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Streusel-Topped Plum Muffins

Living on a fruit farm, I had plenty of fresh ingredients on hand when I found this muffin recipe. Originally, it called for cherries, but my husband and I agree it's delicious made with our homegrown plums. —Betty Timmreck, Eau Claire, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    15 muffins


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh plums
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cream. Fold in plums. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over batter; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 255 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • M Kitty
    Aug 4, 2019

    holy almond extract! I should have known better.. edible, but in no way a keeper or award winning.. t

  • kimspacc
    Sep 21, 2013

    I used a mixture of plums and nectarines, and the muffins were excellent. They were devoured minutes after putting a plate of them out for my family.

  • xicota
    Aug 7, 2013

    I think it would be helpful to add "firm" to the "fresh plums" in the instructions. I purchased plums at a Farmer's Market in my area; the fruit was ripe. I had quite a mess on my hands--juice everywhere when I began cutting the plums. I drained them, even tried to squeeze out more of the juice, as I was afraid that so much would affect the batter. The plums disintegrated when I tried to fold them into the batter. The cake itself was very nice, delicate. I'm undecided whether to make this recipe again; if I do, I may try another fruit.

  • Rockymtn Bloom
    Aug 18, 2012

    Made this using peaches instead -- Yum!

  • pixie9999
    Jan 9, 2012

    We have 3 Italian prune plum trees and these are a fantastic way to use them up. I make them every Fall. Very tender, almost cake-like muffin

  • taylor
    Aug 21, 2011

    No comment left

  • lesbeck
    Jul 7, 2011

    This is the perfect recipe to use with Santa Rosa Plums. The raw batter with the plums does not taste so good, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out how good the muffins tasted right out of the oven.The plums were starting to become over-ripe, so instead of chopping them, I put them in the blender. For the topping, I used pecans instead of the walnuts because I like pecans better. Fabulous, simply fabulous.

  • High_Hopes
    Sep 21, 2010

    Great flavor, super easy! I used milk instead of the cream and they turned out perfect. It's a keeper!