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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Best Blueberry Muffins You'll Ever Have

Picture this: You wake up on a Saturday morning, and a delicious scent is wafting up the stairs. The culprit? Blueberry muffins. With real berries. And crumble. Below, Jennifer from Bake or Break revels how to make this happen...

The Best Blueberry Muffins You'll Ever Have
By Jennifer from Bake or Break

For most of my life, I had zero interest in blueberry muffins. I just wasn't impressed. Then, one glorious day, I realized that I'd only ever had mass-produced or from-a-mix versions. My hope was renewed, and I quickly discovered that a blueberry muffin can be a beautiful thing.

In this coffee-shop age, muffins have undergone a bit of an evolution. They've become less like a muffin and more like a cake. I prefer my muffins to be muffins. Here goes...

Recipe: Blueberry Crumb Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Using a fork, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 to 1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 400°. For crisper edges, grease a standard muffin pan. For softer edges, use liners in each cup instead.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Stir in buttermilk. Add both sugars and mix until combined. Stir in vanilla and lemon zest. Stir in melted butter. Add flour mixture in two to three portions. Mix until there are still streaks of flour remaining. Stir in blueberries, mixing just until combined.

Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into each cup of prepared pan. This should fill each cup almost to the top. Sprinkle tops of each muffin with crumb mixture.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool in pan on wire rack. Enjoy!
Thank you so much, Jennifer! Here's to amazing Saturday mornings in our future.

P.S. More best-of recipes, including chocolate bourbon banana bread and a lazy egg sandwich.

(Photos by Jennifer from Bake or Break; thanks to Shoko for help with this series)


A FANCY DAY said...

So excited to try this. Blueberry Muffins are my favorite! But then again what muffin do I not like.

Joanna Goddard said...

crumble makes everything soooo good.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

I'm running out the door to get blueberries NOW!

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KaReN EiLeeN said...

Never saw a muffin look so delicious.

Dorothee said...

Ha! My son just got a muffin form as as a gift and I have blueberries waiting to be used... perfect moment for this perfect recipe.

Kelli Anderson said...

my husband, jared, craves blueberry muffins on a daily basis! it is non-stop (; i love the "best you'll ever have" recipes!

{Rachelaine} said...

My next Saturday morning is planned. Thanks for the post.

Robyn said...

sooo going to make these this summer!

Barbara The Healthy Nut said...

I know what I'm making for the Admiral this weekend! Mmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Look delicious!

Rosy (of Raindrops on Rosy) said...

well they pretty much look like the best cupcakes ever!

maki said...

i'm starving when i'm lookin' at this pictures!

Alicia Clinton said...

i love this series! every time you post one, i want to make them and every time i make something from it, it really is THE BEST!! thanks for sharing, Joanna! xoxo

MadTronics said...

Today is national blueberry muffin day! I'm assuming you knew that, though :)

Andrea @ Mama in the City said...

I have to say that I really enjoy your 'the best...' posts. Way back you did one on the best spaghetti sauce and I've been whipping it up every time we have pasta. My chef husband loves it and is so happy I've stopped buying jarred sauce (he says they taste horrible to him). Thanks for the inspiration!

hello, Friday said...

Yumm!! I love crumbs! xoxo

Alexa said...

oh boy. why is saturday days away?!

Risse said...

Oh my, muffins. My weakness.

Jaimie said...

mmm, as soon as i saw this, i had to make them! just had one fresh from the oven, and they really are the best muffins ever! so delicious, thank you :)

alongobucco said...

I love blueberry muffins--and the ones with the crumble on top are ALWAYS the best. Thanks for this recipe, can't wait to try it out!


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Kate! said...

I LOVE that Jennifer says to use a fork for mixing...that's what my mom does, and people think I'm crazy when I'm standing in my kitchen whipping up something (hopefully) delicious...with a fork :)

sofia said...

I love this idea and gives me the perfect opportunity to use the fresh blue berries I have at home. I hope that when I give this a try they look as beautiful and taste amazing!

