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Blueberry Muffins

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Yields 12 muffins.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 77

This muffin batter is also delicious with the flavoring variations that follow the recipe. Be sure to add the fruit before the batter is fully mixed to avoid overmixing.

  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray for the pan
  • 1 lb. (3-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 oz. (10 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh (washed, dried, and picked over) or frozen (no need to thaw) blueberries
Tip:
Overfilling the muffin cups gives you those great big bakery-style muffin tops.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil (or spray with cooking spray) the top of a standard 12-cup muffin tin and then line with paper or foil baking cups. (Spraying the pan keeps the muffin tops from sticking to the pan’s surface.)

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, butter, milk, crème fraîche or sour cream, eggs, egg yolk, and zest until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold gently with a rubber spatula just until the dry ingredients are mostly moistened; the batter will be lumpy, and there should still be quite a few streaks of dry flour. Sprinkle the blueberries on the batter and fold them in until just combined. (The batter will still be lumpy; don’t try to smooth it out or you’ll overmix.)

If you have an ice cream scoop with a “sweeper” in it, use it to fill the muffin cups. Otherwise, use two spoons to spoon the batter in, distributing all of the batter evenly. The batter should mound higher than the rim of the cups by about 3/4 inch.

Bake until the muffins are golden brown and spring back lightly when you press the middle, 30 to 35 minutes. (The muffin tops will probably meld together.) Let the muffin tin cool on a rack for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a table knife to separate the tops, and then invert the pan and pop out the muffins.

Variations

Cranberry-Orange Muffins: In place of the lemon zest and blueberries in the batter, add orange zest and chopped fresh cranberries.

Banana-Walnut Muffins: Don’t add any zest to the batter. Instead add 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced ripe banana and 3/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per muffin; Calories (kcal): 410; Fat (g): fat g 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 12; Protein (g): protein g 7; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 54; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 320; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 95; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I have used the recipe from issue 77 many times, but since we've moved I no longer have it. Happily I found it online and made these blueberry muffins today. Just out of the oven, they smell so good. Great texture and flavor, I love these muffins.

These are some of the best blueberry muffins I have had! My only substitution is to use vegetable oil instead of butter, which keeps the muffins moist longer.

This is an excellent batter. It has a very nice consistency and taste to it. I make it once a week for a farmers market I go to and vary the type of berries I use.

I'm not much of a baker but this recipe was awesome! Fool-proof instructions that were very easy to follow. Muffins looked and tasted great!!

I have made these with blueberries, then with cranberries. Both were wonderful - and my family loves them. The recipe made 24 regular muffins - I did not overfill them as recommended in the instructions.

My family thought they were amazing and they were devoured.

I love how the top of the muffins almost caramelize. I did add cinnamon and vanilla to the recipe as well.

I could tell by reading this recipe that it would have great flavor and a nice crumb, but I had a feeling it would be too sweet, and it was. The excess (in my opinion) amount of sugar really takes away from the rest of the recipe, especially if a glaze is added. How much less sugar may be used to retain the great flavor and texture?

Delicious muffins. My family devoured them. I even used frozen blueberries.

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