Believe it or not, I was not a muffin fan as a child. I think that had to do with pure ignorance. My mother would always make the boxed muffins and to me, they just looked meh. Obviously, as I grew so did my willingness to try new things. Once I tried a real muffin, I was hooked for life. To me, a muffin doesn’t have to differ from what makes a cupcake special. Great cupcakes are known to be flavorful, moist, and fluffy. Muffins can and should have these same characteristics.
Fast forward to a few years ago when I shared my first muffin recipe. The muffins from my first recipe are delicious, but they are a little more reminiscent of the boxed muffins in texture and size. This time, I wanted to go big or go home. Let’s pack on the complex flavor. Let’s make it bursting with blueberries. Let’s make them tall and big. Let’s pack on the streusel topping. I took one bite into these bakery style blueberry muffins and the muffin angels were humming in my ears. These muffins are so great and so easy to make.
I have a cheat that I can teach you. It's called "healthy" desserts. See, my brothers always give me a hard time about having to eat certain desserts that I make for my posts all by myself. How do I mitigate their teasing? Well, I put fruit on my dessert. That dessert then technically becomes a "healthy" dessert at that point. So, they can't say much and I feel less guilty. One of my favorites "healthy" desserts to eat is a tart. Some people are daunted at the thought of making tarts, but that's something I've never understood. Tarts are very easy to make and man are they delectable. Normally, tarts are filled with pastry cream. However, I chose to fill this version with lemon curd filling and top it with blueberries and strawberries. Like I said....healthy! Lemon and berries just works. It's a match made in heaven. And man oh man do the angels sing when I take a bite of this healthy dessert.