There are three things I have a hard time resisting – my dad’s tapioca pudding, Belgian dark chocolate, and freshly baked blueberry muffins. Muffins are not as easy to get right as one might think. Too dry, too dense, to sugary – these are all problems that one can encounter when trying to bake the perfect muffin. This blueberry muffin recipe however, from The Best Recipe cookbook, makes them just right – light, fluffy, and full of blueberries.
Blueberry Muffins Recipe
If you are using frozen berries, defrost them first, drain the excess liquid, and then coat them in a light dusting of flour.
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 10 Tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/4 stick), softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 1 Tbsp flour (if using defrosted frozen berries)
1 Preheat oven to 375°F with a rack in the lower middle.
2 In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients—the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3 In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together, until fluffy. Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time, beating after each one. Mix in the lemon zest.
4 Add one third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and beat until just incorporated. Mix in one third of the yogurt. Mix in another third of the dry ingredients. Beat in a second third of the yogurt. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients and then the remaining yogurt. Be careful to mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix!
5 Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture.
6 Use standard 12-well muffin tins. Place a muffin liner in each well of the muffin tin, or if you don't have muffin liners, coat the inside of the muffin tin wells with vegetable oil or butter with a pastry brush or with cooking spray. Distribute the dough equally among the cups. Don't be afraid to fill them high.
7 Place in the oven and bake until the muffins are golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Test with a bamboo skewer to make sure the centers of the muffins are done. Let the muffins cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, then remove them from the tin and let sit on a wire rack for 10 more minutes. Serve slightly warm.
Yield: Makes 12-16 muffins.