Saturday, April 7, 2012

Best Ever Blueberry Muffins

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Can you believe it, another month has passed and it is time for another Crazy Cooking Challenge. The Crazy Cooking Challenge is sponsored by Tina from Mom's Crazy Kitchen. This month the challenge is blueberry muffins. This challenge was a little scary for me, because I don't usually make muffins from scratch. Yes, I have made them in the past, but to be honest it has been years and years since I have made a muffin from scratch.

In the past when I have made muffins they have turned out coarse and just plain not good. So I have turned to making muffins from a box, which my family likes. But a challenge is a challenge so I set out to find a recipe that would turn out half way descent for me. I went to Pinterest and started looking at the blueberry muffins, there were many that looked delicious, but when I saw the recipe from A Cook's Quest I knew it would be the recipe I would be baking for the challenge.

The name of the recipe is Best Ever Blueberry Muffins, now how could anything with a name like this turn out  not to be delicious. And I was correct, these muffins were perfectly delicious. I think that part of the secret to why these were so spectacular was that you cook some of the blueberry and made a sauce which was added to the muffins before they were baked. They were not course and dry like the ones that I made in the past, these were light and fluffy. I know that these are on my list to make again and again.

Please check out The Cook's Quest, she has some wonderful recipes on her blog that I am sure you will enjoy. Also thank you Tina from Mom's Crazy Kitchen for hosting this month's challenge once again. I know that it is a lot of work for you.



Best Ever Blueberry Muffins (From ~A Cook's Quest)
Streusel Topping:
3 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
5 tablespoons butter

Combined ingredients and mix until the mixture is the size of peas and set aside.

Muffins:
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 1/8 cups plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Prepare standard muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray or liners. Bring 1 cup blueberries, water, and 1 teaspoon sugar to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, mashing the berries with your potato masher of fork several times and stirring frequently, until berries have broken down and mixture is thickened and reduced by about half. This will take about 6 minutes. Transfer to small bowl and cool to room temperature, 10 to 15 minutes.
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in large bowl. Whisk remaining sugar and eggs together in medium bowl until thick and well combined. Slowly mix in butter and oil until combined. Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla. Using rubber spatula, fold egg mixture spatula, fold egg mixture and remaining cup of blueberries into the flour mixture until just moistened. (Batter will be very lumpy with a few spots of dry flour; do not over mix).
Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups (fill muffin cups about 2/3 full). Spoon teaspoon of cooked berry mixture into center of each mound of batter. Using chopstick or skewer, gently swirl berry filling into batter using figure-eight motion. Sprinkle with streusel evenly or muffins.
Bake until muffins are golden and just firm 17 to 19 minutes. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, before serving.





34 comments:

  1. Look absolutely nice!!! Happy Easter!

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  2. I love your recipes! The photographs, the instructions, the layout... all so easy to understand

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  3. Hey, my recipe is called Best Ever Blueberry Muffins too, but they're completely different :).

    I hope you'll stop by and see my CCC selection.

    ButterYum

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  4. looking good. I am getting a craving for muffins today. I made mine a few weeks ago so I don't have any left. Stopping by from CCC #59

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  5. Your Blueberry muffins look so delicious! Now I'll be craving muffins. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :) Hope to see you again! Happy Easter!

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  6. Great choice, I made this recipe as well. They are "the best!"

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  7. These look delicious, and they must be the best if that is their name!! :)

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  8. I love blueberry muffins! yours looks delicious... I can see why they are named best ever blueberry muffins.

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  9. Oh I love a good blueberry muffin and these look very good.

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  10. They do look and sound pretty amazing!

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  11. i love the topping, and how fantastic are all those muffins posted, love blogging!!!

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  12. Muffins made with buttermilk and oil - they must have been so deliciously moist!

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  13. Oh how I love blueberry muffins! I'm pinning this post~!

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  14. Delish! I hope you had a great Easter!

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  15. I love your recipe!! blueberries are a very big favorite in my house...thanks!!

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  16. Nice blueberry muffins, especially with the streusel on it...would love to have one right now with a cup of coffee :)
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  17. Muffins look lovely and I'm always in the market for a great blueberry muffin recipe!
    Mary x

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  18. I firmly believe buttermilk makes everything better! These do look amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  19. Love the blueberry muffins now all I need is some milk LOL

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  20. YUM! looks so tasty! Delicious & I think I need a dozen of these goodies only for ME! I'm a huge fan of berry muffins! :)

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  21. Looks beautiful...blueberry muffins are my favorite! I love all those muffin photos at the end of the post. Yours is wonderful...streusel topping just takes it all up a notch, doesn't it?

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  22. Muffins with a struesel top are always the best. Yours sound wonderful!

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  23. I love blueberry muffins! These look really packed full of blueberries. Yum!

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  24. Everything's better with a little streusel topping! Yummy muffins!!!

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  25. These look great! Glad to follow you!

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  26. Delicious! I'm have a great time enjoying everyone's blueberry muffins. Yours look sooooo good. I'm at CCC #96.

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  27. I love that you add a blueberry sauce to them! That takes them over the top. Bet they're moist and delicious!

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  28. I have never had a blueberry muffin! In the 50 years I lived in Africa I don't think I even saw a blueberry! I must go out and see what is on the shelves here in France. They look delicious. Diane

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  29. Perfect timing! My Dad just brought me a big bag of blueberries... can't wait to try these!

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  30. I love making muffins, but I've never tried a sauce in my blueberry ones. Way to step outside your comfort zone again, Dawn. These look perfect.

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  31. Those blueberry muffins look amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and leaving your sweet comment!
    xo-Lisa

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  32. I like the sauce in the muffin - I am sure that keeps them moist and flavorful. I am also a sucker for a muffin with a streusel topping. Buttermilk is one of my favorite things to bake with so whenever I see a recipe that includes buttermilk I know I will like it. Great job Dawn!

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