the mixture, being careful not to bust any of them open.
To another bowl, add in the crumble ingredients, and begin mixing and mashing up the butter just a bit.
Take this mixture, and begin filling the muffin liners. You will want to fill them almost to the top but not all of the way as they will rise up a bit. Divide the crumble topping onto each muffin, and feel free to be generous. Start by adding enough crumble to cover each muffin, then with any leftover, begin sprinkling over all of them.
Place these in the oven for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven to let cool a bit.
The result. Well, nothing but a moist and perfect muffin. For someone who thinks he does not have a sweet tooth, well, I think I do. We immediately had to plate three of them for grandma’s house, and then we enjoyed one (I mean two) ourselves. As much as I got the pleasure from shopping with my daughter to mixing and baking the muffins, I think I got more pleasure out of watching her eat and talk about the muffins.