Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Week of {Blueberries} ~ Blueberry Muffins

Hey friends! I had so much fun yesterday picking blueberries with my pastor's wife, mom, and sister. We used to go every year growing up and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. The beauty of God's creation just astounds me. I was looking around me and thought, "how could anyone doubt the divine Creator?" No one could ever convince me that all this just happened...or evolved. No way!




Psalm 34:8 ~ "O taste and see that the Lord is good..." 





My sister, Cierra


My mama :)

12 pounds of blueberries :)

The blueberries were big, beautiful, and delicious! The weather was perfect for picking and the whole time I was there, I kept thinking about all of the fantastic sweets I was going to make with them. So, of course, I got started right away. First up, blueberry muffins.


Blueberry muffins are one of those things that everyone says they have the best recipe for. I don't have a standard recipe that I use. I always hit google and try a new one whenever I get a craving. However, now I think I finally have it. The BEST blueberry muffin recipe I've ever tried. No kidding. I've tried tons. These are just amazing. I think it has to do with the fact that you make a jam first that you can either put right into the batter or on top when they come out of the oven. These don't even need butter. Delicious!

Homemade jam on top - yum!


These muffins have a very light, moist crumb


Blueberry Jam:

1 cup blueberries
1 cup sugar

Cook on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep from burning. Break up some of the berries to release their juice when stirring. Cook until thickened and reduced to about 1/4-1/2 cup of jam. 

Blueberry Muffins (adapted from here)

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 
1 1/8 cups sugar
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour 
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 425* and spray muffin pan with non-stick spray or line with cupcake liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs until thick and texture is consistent. Slowly whisk in butter and oil until combined. Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla until combined. Fold the egg mixture and blueberries into flour mixture until just combined without over-mixing. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and add 1 teaspoon of the jam into each. With a toothpick, lightly swirl jam into batter. Bake until tops are golden brown and just firm. Cool muffins in tin for 5 minutes before removing. Pour any remaining jam onto tops of muffins while still warm. 

*I left the jam out of some of the muffins to taste the difference. The muffins are good either way but the jam just adds an extra layer of delicious flavor!

We finally have a new oven at our house so be ready for lots of blueberry recipes this week! I'm gonna be making Bluebery Crumb Bars, Blueberry Pie, Blueberry Pie Cupcakes, and Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes. I'm so excited about this week and all of the goodies I'm gonna share with all of you! Stay tuned for these and more!! As always, happy reading and, more importantly, happy cupcake-ing!





22 comments:

  1. These would make a yummy breakfast! I'd love you to share these at my new link party - Breakfast Ideas Mondays - http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/04/breakfast-ideas-mondays-1-new-link-up.html

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    1. I agree! I had one for breakfast this morning with a side of fresh blueberries :)

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  2. Three pretty ladies in a blueberry patch, lovely. These sound great. thank you for sharing

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  3. Yummy! Looks delish!

    I am awarding you the Versatile Blog Award! Stop by and pick it up!

    http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  4. YUM! Blueberries are my favorite fruit, and I love a blueberry muffin. The jam definitely sends it over the top. I would love one for breakfast. Or snack. Or anytime actually :)

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    1. These were fantastic..you definitely need to give them a try!

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  5. Oh so yummy! I love that you made homemade jam to go along with them. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  6. Ohhh I love blueberry muffins, these looks awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

    New follower :)

    Stephanie
    www.chocolatecoveredbuttons.com

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  7. Great blog! I'm your newest follower from the blog hop!
    Briana at http://babblingsandmore.blogspot.com

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  8. Mmmmmm, I love blueberries and muffins and jam, what a perfect recipe for me. lol Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week.

    Can't wait to see what you link up next week.

    Have a great week,
    Michelle

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  9. We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  10. God can certainly be found in a blueberry! Once again your cupcakes look amazing. Thanks for linking up for Flash Blog Friday :-)

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  11. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  12. I love a good blueberry muffin! And I bet they taste so much better when you've picked the blueberries yourself. :)

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  13. I love blueberry muffins! These look yummy! Such a great tutorial! I would love for you to share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" link party.
    http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/04/unveil-your-genius-link-party-8.html

    Happy Sunday!

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  14. WOW!!!! Huge blueberries! Your muffins look fantastic too. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  15. Thank you for linking up to my Unveil Your Genius Linky last week! New link party is live: http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/05/unveil-your-genius-link-party-9.html

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