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Homemade Wild Blueberry Muffins

Tired of the same-old boxed yellow cake pretending to be a blueberry muffin mix? Make it real, make it right with this homemade wild blueberry muffin version you’re sure to love just as much–minus the fake colors and additives.

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Need a little carb boost to get you though a busy schedule ahead? Yes I know that’s not the best way to boost your energy  but still–sometimes a little treat never hurt. Unless you’re me and you have them every doggone day. Let’s solve this with a better-than-average homemade blueberry muffin.

My kids love blueberry muffins from the box. I mean–those babies are classic. I think I ate them every Sunday morning for most of my childhood. And I like them too. But I have to say, I might like these better. Usually homemade blueberry muffins aren’t very blueberryish. (That’s a word, FYI. My word.) They are either bland, dense or dry, and most don’t taste anything like a blueberry.

Enter America’s Test Kitchen’s classic blueberry muffins. I love America’s Test Kitchen food because it tastes good. The bad part? Their recipes tend to have more steps than others. But if you are making these once a month, what’s it going to hurt? Or, make a double batch and freeze them and enjoy them warm in the morning with coffee or spread on some cream cheese for the kids to have before school. They do not disappoint.

Just be aware that you need frozen WILD blueberries for the right flavor.  You can find these in the freezer section of your grocery.(And I’m not going to lie–they aren’t cheap–but the bag is huge and will make several batches of muffins.) If you just buy plain old frozen blueberries and your muffins taste like drywall, it’s not my fault.

Homemade Wild Blueberry Muffins

Tired of the yellow cake mix and blueberry box mix that pretends to be a muffin? Feed your family this easy homemade version and say goodbye to the colors and additives of its store bought cousin. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen WILD blueberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. You can also line the tin with cupcake liners for easier cleanup.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  • In a second bowl, whisk the egg and sugar until thick and combined. Just a few seconds should do it.
  • Add the melted butter to the egg and sugar in two additions mixing well between.
  • Add sour cream to the egg mixture in two additions, mixing well between.
  • Add the blueberries (still frozen) to the flour and toss with your hands to coat.
  • Add the sour cream/egg mixture to the flour and fold together with a rubber spatula.
  • This batter is very thick and some of your blueberries will break as you stir. Just be as gentle as you can and try not to turn it all purple.
  • Some small bits of flour may remain in the batter. Don't overmix it.
  • Spoon into muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  • Optional: after they have cooled five minutes, melt a couple of tablespoons of butter and dip the tops in cinnamon sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal
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Marilyn Kaers

Saturday 14th of November 2020

I have frozen fresh picked from Maine. Do I need to rinse?

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 14th of November 2020

I would have probably rinsed them and dried them well before freezing but I wouldn't bother with it now. Frozen fruit of course leeches a lot of liquid as it thaws so I would probably thought those berries in a calendar or in a strainer and then once the juices have dripped off, I would go ahead and use them in the recipe. --Rachel

Layan

Saturday 20th of June 2020

It’s soo sticky I think you should try adding 1 cup milk. Or oil Layan

Rachel Ballard

Sunday 21st of June 2020

These muffins make a very thick batter--not like what you might expect, but it works out wonderfully. It's meant to be that way and I would caution anyone about adjusting or adding anything to the recipe to change it. --Rachel

Mike Moutoux

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

If you were to use this for blueberry bread, how would you adjust the ingredients, time and temp? I have been using Betty Crocker mixes and they are impossible to find anymore.

Rachel Ballard

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Hey Mike, of course these haven't been tested in a loaf so we'd have to do some guessing but there wouldn't be any need to adjust the ingredients. A 9x5 loaf pan, well greased will be fine and I'd just bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Heat between 350 and 375 so it doesn't brown too quickly (tent with foil if needed) and bake maybe...eh...25 minutes? 30? You'll just have to be the one to test it and see how it goes. --Rachel

Trice

Sunday 29th of March 2020

Good ingredients but I must have done something wrong. They didn’t rise or fluff. They look like scones. Sorry but I will not be using this recipe again for muffins.

Rachel Ballard

Sunday 29th of March 2020

The thing that's interesting about this is that this recipe works just fine--I make it often and there's a YouTube video that shows them working as well. I would guess your baking powder is old. If it's more than 6 months old it loses its ability to rise and you would in fact have hockey pucks. We also have to assume that the batter wasn't mixed and left sitting for a long time because the baking powder would rise and fall before it had time to rise in the oven. --Rachel

Caitlin

Sunday 16th of September 2018

Can you use fresh blueberries instead of frozen?

Caitlin

Monday 17th of September 2018

Thanks Rachel. I actually work at a Farmer's Market, so I have a line on the last fresh wild blueberries of the season. I'm looking forward to seeing how they turn out in the recipe. I'm thinking I will mix everything up first and fold in the blueberries last so that they don't get all squished.

Rachel Ballard

Monday 17th of September 2018

Hi Caitlin, yes you sure can. There are some drawbacks to fresh over frozen in this case. First is that the wild ones have tons more flavor and can only be found frozen. Traditional fresh cultivated blueberries have a very short growing season and often have almost no flavor. Not to mention that right now (late September) fresh blueberries are out of season in most places and if you buy them and put them in this recipe your muffins will have pretty much no flavor. But to answer your question, yes fresh ones can be used instead. --Rachel