I have been on a quest to find the PERFECT blueberry muffin for a long time now. While the other blueberry muffin recipes I have on the site are pretty good, they weren’t THE ONE. I think I can definitively say that this blueberry buttermilk muffin recipe is the BEST I have ever personally made.
It was inspired by this recipe over at Sugar Cooking. (Congrats on the new baby! Can’t wait to see what you post next!) I set out to make this recipe exactly as it was written. Something I NEVER do. That is when I started running into some issues.
My mixer is a Bosch . I LOVE it. I would cry if anything ever happened to it. I use it ALL the time, and I don’t know HOW I got by without it before. I attached my cookie paddles to it and started creaming the butter and sugar. The only “problem” I have with the Bosch, which isn’t really a problem at all, is that it is made for big batches. The cookie paddles pretty much just compressed the sugar and cold butter to the bottom of the mixer. I have never had this issue before. Anyway, I decided to scrape it out of the mixer and just go for a hand mix for these muffins, since that is closer to the traditional muffin method anyway.
So I went through the rest of the recipe, and discovered that because I was starting with cold butter, I was going to have to cut that into the rest of the dry mixture before I added the wet ingredients so I didn’t end up over mixing. See…user error.
By the end of this I wasn’t sure HOW it was all going to turn out. Ends up being the BEST muffins I have ever made. They are light, and tender, with a great crumb. The puff up exceptionally well. I changed a few proportions in the original recipe as well. I used the baking method that is written about at Sally’s Baking Addiction, and my muffins have never been so high or delicious!
So, without further ado…here is the step-by-step, and complete recipe for the Best Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins I have ever made.
Begin these by combining all of the dry ingredients and whisking well to combine. Cut up the butter and using your hands or a pastry blender, combine the dry ingredients with the butter until small pea-sized chunks form.
Next, combine the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Pour slowly into the dry mixture, giving a half stir now and then to make sure it is evenly distributed. Stir just until the flour is moistened and there are no large pockets of flour. This batter is REALLY thick. This is what helps suspend the blueberries in the muffin. Have you ever made muffins and had all the fruit sink to the bottom? Your batter was too thin!
Gently fold in your blueberries. You can also substitute chocolate chips if you’d like. My kids have been begging for chocolate chip muffins, so I divided this batter in half and did half blueberry, and half chocolate chip. Fresh berries are ideal for muffins, but this time I only had frozen, so I coated them lightly with flour to stop the blue streaks in the batter.
Line 24 regular sized muffin cups with liners, and spray with non-stick spray. FILL liners to the top with batter, and sprinkle with coarse sugar or your favorite streusel topping.
Place in a preheated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350. Bake an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the tops are light golden brown and a toothpick comes out with small moist crumbs.
- 3½ cups bread flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1⅓ cup butter, cold & cubed
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs, large
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 1½ cups buttermilk (do NOT sub milk/vinegar/lemon juice mixture!!)
- 3 cups blueberries
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Set aside. Using your hands, crumble in cold cubed butter into the flour until the chunks are the size of small peas. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla well. Slowly pour into dry mixture, and mix with a wooden spoon just until the flour is moistened. Batter will be VERY thick and lumpy.
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter into liners until full, or slightly coming up over the rim. Sprinkle with coarse sugar or streusel topping of your choice.
- Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes at 425, then reduce heat to 350 for 20-30 minutes, or just until the tops are a light golden brown.