Freezer to Oven Berry Muffins

From the freezer to the table in under an hour, these muffins are ideal as an easy make-ahead option for a crowd. Freezing them before baking[-instead of reheating after baking-ensures that they'll taste freshly baked, with soft tender insides and hot, gooey berries.]

Yield:
12 muffins
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • Muffins:
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries or diced strawberries
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Directions
  • For the muffins: Line a 12-cup muffin tin with foil muffin cup liners.

  • Toss the berries with 2 tablespoons of the flour in a small bowl. Whisk the remaining flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl until frothy, and then whisk in the milk, melted butter and vanilla. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Stir the batter with a rubber spatula until just combined.

  • For the topping: Combine the flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Either using a fork or your fingers, mix in the butter to form large and medium crumbs.

  • Scoop the batter into the muffin cups, filling just above three-quarters full. Divide the blueberries among the cups. Divide the topping among the muffins, pressing lightly. Freeze until set, about 3 hours. The muffins can be removed to zippered freezer bags at this point and stored for up to 2 months.

  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the muffins in a muffin tin or directly on a baking sheet and bake until they are lightly golden and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

  • These muffins can also be baked immediately. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and bake until lightly golden and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.


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