How Can I Make My Favorite Crunchy-Topped Muffins at Home?

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Q: My school sells these muffins that have crunchy tops and this amazing, fluffy but chewy texture. Every muffin I've ever made is light and cakey, not this unique chewy texture. It's almost brownie-like in its chewiness, but still light, not dense like an actual brownie. Any ideas on how to recreate this muffin?

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Editor: For the crunchy top, try sprinkling the muffins with a little sugar just before putting them in the oven. For the texture...hmmm... That's trickier! Your description reminds me of "doughnut muffins," which adds the liquid and dry ingredients in a few batches to create a uniquely chewy, fluffy textures. Here's my favorite recipe — perhaps you could adapt the technique to recreate your muffin?

Nutmeg Doughnut Muffins from Orangette

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