TwD: Baking (Not) Buttermilk Crumb Muffins with Julia

Can you believe it’s November? This stealthy month started without warning, and I was caught off guard about making this week’s TwD: Baking with Julia assignment, buttermilk crumb muffins. Because these muffins were last minute, I only made half the recipe and resorted to making them vegan as well. Instead of buttermilk, I used an almond milk and white vinegar mixture. In place of the egg, I used 1/4 cup of pureed silken tofu. And, I experimented with the baking by using my Wilton silicone baking cups instead of a muffin tin.

Overall, the muffins were pretty decent tasting. The spices and brown sugar made me think I was going to bite into bits of apple, and I’ve always been a fan of delicious crumb topping, which was made with vegetable shortening instead of butter, surprisingly. The only (slight) downside to this recipe was that the muffin itself was so crumbly, it fell to pieces after one bite. I’m not sure if it was because of my substitutions or because of the original recipe’s intention.

As for the Wilton baking cups, the jury’s still out on them. It’s nice not to have to use a clunky muffin pan. But, the cups seem smaller than the average muffin tin wells. I had a lot of spillage during the baking process despite taking care to only fill them two-thirds of the way full. To find this recipe for buttermilk crumb muffins, head over to this week’s host, Alisa of easier than pie. It also happens to be her birthday, so let’s all wish Alisa a happy birthday!

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 05:58:29

    I always like a vegan version. They look really good! The original recipe makes an open crumb, but mine didnยดt fall apart. Nice muffins!

  2. Norma Chang
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 06:32:01

    I know what you mean. Looked at the calendar this morning only to realize Thanksgiving is only 2+ weeks away. The crumbling could be due to the egg tofu substitute.

  3. Eileen
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 06:34:59

    Hmm…mine didn’t crumble. It could have been b/c of the substitutions. Props to you for turning this vegan, though!

  4. Ronda
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 06:54:54

    I hate a crumbly muffin! Maybe it was the almond milk? That crumb topping looks mighty tasty!

  5. Cher
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 07:05:40

    I like your vegan version.

  6. baker in disguise
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 07:11:24

    Haha.. go read my post… my post begins with the exact same words as yours!!! where the hell did 2012 go?? silken tofu!! thats interesting!!! i found the muffins okay-ish!! yours look just like the book!!

  7. kitchen flavours
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 07:49:20

    I love the look of the crumb topping! Silken tofu! Very interesting!

  8. Jenn and Seth
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 08:49:14

    such a creative way to vegan-ize the muffin, looks delicious!

  9. Food,Photography & France
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 09:48:26

    They look good to me. I just couldn’t go through all that vegan stuff to find out what they taste like, but as far as looks go – they’re top:)

  10. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 10:14:27

    They certainly look wonderful. I didn’t know tofu could replace eggs in a recipe?

  11. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 11:21:32

    one – i can’t believe that it is november either. secondly, i agree with you – i am not a big fan of crumbly muffins either! but i like the almond milk substitute.

  12. Choc Chip Uru
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 12:42:07

    Your muffins look awesome great muffin top too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. SandraM
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 14:27:31

    Your muffins look great. Not sure why crumbly. It could be the substitutions, but seems like they were not out of the ordinary for substitutions. My first batch was a little dry, but that was because I baked them for too long.

  14. Cindy Harris
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 14:35:03

    They look beautiful. My muffins resemble the Grand Canyon! Sad day in my kitchen.

  15. TrafficDiva
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 14:48:27

    Well..sounds like you had a bit of a time there but the outcome sure does LOOK as if you made them effortlessly!! Will you make a “FULL FAT” version for me?!?!?! =)

  16. Ckay
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 15:44:57

    Your vegan version sounds really interesting and looks delicious.
    I made many changes to the recipe as well and it turned out fine… must have been my lucky day.
    In advance I thank you for visiting me, ’cause you always do, ’cause you’re my number one on the “Top Commenters”… Thank you โ™ฅ

  17. cooking varieties
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 16:41:39

    hi dear, i like the almond substitute, would be fun to try this out. good for you that all was ok, despite the few substitutes. have a nice day.

  18. Betty
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 16:41:59

    I love muffins with a crumb topping- these look yummy! Like you, I’m wondering how it got to be November. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. rebecca
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 16:45:19

    they look great and vegan too cool

  20. Juliana
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 16:50:24

    Yes, time seems to fly…and I do not see anything wrong with this muffin…it sure looks pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great week!

  21. Liz
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 17:27:13

    Your look great, but crumbly isn’t so great! I’ve been debating some silicone muffin cups…I’ll wait on some further reviews before purchasing ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Jodi
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 17:53:54

    Your muffins look delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. hotlyspiced
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 18:37:19

    Those muffins look quite unusual. Love the crumby top xx

  24. spicegirlfla
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 18:39:22

    They sure do look good! I’ve not had a muffin in a long time! I like how you used almond milk and the vinegar to subsitute for buttermilk. It’s a good tip to keep in mind as I don’t always have buttermilk on hand.

