Saskatoon Muffins with Crumb Topping

{Oh, Canada. You have really good berries}
I went berry picking the other day, Saskatoon (pronounced, sass-ca-toon) berry picking. I had never heard of a Saskatoon berry, I always thought that Saskatoon was a funny named city in Saskatchewan (pronounced, sa-satch-a-won)... I've learned so much, including how to say these funny names. This was my first time making muffins from scratch, I read lots online about how to do it- I first began my search by looking up recipes for blueberry muffins, since Saskatoon's are close to blueberries. And I landed on one, properly named "To Die For Blueberry Muffins" with over 300 positive reviews on allrecipes.com. I'll take it! Of course, I altered it a tad, and added lemon to my second batch.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup fresh Saskatoon's or blueberries (you can add more)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400F, and line or spray muffin pans. Add flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Measure out veggie oil but don't pour it in the mixture, add the egg to the oil, and then add enough milk to fill the cup (a little more, I found was better, but not much). Mix into flour mixture until well blended, don't over mix! Fold in berries and vanilla. For the lemony ones, just add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest when you mix in the berries. 
This batter will be like glue, so your berries wont sink to the bottom! Genius! Fill each muffin tin to the top. In a seperate bowl, add all the ingredients for the topping and mix with a fork, until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. 

 From my berry picking:


  1. My gosh they look so good! Muffins I think are hard to make just because if you mix to much they get too many air bubbles and if you dont stir enough you get puffs of flour. I always have a hard time making them. Yours looks great!

  2. Loved these muffins! I swapped the vanilla for almond extract. Saskatoons make the best pies if you go picking again. I live in Northern Saskatchewan so I eat these every summer and they are my favorite berries. Thanks again for the great recipe.

  3. Great muffins, they didn't last very long in my house. I substituted the vanilla for almond extract because I like how the flavor compliments Saskatoons. If you go berry pickin again make sure you make Saskatoon Pies, they are the best. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. The correct way to pronoun Saskatchewan is Sask-at-chew-on. Saskatoon's are also pronounced Sask-a-toon.

  5. I have lived in Saskatchewan for over 40 years. The correct way to say Saskatchewan is Sask-at-chew-on. Also, Saskatoon is pronounced Sask-a-toon. You are very right...we do have great berries. These tasty berries only grow in the west. You won't find them east of Manitoba.


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