Thursday, September 1, 2016

blueberry muffins

A quick pop-in to say: Eat Muffins!


Specifically, blueberry muffins.

I never had a good blueberry muffin to my name, you know. And then a few weeks back, a friend in the midst of A Blueberry Muffin Search approached me (via the internets) to see if I had a recipe to recommend. I didn’t, but I tossed a bunch of links her way, just so I’d at least appear helpful.


After that, I had blueberry muffins on my mind, so when I spied a blueberry muffin recipe touted to be The Best Ever in another corner of the internets, I paused. The recipe looked too sweet, I thought. Bland, too—no lemon, no whole grains, no streusel, no nothing. Just butter, milk, eggs, the usual, blah-blah, boring. The only unique thing was that the recipe called for a quarter of the blueberries to be mashed before stirring them into the batter. It was supposed to make the muffin stay fresh longer, they said.

Gross, I thought. Wouldn’t the mashed berries turn the muffins gray?

But the muffins in the photo looked yummy (of course). Were they pulling my leg?


Turns out, those New York Times people weren’t lying. Tender and sweet, the muffins could not have been more delicious. With each bite, I felt like pinching myself. How did something this good come from something so simple? Why had I never discovered this recipe before?


The second time around, I tried to improve the recipe with lemon zest and juice...and failed. Because these muffins really are the best.


Blueberry Muffins
Adapted (not at all) from The New York Times, Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins.

½ cup butter
1¼ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup milk
2 cups blueberries
extra sugar, for sprinkling (I used demerara)

Cream together the butter and the sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Gently mix in the dry ingredients. Add the milk. Using a fork, mash ½ cup of the blueberries on a plate and stir them into the batter. Fold in the remaining blueberries.

Spoon the batter into muffin tins (makes about 12). Liberally sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake the muffins at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool completely before running a knife around the edge of each muffin and removing from the tins.

This same time, years previous: way to go, kids, the quotidian (9.1.14), caramelized oatmeal topping, around the house, and dreaming.

10 comments:

  1. I love blueberry muffins, among other flavors, and those do look wonderful. I would have thought the mashed berries would alter the color, too. I'm going to make these! I want to give my newspaper carrier something for giving me an extra Sunday paper when he has one and these would be perfect. Half of them for him, half for me. LOL

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  2. I may try these. I'm so loyal to my blueberry muffin recipe from my Nancy Drew Cookbook, but after 40-something years, I'm ready for something new.

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  3. About to become Breakfast (it's 7:35 here)....thank you! XO

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  4. You gush enough to make me try them. :-)

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  5. Yay! Thank you! Tried your other muffin suggestions and added blueberries. All okay...but I was still holding out hope for "the one".
    Funny thing is I too saw this recipe while searching and passed it by for all the same reasons you did.
    I will give it a try and report back

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  6. I have an old recipe from my aunt that is very similar (the differences in the muffin itself being 1 cup sugar instead of your 1 1/4, and 2 1/2 cups blueberries- the half cup being mashed and the 2 cups whole.) There is no sprinkling of sugar on the top. Instead, they are drizzled after baking with a combination of 1 cup confectioners sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice (a pour-able glaze consistency). (In case you want that hint of lemon with your blueberries)

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  7. Oh shoot. Just put these in the oven and reread the recipe to find that it's actually 5 times as much sugar as I used. I only put in 1/4 cup. waaahhh!! Well I guess we'll have much healthier muffins than I was planning......

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  8. Okay I finally got around to trying these and I do really like them. They are more muffin than cake..but not too healthy tasting. That's a good thing :)
    My family likes them too...come summer,this will be my new go to recipe. I like the lemon glaze idea as well. I will try that next time. Now I am searching for a pumpkin muffin recipe that is delicious but not dessert. I have a really good recipe but it's really just a pumpkin cupcake masquerading as a muffin.

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