Recipe Box: Earl Grey Blueberry Muffins
Today’s post comes to us from our friend Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest, a website where you’ll find recipes inspired by people and places she loves most. If you’re looking to start your morning off on the right foot, you’ll love this Earl Grey blueberry muffin recipe that Tieghan is sharing with us, shown plated on beautiful ceramic dishware from Lauren’s fair trade shop The Little Market. Keep reading to see how you can bake them up yourself…
When my youngest brother, Red, was in kindergarten, I was in seventh grade and would get home from school before he did. On Fridays, I liked to surprise him with fresh-baked treats. I would be sure to get the Betty Crocker wild blueberry muffin mix with the blueberries that came packed in a can. I swore that’s what made the muffins so good. These days, though, I do most of my baking from scratch. This version has the slightest hint of Earl Grey tea and is loaded with fresh blueberries that burst while baking, making the berries even sweeter and more delicious. Finish with a generous amount of cinnamon streusel and you’ll have the tastiest muffin—maybe even better than Red’s after-school snack.
Earl Grey Blueberry Muffins
Makes 15 – 18 muffins
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3 Earl Grey tea bags
- ½ cup canola oil
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup packed
- light brown sugar
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose ﬂour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw if frozen)
- 4 Tbsp (½ stick) salted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 15 to 18 wells of two muffin tins with paper liners.
2. In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat, then immediately remove the pan from the heat—do not allow the milk to boil. Add the Earl Grey tea bags and steep for about 15 minutes, then discard the tea bags.
3. In a large bowl, combine the canola oil, honey, ¼ cup of the brown sugar, the yogurt, vanilla, egg, and egg yolks and stir until evenly mixed and pale in color. Add the steeped milk and stir to combine. Add 3 cups of the ﬂour, the baking powder, and the salt and stir until just combined. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter, taking care not to over mix (otherwise the batter will turn blue). Divide the batter evenly among the muffins cups, ﬁlling them three-quarters of the way full.
4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ cup of flour, the butter, cinnamon, and nuts. Mix together with your hands until a crumbly mixture forms. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter, dividing it evenly.
5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Eat them while they’re hot!
There’s no better way to start your morning than with a steaming batch of these Earl Grey blueberry muffins and a mug of tea. Plus, how adorable do they look atop handmade Moroccan ceramics from The Little Market? Whenever you purchase ceramics like these serving trays and mugs, you are directly helping the female artisans that created them. We can’t think of a dreamier, or more rewarding, breakfast set up!
For more homemade and incredibly delicious recipes, be sure to check out Tieghan’s website here, and you may want to pick up a copy of her cookbook, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains.
Will you be giving this muffin recipe a try?
XO Team LC
Photos: Half Baked Harvest
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