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Cardamom Crumb Muffins

I heart cardamom – in tea, traditional desserts, or even on it’s own. It occurred to me the other day that I don’t actually bake anything in which cardamom is the main ingredient. I add some to my baked oatmeal, but there it is part of an ensemble and does not shine alone. When I saw Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Allspice Crumb Muffins I decided to adapt it slightly to fit the bill. My cardamom loving self may increase the cardamom next time, but my taste testers liked it as is.

Cardamom Crumb Muffins
1 dozen

Streusel:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
5 tbsp cold unsalted butter

Muffins:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used maple, was out of vanilla!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease it.

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To make the streusel: Dice the butter into small pieces. Add it to the bowl with the other ingredients and mix it in to get ‘crumbs’.

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Haphazard shapes and mini assistants welcome. Refrigerate the streusel. You can make this ahead of time, it keeps for 3 days.

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To make the muffins: Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.Then add the wet ingredients to the dry, stir to blend.

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Don’t overdo it unless tough muffins have some sort of appeal for you 🙂 Just stir till combined, some lumps are perfectly fine.

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Divvy up the batter between the muffin cups, sprinkle streusel over each muffin. I somehow can never use up the entire amount of streusel, yes, I just admitted to not being able to cram in maximum sugar/butter despite my best efforts. Gently press the streusel in and bake for 16-20 minutes until the tops are nice and golden.

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They are very nice warm, but far lovelier if you wait a little and let them come to room temperature. I would know, I had several at each stage!

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