Thomas Muffins

Adapted from AllRecipes's To Die For Blueberry Muffins

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Muffin
1 c. All-purpose flour
1/2 c. Rolled oats
2/3 c. Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking powder
1/3 cup Vegetable oil
1 Egg
~1/3 c. Milk
1 c. Blueberries, fresh or frozen

Streusel Toppings
1/3 c. Brown sugar
1/6 c. All-purpose flour
1/6 c. Rolled oats
1/4 c. Unsalted butter, cubed
1.5 tsp Ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Line muffin pan with paper liners.

For the streusel topping, combine the ingredients in a bowl.  Smush the ingredients around with the finger tips but do not over-handle the butter.  Cold butter is necessary for great streusel toppings.  Set this aside while making muffin batter.

For the muffin batter, whisk together the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, salt and baking powder.

Measure the vegetable oil into a large measuring cup.  Whisk in the egg.  Then, add enough milk to make the volume up to 1 cup.  (I used 1 large egg and I used a little more than 1/3 cup of milk.)

Combine the wet mixture with flour mixture; do not over-stir.  Fold in blueberries.

Divide the batter into 12 muffin cups and sprinkle with streusel topping.

Bake for 20 to 25 min. or until the toothpick test comes out clean.

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My comments:

Umm...Thomas Muffins?! Yeah, I know...it's creepy. I mean, "Who Does That?!?!"

Oh wait! I do!! I made Thomas muffins!!!  My son saw these Thomas paper liners at Bulk Barn and I couldn't resist.  It was cheaper than buying the Thomas cake mold or the Thomas pinata.  Plus, I wanted it for myself too.  :P  Hahah!!

When the original baker, who posted this recipe on AllRecipes to be THE To Die for Muffin, she really wasn't kidding. These muffins are SO. Freakin'. Good!!!  They are moist, not too sweet and OMG! the streusel topping is awesome!!  I made my standard modifications to the recipe to make it more toddler friendly. (eg. reduced sugar, increased fiber contents, etc.)  But otherwise, I followed the recipe to the T!

I asked my son to help me make these.  There isn't a whole lot a 2.5-year-old monkey can do.  I prepared everything but I let him fold in the blueberries (which he insisted on eating) and sprinkled on the streusel topping.  It wasn't much but he enjoyed himself tremendously, especially since he got to eat the food he made himself; he was rather proud.

These muffins were really good; I couldn't stop eating them.  This is definitely a keeper recipe and I imagine different variations on the fruits will also give pretty good results.  We have plans to go raspberry picking this week; perhaps I'll make some "James Muffins" next week!!  :P

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Comments

Claire said…
Yum-o! I love streusel topped baking, whether muffins or cake (my current fave is a plum tea cake with streusel topping).

Great idea to theme it like this. I have been coming up dry lately finding fresh ideas for my kids' b-day parties and other seasonal events (thanksgiving, etc). Will definitely have to give these a try!