  25. The Squishy Monster
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 18:53:02

    How I love a streusal topping—looks like something I could dig into with a tall glass of almond milk!!

  26. terraamericana
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 20:00:02

    I can not wait to try your recipe. I wish I had thought of the vinegar and tofu!

  27. Healthy cooking blog
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 20:58:08

    Healthy and very appealing muffins

  28. Elaine
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 23:06:15

    They look really pretty and sound interesting. Glad you liked the vegan version. I have a set of silicone muffin cups, but have not used them. Sounds like they might take some getting used to.

  29. Baking is my Zen
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 00:04:14

    Delicious shot of your muffins.Kudos to you for revamping the muffin to your likes. I’ve yet to try almond milk. Love almonds. I’m sure I’d like it.

    I voted too, despite not having power from storm SANDY. It wasn’t going to get in my way of voting. Tonight, the power came back after eight nights without it. Life is good. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  30. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 00:15:39

    I didn’t even realized that it’s November until I had to pay for the preschool tuition! Time is passing by way too quickly! Your muffins look delicious, and nice closeup shot!

  31. Promenade Claire
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 07:35:07

    I’m loving your experiments with vegan baking! I must try using silken tofu sometime instead of eggs to see what I think of it – thank you

  32. smarkies
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 08:21:53

    I like your vegan baking variations. Well done on the delicious muffins!

  33. atasteofmadess
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 08:49:35

    I love how everyone is so surprised it’s November. I can barely believe it too,
    This looks fantastic! I can’t believe I haven’t made muffins in such a long time!

  34. andi
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 12:34:35

    Hello, I love baking with buttermilk, so I will have to try these, but I will use buttermilk. They look very tasty. Glad they came out good for you with the substiutions you used, I wouldn’t have any luck…….. Andi

  35. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 13:43:00

    The egg would normally help hold the muffins together and make them fluffier. I know this from (accidentally) having left the egg out of a (usually perfect) recipe myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your muffins are very pretty–reminded me of your wonderful apple muffins!

  36. jora
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 15:03:47

    I’m impressed by your vegan adaptations. My muffins weren’t crumbly at all, so maybe your changes did contribute?

  37. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 15:20:29

    Well they look fantastic! Maybe you could eat them in a bowl with a fork or spoon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. Geraldine Saucier
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 18:05:14

    The muffins look wonderful. I need to look up the recipe. I would like to make these for Thanksgiving Eve. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Cathleen
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 18:30:47

    From the picture, your muffins look delicious!

  40. Balvinder
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 20:39:18

    These vegan muffins are something to try.

  41. cquek
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 22:40:36

    Canโ€™t wait to try it.

  42. Tandy
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 01:03:19

    I am also not convinced about my silicone muffin cups and only use them when I am feeling a bit lazy ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. kitchen therapy
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 03:29:20

    Your muffins look great!
    I’ve never been tempted by the muffin cups cos I have a tendency to overfill and will be spending a lot of time cleaning.

  44. Zen and Genki
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 10:24:34

    Love crumb-topped everything….but sweets are the best. Looks delicious, my friend!

  45. Daniela
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 12:12:10

    What a great picture. Can’t wait to try them!

  46. Beth
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 13:42:51

    Crumbly or not, they look terrific!

  47. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 22:48:10

    These look ridiculously delicious!

  48. Jessica
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 23:44:20

    these look delicious! using substitutes can definitely be tricky!


  49. muppy
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 00:26:20

    these look mouthwatering, i shouldnt look at blogs when i’m hungry!

  50. eatinglikeahorse
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 00:50:57

    This month did sneak up – and now it’s less than seven weeks till Christmas, eek!
    These look fab, the topping looks so good, and happy birthday to Alisa!

  51. Mary
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 05:18:13

    I love that you’ve made these vegan – they look delicious, that crumb topping is begging to be eaten! I don’t mind a crumbly muffin ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mary x

  52. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 16:55:27

    PERFECT muffin top. I know the year has flown by and what’s worse is i feel like I have little to show for all the work I put in to 2012. ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. guineapigfood
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 18:26:11

    Good for you to make substitutions! I’m always so chicken to try stuff like that – i’m not always shy about playing around with the quantities, but the ingredients themselves make me nervous for some reason!

  54. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 21:34:44

    Muffins are one of my favorite things. I think I have at least 35 different muffin recipes – but I haven’t made ones like these. I’ll have to fix that!

    Nov 11, 2012 @ 17:24:10

    Wow, love that you made your muffins veganโ€ฆthey look delicious!!

  56. Audrey Allure
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:13:56

    Looks delicious!

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