April 29, 2010

A Blueberry Muffin Fixation

Sometimes I think I have a fixation on blueberry muffins. Whenever I am going through the quick bread and muffin section of any cookbook, I seem to always bookmark the blueberry muffins to try. It could be the big burst of blueberry goodness that happens when you bit into a freshly baked muffin… or possibly because My Mom made them every time I had a sleepover at our house? I’m thinking it’s the latter… but, mostly because she would make them mini muffins and all of us girls would sit down with the tub of butter and slather each little tiny muffin in it before gobbling them up in no time at all.


While My Mom made lots of things from scratch, these muffins were of the boxed variety. Something yummy she could easily get going in the morning before we would decide that we had to actually get up and get moving after a late night of girl-talk and laughter. The smell of the muffins would always make us more willing to get up and greet the day. Those were very good times all those years ago. We are all going to spending a weekend together very soon and I am so looking forward to reliving some old memories and creating new ones with each one of them!

When one of my girlfriends came out to visit after My Oldest was born, I decided to make the muffins we remembered. Unfortunately, I was sleep-deprived having a 2 month old in the house and forgot a couple of ingredients. Oops! Needless to say, I did manage redeem my cooking abilities with other meals I made while she was visiting. At least I can laugh at it now – it’s only 8 years later!

So, after the boxed mix fiasco and getting past a couple years straight of less sleep than anyone should have to suffer through, I started baking and cooking… and searching for recipes again. I’ve made many different recipes for blueberry muffins and some come out better than others. This time, I went with a recipe from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook.

These muffins were delicious, but I think the estimate of 12 muffins was a bit off… or my muffin tin was smaller than the assumed “standard” size. They have a moist, yet dense crumb and are worth splurging on a few extra calories to enjoy with a pat of butter. My Oldest and I have been nibbling on them throughout the week for breakfast or a late day snack.




Blueberry Muffins
Source:  The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (for sprinkling) sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted & cooled slightly
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups blueberries, lightly coated with flour (frozen work well if fresh are not available)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper muffin cups.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, making a well in the center.  Stir in the liquid ingredients until just combined, being careful not to overmix.  Batter may be lumpy.  Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full.  Lightly sprinkle with the reserved tablespoon of sugar.  Bake for 20-22 minutes until lightly golden or a cake tester inserted into the center of muffin comes out with moist crumbs attached.  Do not overbake.



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6 comments:

Sarah Caron said...

I adore blueberry muffins! These look so moist and perfect. I am going to make them this weekend (tomorrow, if I have blueberries in the freeze *fingers crossed*).

Sook said...

Blueberry muffins are my favorite!! Looks good!

steph said...

I just downloaded that cookbook on my iPad. I will check it out. We love blueberry muffins - our cat Marmalade especially loves them. She sits next to the oven waiting on them to come out so she can eat one!

Jamie said...

I have a love for blueberry muffins too. And I like trying different recipes. Thanks for sharing. Now I have another one to try!

Deborah said...

I think I just have a muffin fixation!! So I'm sure I'd love these!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Love them here too. I used my last bag of blueberries not too long ago and can't wait to go pick them again!

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