Thursday, June 17, 2010

Very Berry Blueberry Muffins

Back when Lily was waking up to nurse multiple times during the night
I came to love the PBS show America's Test Kitchen.
It always happened to be on at the most obscure times...
conveniently when Lily would get hungry!
Sometimes I would find myself nursing her just a little bit longer
to finish watching whatever they were cooking that day.

I remember seeing this recipe for blueberry muffins on the show
and thinking that they looked absolutely delicious!
The unique step in this recipe calls for the blueberries to be cooked and reduced down into a syrup.
It makes for an intense blueberry flavor
and some of the tastiest blueberry muffins I have ever made!

Look at all of that blueberry goodness!

Lemon Sugar Topping

1/3 c. (2 1/3 ounces) sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest from 1 lemon


2 cups (about 10 ounces) fresh blueberries, picked over - be generous! I used more

1 1/8 cups (8 ounces) plus 1 teaspoon sugar

2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1/4 c. vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. For the topping: Stir together sugar and lemon zest in small bowl until combined; set aside.

2. For the muffins: Adust oven rack to the upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray standard muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Bring 1 cup blueberries and 1 teaspoon sugar to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, mashing berries with spoon several times and stirring frequently, until berries have broken down and mixture is thickened and reduced to 1/4 cup, about 6 minutes. Transfer to small bowl and cool to room remperature, 10-15 minutes.

3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in large bowl. Whisk remaining 1 1/8 c. sugar and eggs together in medium bowl until thick and homogeneous, about 45 seconds. Slowly whisk in butter and oil until combined. Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla until combined. Using rubber spatula, fold egg mixture and remaining cup blueberries into flour mixture until just moistened. (Batter will be very lumpy with few spots of dry flour; do not overmix.)

4.Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups (batter should completely fill cups and mound slightly). 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 lemon sugar evenly over muffins.

5. Bake until muffin tops are golden and just firm, 17-19 minutes, rotating muffin tin from front to back halfway through baking time. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes before serving.

To substitute frozen berries. Cook 1 cup as directed in Step 2. Rinse remaining berries under cold water and dry well. In step 3, toss dried berries into flour mixture before adding egg mixture. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Lily was my taste tester - I think she liked them!


Ashley said...

I totally made those muffins a few months ago and posted them on my blog! And they are fantastically delicious.

Cady said...

these look divine! what can you use for a buttermilk substitute? i have all the ingredients and i want to make them now, they look so yummy! i made the cinnamon muffins you posted, and they were delicious! thanks for the great recipes jana! and lily is so cute:)

Heather said...

I love these!! I found them from the show too. You should try their chocolate chip cookies, they really are the best! I am so happy I found your blog.=) Thanks!

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