Nectarine Streusel Muffins

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I’m still holding on to a handout from my Home Economics Class during my Junior High school years with instructions on how to make a good plain muffin.

Although it dates back about fifty years the method of preparing muffins hasn’t changed much. However,  what has definitely changed is the explosion of flavours and ingredients  found in the modern day muffin!

As you can tell Nectarines are still on my mind. While anticipating fruit grown a little closer to home I’m thankful to our U.S. neighbour for sharing their earlier crops.

The nectarines I used in the Summer Nectarine Cake last week were so juicy and sweet that I couldn’t help but add some to this new muffin recipe.

Not too sweet and studded with what look like nectarine jewels these muffins are light and tasty while offering a little crunch from the streusel topping.

I don’t know why crème fraiche keeps coming to mind while enjoying one of these.  Must give it a try!

Nectarine Streusel Muffins
¼ cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/3 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups ripe but firm chopped nectarines

Streusel Topping
¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 ½ tablespoons cold butter

  1. In a small bowl mix streusel topping ingredients until crumbly. (Use of a pastry cutter makes the job easier.) Set aside.
  2. Sift together flour,  baking powder and salt.
  3. Beat the softened butter and sugar until creamy then add vanilla and egg blending well.
  4. Starting and ending with the dry ingredients stir in flour mixture and milk until well mixed. (Batter will be thick but will loosen when nectarines are added.)
  5. Stir in nectarines.
  6. Fill paper lined or greased muffin tins with batter and sprinkle streusel on top of muffins.
  7. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for about 20 minutes.
  8. Yield 12 small or 8 large muffins.

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Notes, Tips and Suggestions

  • Although the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups chopped nectarines I added 2 medium size pitted, peeled and chopped nectarines which worked well.
  • If making 8 large muffins oven time may increase by a few minutes.
  • Peaches can be substituted for Nectarines.
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