It’s the first day of May, and for me that’s really good news. Why? Well, besides the fact that Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Cinco De Mayo is coming up pretty soon , I’ve always just really, really liked the month of May a lot. My birthday is in September but if I had a choice of when I was born, it would be in the month of May. If I was engaged to be married (which I’m not, nor am I evenly remotely close to being), I would want my anniversary to be in the month of May. If I had any children (I definitely don’t, my 1 year old niece is plenty, k thanks), I would want at least one of them to be born in May. It may be random, but I’m just really fond of May.
So, because May feels like a holiday to me, I decided to put up some random facts and trivia about it:
- May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day.” (Ummm, okay. Never mind about the wedding part I said earlier. Eh, Just kidding, I don’t care about superstitious nursery rhymes.)
- May 11th- Eat What You Want Day (Great ‘holiday’. I personally think that it should ‘celebrated’ every day, but that’s just me.)
- The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month. (Awww, that’s schweet).
- Celebrities I love that were born in the month of May: George Clooney, Emilia Clarke, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Henry Cavill, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Ian McKellen, Jamie Oliver, John C. Reilly, Kim Fields, Dule Hill
See, all that proves that May is just full of all kinds of goodness. What about you guys? Anyone have a birthday in May? How about a wedding anniversary? Any great May stories to share? I’m all ears.
Okay, now onto the food.
True story: I actually didn’t use to like blueberries. I know, right? The heck was the matter with me? I can’t really explain it, but the taste of them just wasn’t my cup of tea, whether it was raw blueberries or the flavor of blueberry baked goods.
Luckily, I got over all that foolishness and found out that blueberries were friggin delicious. They’re even better when made into baked goodies. Those, I just can’t get enough of. Like blueberry muffins; pretty much one of the best snacks, breakfasts and sweets ever, right?
This recipe is another one of the ones that I tried out when I first began cooking for myself. It was huge hit, and I’ve made them several times over the past few years with great results every time. These blueberry muffins aren’t your typical ones either; for one, they’re flavored with lemon zest, which is such a great flavor contrast to the sweetness of blueberries. the best part though, is the crumble streusel topping that’s baked on top. I could eat that stuff all on it’s own. I could also see these muffins made with other types of berries too- raspberry or blackberry would probably be just as good.
Blueberry Crumble Muffins
Recipe Courtesy of Great American Baking
- 2 Cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup low fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, softened
1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. For the muffins, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
3. Place the blueberries in another medium bowl. Sprinkle the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture. Toss to coat the blueberries.
4 . Place eggs in a medium bowl and beat lightly. Add the sour cream, oil, lemon zest and vanilla. Mix well.
5. Pour the sour cream mixture over the flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Gently fold in the coated blueberries. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about half full.
6. For the streusel, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, lemon zest and butter in a small bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle the streusel over the batter in the muffin cups.
7. Bake until lightly golden brown, 15-18 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.