This past week like many other Americans, we celebrated our Independence Day with a parade and a picnic. In our little town, the 4th of July parade marches right down the middle of the street in front of our house. Now, I am not a parade aficionado but my father would drive anywhere to see a parade. As a child, I don’t think we ever missed a parade for miles around. And so every year to honor my father’s love of parades, I walk out to the street as our parade passes. I have often told others that if that hometown parade did not come to me, I most likely would not bother to go to it.
Seeing as it passes directly in front of our house, we always invite others to take advantage of our prime location and then stay for a picnic. Our family and friends have a great time. There’s tons of fun; floats, bands, classic cars, kiddos decorating their bikes, politicians and fire engines….. loads of fire engines. When the last police car cruises down the street signaling the end of the parade the fun really begins: our annual picnic in the yard with water balloon fights, a bingo game, races for the kiddos, burnt offerings on the grill and an over abundance of food.
This year was just a bit different. As the last chair was being brought into the backyard from the parade route it started sprinkling. Not anything that would dampen the mood, just a very light summer shower which just about the time my hubby got the grilled filled with burgers and sausages the light sprinkle of rain turned into a torrential downpour. The water balloon fight was getting underway so the kiddos were already soaked, it didn’t even occur to them that there was rain falling. Every towel in my house was used to dry off everyone. Out of 50 people, I think I may have been the only dry person on the 4th.
So now that our guests are gone, and my grandsons, daughter and son-in-law are back in Baltimore we are getting back to normal. This past weekend we took a couple days to get the yard back in shape and all the extra tables and chairs put away in the garage. So now this week, its back to normal….or some form of normal and it’s nice to sit down with a soothing cup of tea and a Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Muffin.
Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
For the crumble topping
- 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Before making the batter, make the crumble topping: whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter or two knives until equally small pieces. Add pecans if desired and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and set aside.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- In another bowl, by hand beat together the oil, milk, eggs and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold together. Do not over mix, there should still be streaks of flour.
- Carefully fold in the pecans till well distributed.
- Use an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin cups filling about 3/4 full.
- Sprinkle top with the crumble mixture.
- Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool in pans for 5 to 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.