Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best blueberry muffins. I’ve tried fussier recipes that call for mashing some of the blueberries into the batter or even swirling homemade blueberry jam into the mix, but there’s no need for all that — this simple recipe tops them all.
As you can see, I use both vanilla and almond extracts — that’s part of what makes these muffins so good. Vanilla is standard, but almond extract adds that unmistakable scent of almond, which complements the berries nicely. For the blueberries, I prefer fresh but if you only have frozen, be sure to stir them into the batter without thawing, otherwise their dark juice will turn the muffins purple.
To begin, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Then whisk to blend.
Next, beat the butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and creamy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Then beat in the vanilla and almond extracts.
Gradually mix in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk.
The batter will be thick.
Add the blueberries.
Using a rubber spatula, fold the berries into the batter.
Spoon the batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners. (It’s important to use the liners, otherwise the blueberries will stick to the bottom of the pan, making the muffins difficult to remove.)
Sprinkle the turbinado sugar over top.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Let the muffins cool in the pan for about ten minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Since they are full of juicy blueberries, they stay moist for days; simply reheat in the microwave or oven to refresh. Enjoy!
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Best Blueberry Muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2-1/4 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar or demerara sugar)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 12 paper muffin liners
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Spray the pan and the liners with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar for about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and almond extract. (The batter may look a little grainy -- that's okay).
- Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, beating on low speed to combine. The batter will be very thick. Add the blueberries to the batter and fold gently with a spatula until evenly distributed. Do not overmix.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin (an ice-cream scoop with a wire scraper works well here); they will be very full. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar evenly on top of the muffins.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until lightly golden. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin to free it from the pan if necessary (the blueberries can stick), then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool completely.
- Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.
- Serving size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 252
- Fat: 9g
- Saturated fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Sugar: 22g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 4g
- Sodium: 224mg
- Cholesterol: 52mg
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