My breakfast of choice freshman year in the dining hall was a giant muffin top methodically torn away from the whole muffin. Because this was the 90s and there was no such thing as a muffin top baked alone without the rest of the muffin. I usually ate that with some yogurt or an apple if I was feeling “healthy” if I wasn’t eating breakfast on the way to class with frozen fingertips in the middle of a northern New York winter.
Little did I know that when I started this little site over 10 years ago, I would become such a blueberry muffin addict. I DO know that people aren’t talking about blueberry muffins right now. It’s all about the pumpkin. But you know what? There’s no “right” season for blueberry muffins.
I’ve made probably 4 or 5 other blueberry muffin recipes that we either didn’t love or weren’t different enough to add anything of substance to the site’s recipe index so they never made it to the share stage here.
However, I’ve made these muffins at least a dozen times over the past couple of years since I was introduced to them and each and every time, they turn out wonderfully. Nice, crunchy, coarse sugar-coated, bakery-like domed lids with a slightly sweet and tender cake underneath that is just LOADED with blueberries. The original recipe didn’t call for a sprinkle of sugar across the tops of the batter but I knew they’d be better with than without.
Halfway through my tear of making this recipe over and over, it was updated to include a great big sugar sprinkle and I felt like a muffin trailblazer. Hah! The updated recipe also included more blueberries which probably weren’t needed to improve the muffin but I added extra anyway. And to be honest, I do like the muffins better with a few less berries.
I don’t know. It’s just my thing. You should feel free to add more if you want to. I like a little more cake in my muffins but by no means do the extra berries ruin the muffins.
Not by a long shot! Because, these really are the perfect blueberry muffins and however you make them, I know you will love them. Now, after the double-batch I just finished up yesterday morning, after making and freezing while stocking the freezer back in August, I’m totally ready for more!
Perfect Blueberry Muffins
- Prep Time: 15min
- Cook Time: 25-30min
- Yield: 9 to 12 muffins
While muffin/cupcake liners are always adorable, I find them a giant nuisance when making muffins. The liners will stick to warm muffins and since I like my muffins warmed – either fresh from the pan or tucked under the broiler for a couple minutes when split in half to toast the inside for buttering – I just realized after making this most recent batch that I need to remember to skip the liners next time.
5 tbsp (70 grams) unsalted butter, cold is fine
½ cup (3 ½ oz or 100 g) sugar
Finely grated zest from ½ a lemon
¾ cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1 large egg
1 ½ tsp (7 g) baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp fine sea or table salt
1 ½ cups (195 g) all-purpose flour
¾ cup to 1 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (no need to defrost)
3 tbsp coarse or turbinado (sugar in the raw) sugar
Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease the wells of a 12-well muffin tin with butter or cooking spray (see note above).
Melt butter in a large heatproof bowl in the microwave (it should not be hot) then whisk in the sugar, lemon zest, yogurt, and egg until smooth. Add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk until well-combined. Gently fold in the flour and berries. Doing so at the same time will prevent the berries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins. The batter should be very thick.
Divide the batter between 9 (for larger muffins) or 12 (for smaller muffins) wells. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over the top of each. You’ll think it’s too much but trust me here.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (on the lower end for 12 smaller muffins). Transfer the tin to a wire rack and allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes before removing them and setting them to cool on the rack. Eat while still warm or at room temperature. They will be best on the first day but they freeze beautifully as well.
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
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