REALLY Good Blueberry Muffins

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2013

really good blueberry muffins

Can you believe that until a few years ago, I absolutely did NOT like blueberries?

No, I’m not a picky eater and yes, I would eat blueberries if you served them to me; I just couldn’t get over the “smushiness” of blueberries — especially cooked blueberries like in a pie or in muffins.

But then I made this recipe for blueberry muffins (per my blueberry-loving husband’s request) and I was hooked. The muffins were so delicious and the smushiness didn’t bother me one bit.

It’s been a few  years now, and although blueberries still aren’t my all-time favorite fruit, I regularly eat blueberries in fruit salad, pancakes, muffins, and many other baked goods.

If you are a blueberry lover — or even just a muffin lover, today’s recipe is definitely one you’ll want to try.

Recipe for Blueberry Muffins:

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Makes 24 regular muffins.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 T. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 c. milk
  • 1 c. melted butter or oil
  • 2 c. blueberries (I always use frozen)
  • coarse sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F
  2. Grease (or line with paper) 24 muffin tins
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt). Set aside.
  4. In another mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients (eggs, milk, and butter or oil)
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients all at once and stir until just moistened
  6. Fold in frozen blueberries — it’s OK if the batter is a little lumpy
  7. Scoop batter into muffin cups until they are almost full
  8. Sprinkle the tops of muffins with coarse sugar (optional)
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until middles are set and tops are golden

A Few Tips and Tricks:

As I mentioned above, these blueberry muffins are our favorite, but this specific time, they seemed EXTRA delicious… and I think it was because of a few minor alterations I made. Not alteration of ingredients, just HOW I mixed things together.

The less mixing, the better:

When I bake, I rarely ever mix the wet and dry ingredients in 2 separate bowls because it’s extra dishes to wash :) However I know that when it comes to muffins and breads, the LESS you mix the wet and dry ingredients together, the fluffier your end results will be. So, I mix the dry ingredients really well in one bowl and the wet ingredients really well in another bowl — then I briefly stir them together with as little “disruption” as possible. The batter is still lumpy but mostly all wet.

Use frozen blueberries:

I could be crazy, but I swear that if I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh, they “bleed” less in the muffin batter and the end results are firmer berries with less runny blue color.

Fill the cups almost ALL the way full:

Almost all recipes I see for muffins say to fill the cups 1/2 to 3/4 full — but that leaves really flat muffins (at least in my opinion). The batter for this recipe is quite thick, so I’ve had REALLy good luck filling the cups almost all the way full — which then creates a lovely high crown on the tops of the muffins. I also dusted the tops of the batter (before I put them in the oven) with some course sugar which added a nice crunch.

I put 12 muffins in the freezer and kept 12 out to eat — and although they still tasted delicious several days later, I will admit that they are the VERY best within the first 24 hours because they still have the crunchy tops. They are still super moist and rich after 24 hours, it’s just a nice bonus to have a crunchy sugary topping.

Oh, and they freeze marvelously.

YUM!!

really good blueberry muffins

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13 comments

  1. Amy

    10/17/2013

    I love Taste of Home’s All-star Muffin Mix. You mix up a big batch of the dry mix to store for later. The recipe give suggestions (and measurements) for add in like blueberry, banana, apple carrot, etc. but the possibilities are endless! Super convienient recipe to have on hand for company or last minute addition to a meal.

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  2. Deb

    10/17/2013

    I always make a Blueberry Streusel coffee cake from an old cookbook from Colorado, it is so yummy.

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  3. Angela

    10/17/2013

    Looks so yummy! In terms of the berries bleeding if you toss them in a small amount of flour (reserved from 4 cups) first they will bleed even less. A tip I learned from a raspberry muffin recipe.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for that tip Angela. I rarely ever bake raspberry muffins because of the bleeding — I’ll have to keep this in mind :)

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  4. Katy

    10/17/2013

    The first time I made blueberry muffins was at a church Youth Group function. We did not read the directions on the mix closely enough and didn’t drain the little can of blueberries that came with it…so our muffins ended up very, very blue. They still tasted great, and now it’s kind of a tradition to leave a little blueberry juice and tint the muffins :)

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  5. Melinda

    10/17/2013

    Filling muffin cups can be a bit messy, but I solved this problem. Now I use my really nice metal scoop to fill them. No more batter on the pan or on the sides of the paper cups, plus all of the muffins come out the same size.

    Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to try it this weekend!

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  6. Sue@housepretty

    10/17/2013

    My go to recipe is a blueberry oatmeal muffin, since that flavor is my husband’s favorite. He is SO not a morning person. I try to have these muffins available in the freezer for him to grab quickly and eat while out and about during his work morning.

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    ann s Reply:

    blueberry oatmeal muffins sound lovely and filling – could you share your recipe?

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  7. Carl

    10/19/2013

    Just made a half batch of these using frozen blueberries. I substituted applesauce for most of the oil (lower fat and still yummy!) and other than the fact that I forgot some of them in the oven and they got a bit overdone, they turned out great! Delicious and easy to whip up after the little one fell asleep. Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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  8. Holly

    10/19/2013

    I just made these, with half frozen blueberries and half leftover fresh strawberries. They’re so tasty. Thanks, I’ve been looking for a good muffin recipe

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yay — glad you liked them — and yum for strawberries too! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Ashley

    09/24/2014

    Can you half this recipe?

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes definitely

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