As soon as upon a time, I spent roughly a complete summer time making blueberry muffins, gripped with an obsession (that may be worrisome wherever however this web page) to make what I hoped can be the final blueberry muffin recipe we’d ever want. You’d assume in spite of everything that that the trail to those raspberry muffins can be easier, but it surely took 5 raspberry seasons to get right here.
A really logical query you’re about to ask is: Why not simply swap the blueberries in your blueberry muffins with raspberries? And the reply is that whereas it really works, they’re not unhealthy in any respect, they’re simply not the raspberry muffin I dreamed of. These are and so they’re totally good: hefty, moist, lemony, not too candy, and completely tie-dyed with a constellation of raspberries inside. I feel they may be the very best muffins I’ve ever made. Right here’s what I’ve discovered alongside the way in which:
Raspberries: Let me simply get this out of the way in which: The correct quantity of raspberries for six muffins is half a pound, or about 1 2/3 to 1 3/4 cups. This can be a greater berry focus than the blueberry muffins. Raspberries are usually not blueberries; they spill much less into the batter round them so that you want extra to get the precise oomph.
Frozen raspberries: As a result of recent raspberries could be notably expensive, somewhat than let you know “go for it!” in case you wished to make use of frozen raspberries as an alternative, I developed these with them. This was the shock: Frozen raspberries work even higher right here. As a result of we stir them in nonetheless frozen, they don’t get juicy till they’re baked so you find yourself with a thicker muffin batter that domes greater and spreads much less. “However I simply went raspberry choosing!” First, I’m jealous. Second, sure, you possibly can nonetheless use them right here, simply remember the fact that the muffins could be flatter.
Dimension: On a rushed, distracted morning on the finish of the varsity yr, I noticed that in case you unintentionally divide my Good Blueberry Muffin batter into 6 muffins as an alternative of the supposed 9, you get an much more towering, beneficiant, bakery-like muffin that feels each bit just like the present I’d supposed them to be for academics*. On this recipe, that measurement shouldn’t be an accident. It makes 6 and it’s simply doubled to make 12. The muffins clock in at 4 to five ounces every and greater than one-third that weight is from raspberries, however they’re made in a standard-sized tin. I instructed you they have been dreamy!
Streusel: I don’t make the principles of the universe; I can not clarify to you why raspberry muffins want streusel however blueberry muffins don’t, however belief me that the streusel right here is nonnegotiable. But I detest making a muffin batter and scooping it out solely to appreciate I’ve one other step: making a “fast” streusel. In Smitten Kitchen Keepers’ Peach Crumb Muffins, I bumped into this as nicely but it surely gnawed at me that streusel is simply butter, sugar, and flour, proper? And that’s already within the batter? A little bit of math later, my answer is to work the streusel step into the early a part of the batter, so whenever you’re achieved, you’re actually achieved.
* Talking of academics! The Smitten Kitchen Classroom Wishlist Mission 2023 is now dwell! Within the US, an incredible variety of academics don’t get the funding they should set their school rooms up for fulfillment. Most will find yourself paying out of their very own pockets to purchase academic supplies, which feels all fallacious and makes me unhappy. I’ve requested academics to ship me their wishlists in hopes that we can assist clear as many as potential, as we did final summer time. Assist out in case you really feel you’re in a position — you’ll unquestionably make a trainer’s (and their college students’) day! [Project information. Direct link to spreadsheet.]