Sarah Carlson said...

Yum! I am a muffin and cupcake addict, and can not wait to try these! Blueberry muffins are always a winner!

Liz said...

Buttermilk, lemon zest, and crumb topping? Blueberry muffins for the win. I love this "best" series!

Tracy Evelyn said...

Jo- just finished making these! So happy with the turnout, they are perfect! Thanks for the recipe!


Stefania said...

yum! made a blueberry crumble last week. these are next!

Stella said...

these muffins look delectable!!!! crumble makes everything taste wonderful! ★


Melissa Blake said...

I just had a blueberry muffin with dinner...perfect for the summer!

Jaime said...

Looks so tasty! Cant wait to try them!

Andrea said...

I LOVE blueberry muffins. Too much. I often make this healthier version (with crumble) and they are really awesome.

Katie Ann said...

Mmmmm:) I grew up on a blueberry farm! So naturally, anything like this has me head over heels. This one would have to be pretty good to pass my grandmother's recipe in order to be the BEST... but we'll give it a whirl. :)


Mariyam ABAG said...

these look delicious :)

I have a punnet of blueberries i need to use up :)

Carla Hobt said...

YUMMY ! Delicious !
Have a look on my blog please'

Mrs. C said...

The crumble on top makes for the perfect muffin!! Yum!!! :)

Lindsay said...

I made these last night, and they were great! They really blossomed in the oven. FYI, I ended up with way too much crumble after pouring all of the batter into the muffin tins. I was tempted to make another half-batch of muffins for it!

Rafael Moss said...

I can't wait to try this!!! Another great recipe find :) if you want more recipes try this Best Recipe Cookbook .

Katrin said...

"Blueberry muffins with real berries". You Americans are funny people ;)

Sarah T. said...

I'll have to try this recipe. My go to Blueberry Muffin recipe is:

Kimber said...

just made the recipe this afternoon and it is so delicious!

Robyn said...

i have just made these this afternoon and they are going to be my new favourite!they turned out soooo well. thank you!

Maria said...

I made these for breakfast this morning, and I think they really ARE the best blueberry muffins I've ever had! The crumble on top really makes them, and they are awesome with coffee!

katie kate. said...

yup--best blueberry muffins i've had and made. my boyfriend's face about fell off when he took a bite.

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

well skip howdy! can't wait to try. I'm tired of my old recipe and this looks like the one to make :)

Shawna said...

I made these on Saturday, I added extra blueberries for fun—they came out soooo good!

cheap gothic victorian dresses said...

WOW!!!Love it!Looks yummy!!!Blueberry is my favorite!!!Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe!! I put a little egg/cream mix on top before i put the crumble on to make it a little more crispy! delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

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city said...

thanks for share.

Just Call Me B said...

have my first batch baking in the oven right now. added a few things though:)

sliced strawberries along with the blueberries and after sprinkling the crumb I added another small pinch of brown sugar for some extra sweetness. gotta offset the healthfulness of the fruit somehow right? ;)

Thanks for such a great recipe!

The Urban Baker said...

This is the first photo I looked at on this beautiful Sunday morning. Gorgeous!!

Carla Friedrich said...

Just made these. Didn't have buttermilk so I used a half water half sour cream. I also only had frozen blueberries so I heated them up a little till they just started to sweat and then took them from the skillet to a bowl and coated them with flour. I did not place them in the mix because they seemed like they would explode. I added them on top of the muffins after they were in the pan. They are so good. REALLY GOOD! Thanks for a great recipe. I made about 1/3 without liners. The ones without really had a great crunch. Can't wait to share with friends and family.

Unknown said...

I found these on Pinterest this week and made them this week on the first day I was feeling better after surgery. They were delicious and looked beautiful too! I did not use liners and this recipe was the perfect way to use up some leftover buttermilk. The crumble takes it over the top. Absolutely delicious. It's so great how simple ingredients can turn into the most fabulous treats. I think it really was the best blueberry muffin I've ever had! Thanks for the recipe and I love your blog!

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