Summer Berry Tonka Bean Streusel Muffins

by Chris on August 1, 2008

First, thanks again to all the DBers who completed/attempted the July Challenge and all who has commented! I can’t tell you have excited I get when I see a comment alert in my email; I am like a little kid at Christmas!

I have only been able to get through a handful of posts this week, but am trying to get to all the posts in the near future. With new teachers coming in this week, and staff coming Monday, its been a busy few days! Bear with me, as I will come a-knocking soon!

sapore di frutta/fruit flavor

My trip to Charleston did not only result in the good times and baking, laughter, and puppy chasing, but I came home with some vanilla beans and tonka beans in my bag as well! Needing to use up some strawberries I bought for cake I never made, I made another batch of muffins.

But, let me quote Helen about Tonka Beans first, before I get someone commenting about not-so-positive effects tonkas cause.

The coumarin active component (and why it is not found in food products in the US) is chemically similar to the active ingredient found in a common blood thinner called warfarin or Coumadin. This medication is commonly used to “thin out” blood and prevent clot formation. Patients on this medication have to have regular blood test since too much, may pose them at risk for bleeding and too little–risk for clot formation. The dose varies so regular blood work is the only thing that we can use to adjust the dose. You can imagine that there are a lot of drug interactions when patients are on this medication. There are also food interactions.” So folks. just like everything in life (but love and chocolate) use in moderation!

These muffins were very tasty and extremely moist. Wait! Adding sour cream to any baked good is bound to create mothwatering texture. The nutty flavor of the tonka bean worked beautifully with the strawberries. The boys with the custodian staff raved about them. However, I might leave the blueberries out next time, or use fresh, rather than dried. I am thinking adding a lttle fresh thyme might be a pretty cool addition as well. We’ll see next time!

Summer Berry Tonka Bean Streusel Muffins

Streusel Topping:
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup quick-cooking rolled oats
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Then, with a pastry blender, 2 knives, or a fork, cut in the butter.

For Muffins:
½ cup butter softened
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
½ cup sour cream
2 tonka beans, finely grated
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
½ cup dried blueberries

Grease/Line a 12- muffin pan and preheat oven to 400° F. In a medium size bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, tonka bean, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine milk, sour cream and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until well blended. Alternately add the flour and milk mixture to the butter mixture, beating until the batter is combined. Do not overbeat. Gently fold in berries. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, transfer the batter into muffin pan. Generously sprinkle tops of muffins with the streusel topping.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool muffins in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin cups.

* I didn’t use muffin cups but will next time. Because I was overly generous on the streusel, the muffins were hard take out of the pan, to maneuver, and pick up.

Tomato Update…

Check out these babies!

I am so excited about my tomatoes. I have eaten the two that were ready for the pickin’ and now, its like a domino effect! I brought in 4 to the secretary at work, who ate one like an apple and with a huge grin. It’s not over, though. I have other tomatoes ripening as we speak. They are much smaller, but I will eat them nonetheless. :)


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