Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Ultimate Blueberry Muffin

Like cookies, there are a bazillion different muffin recipes out there. And, like cookies, some are better than others.

What do you look for in a muffin?

I personally like a muffin that isn't trying to be a cupcake (a la Costco), that isn't too oily, and that has a nice firm, even slightly crisp top. I look for a delicate crumb and simple flavours, a moist texture but one that isn't going to fall apart and crumble to to bits before I get it to my mouth.

This recipe is all these things. Adapted from Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse, I bring you...

The Ultimate Blueberry Muffin

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice; let sit 5 minutes)
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
zest of one lemon or one orange

Cream the butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Whisk together the dry ingredients and add, alternating with buttermilk in 2 or three additions, to the butter mixture. Add zest. Fold in blueberries. Scoop into muffin tins, greased or with papers, and bake at 350F for 25 - 30 minutes. You should get 12 large muffins.

This is a versatile batter. You can replace the blueberries with any berry you want to, or make something like Orange Chocolate Chip, Lemon & White Chocolate Chip, Pineapple Coconut (drain the pineapple very well and pat dry with paper towels). Use your imagination; the sky's the limit!

NB: Nutritional information per muffin is here.

12 comments:

James said...

Looks good. I'll try your recipe during the Summer. Good execution on the dumplings as well.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I like the cupcake-esque muffins! I am so bad, I know, but I love poundcake and to me those muffins are like mini cakes. Without all that icky icing that you get on a bonafide cupcake.

Wandering Coyote said...

James: the dumplings were AMAZING! thanks for stopping by!

JennDZ: I love the costco type of muffins, too, I just don't think they're muffins. And you can tell they're made with lower quality ingredients, but they are a guilty pleasure of mine - when I can get my hands on one!

Jena said...

costco muffins are the WORST!!!

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Cherie said...

I shall try this recipe for your idea of a muffin is identical to mine.

Thanks, WC - they look fantastic!

Donna-FFW said...

They do indeed sound delectable.. will have to try this version, I like that it uses buttermilk and a hint of citrus!

Che76 said...

Hello WC. First things first, you write really well! Nice food blog. Even I, a basic cook, can appreciate the tales of your journey with food. Thanks for giving a little award on your blog about my husband,Van's, culinary creations. I am SO happy that he & JT started their own food blog! Not only does he cook new & interesting things every weekend, but chronicling the process has become one of our routine fun projects together!! (I take the pix while he cooks & I decorate food). Thanks again & I'll see you in cyberspace on the sites.

BTW, Costco has good chocolate cakes! Muffins? Not so sure.

Wandering Coyote said...

Che76: welcome to ReTorte! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! A food blog as a team effort is a wonderful thing, I think. Go for it and have fun!

Van said...

Let me just say the muffins are FANTASTIC!

Wandering Coyote said...

Van: glad they were a hit!

Van said...

They really were. I see some many options for this on!

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