FINALLY MY FIRST RECIPE POST!
Oh, how long I have waited for this day to come! I've been planning and dreaming about this post for weeks, and I finally had a chance to bake this morning. Lately, our house has constantly been stocked with heavenly sweets, from banana bread that my mom made to the Instagram-famous Sidecar donuts. I wanted to put off making these muffins until we finished eating each thing so that I would be able to exercise some self-control, but I soon realized it's impossible for our household to not have some kind of naughty treat in the kitchen. As shown by the Julian apple pie that is currently sitting on our kitchen counter. But I really couldn't wait any longer and made the damn muffins. Who in their right mind would complain about too many baked goods?
These simple but comforting muffins are especially close to my heart, for a variety of reasons. It was the first time I experienced the wonderful fragrance of BROWN BUTTER. Brown butter, man. Glorious, nutty, full of warmth, it is my idea of liquid gold. As soon as it makes contact with sugar, the aroma that immediately fills your nose is just, UGH. Just the thought makes me dreamy. These muffins were also how I received my mom's permission, in a way, to bake and use the kitchen. When I first started baking a couple years ago, my mom did not like me using the kitchen at all. She thought I would make a huge mess, and that baking was a waste of time. So, I was determined to prove her wrong by making the kitchen look impeccable afterwards (still working on this), and see her eyes light up with pleasure biting into something I made. These were the muffins that finally received her approval. For that reason, I am very fond of them. Yes, I develop fondness for muffins.
These muffins are simple but so satisfying. They are full of banana goodness, moist and fluffy. The depth of warmth and flavor the brown butter adds is incredible. I love the fruity tartness that the strawberries add as well. You could mix in any fruit besides strawberries too; they were just what I had on hand. Blueberries are wonderful with this recipe.
Regardless of whether you have 10 cakes in your kitchen or zero, you will not regret making these delicious muffins.
|Wet ingredients (I doubled the recipe)|
Recipe (makes 12 muffins)
Almond Streusel ingredients
*You can use all granulated sugar or all brown sugar, whatever you have on hand.
**If you don't have buttermilk, you can also use any other milk or a combination of yogurt and milk.