YUM! Great texture and taste. I used vegetable oil in place of olive oil because I don't like the olive oil flavor in baking. Other than that, I followed the directions exactly. There was much more cream cheese mix than needed for one batch of muffins so I ended up making two.
I'm shocked at noticing that my review will be the first five-star review for this recipe! Granted, these muffins are moist to the point that they are hard to extract from the muffin tins. Indeed, if that's a concern, maybe bake them a little longer or add a bit more flour? I don't know. I'm not a baker. I added one cup raspberries to the 1 cup blueberries, and I'm glad I did. It was a taste explosion. If I were rating this recipe on appearance, I might go with four stars; they turned out flatter than many muffin recipies I've prepared. Still, if you are looking for taste, throw an extra cup of fruit in the batter and be prepared to be awed. The cream cheese angle is genius. Awesome!
BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup bueberries (wild or regular sized, fresh or frozen but defrosted and drained)
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
If you’re using frozen berries, make sure to let them defrost and drain well before adding them to the muffins.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with paper baking cups.
Make the topping by stirring together all topping ingredients with a fork in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer, mix eggs with electric mixer about 1-2 minutes until thick and frothy. Mix in sugar and oil, beat until creamy. Mix vanilla, vinegar, baking soda, and salt. Mix in sour cream then stir in flour using a wooden spoon. (Batter may be slightly lumpy.) Stir in blueberries.
Make the cream cheese filling: stir (or use a hand mixer) together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Fill muffin cups with about 2 tablespoons of muffin batter. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of cream cheese to the center of each muffin, then top with another 1 tablespoon of batter. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the top of the muffins.
Bake for 15-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin. Cool 5 minutes in pan then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.