The muffin batter is pretty standard with buttermilk, flour and all the rest. A little lemon zest brightens the flavor and a crunchy pecan-sugar coating makes these babies irresistible. And they're simply chock full of fruit. So they're healthy, right?
For the topping:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. flour
- Grated zest of half a lemon
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
For the muffins:
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups blackberries
Preheat oven to 375F. Line 12 muffin cups with liners or butter them.
To make the topping, mix together the sugar, flour and lemon zest. Add the butter and mix until combined. Mix in the pecans and set aside.
To make the muffins, combine the dry ingredients, including the zest. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the blackberries, trying not to break them. Don't overmix.
Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle the topping over them.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
NOTE: you could very easily substitute other berries in these. Blueberries would be excellent with the lemon zest as would raspberries. Or try a mix of berries!