Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Steusel is a German word meaning "something sprinkled or strewn" such as the crumb topping sprinkled on these muffins. You can find struesel topping on everything from muffins to pies to coffee cakes and doughnuts. Adding a crumb topping to these various baked goods is a simple alternative to the more common powdered sugar glaze. Or in the case of muffins, it just makes a delicious morning staple even more delicious!

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil or applesauce
1/2 cup cinnamon chips (optional)

Topping

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Stir in milk, vanilla, egg and vegetable oil. Fold in cinnamon chips. Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin cups, filling about 3/4 of the way up the sides.

For topping mix together the sugars, flour and cinnamon, then cut in butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Mixture should be slightly crumbly (use a fork or a pastry cutter/blender for best texture). Sprinkle over muffin cups.
Bake muffins at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

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