Blueberry Muffins - 10/7/04

Blueberry Muffins
This is the ne plus ultra of blueberry muffins, the imaginary blue ribbon winner at the state fair, the top of the blueberry muffin heap. Based on a “famous department store” recipe (remember the Famous Department Store Chocolate Chip Cookies?), this recipe produces meltingly tender muffins, chock-full of berries and gilded with a light cinnamon-sugar topping.

6 Tbs butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 to 2 cups blueberries, either fresh or frozen, wild Maine berries preferred
1 Tbs sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease 12 muffin cups generously; a vegetable oil pan spray works well.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until they’re light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in the milk and vanilla. mixing only until smooth. Quickly stir in the berries.

  3. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 to almost full, using all of the batter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Bake the muffins for 30 minutes, until they’re light golden brown, remove them from the oven, and place the pan on a rack to cool for 10 minutes.

  4. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the edge of one muffin, and try to lift it out of the pan. (These muffins are very tender, and if they don’t cool long enough, they’ll crumble when you try to remove them from the pan.) If the muffin lifts out of the pan without crumbling, remove all of the muffins and cool them completely on a wire rack. If the muffin sticks or the top peels off, allow them to cool an additional 10 minutes, then try again.

Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information provided by the recipe author.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 84.00
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7.00g 10%
Cholesterol 0.00mg 0%
Sodium 179.00mg 7%
Carbohydrates 18.00mg 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.00g 4%
Protein 4.00g 8%
Calcium 95.00mg 9%
Iron 1.00mg 5%

Recipe Type
Bread, Breakfast, Brunch

Source: Culinary Café