Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Cinnamon Muffins
Published by Workman
Still-warm muffins spread with sweet butter are one of the very favourite breakfasts in our house. These addictive muffins have a moist, fine crumb, closer to the texture of a cake than most rough-crumbed quick breads, because the batter is a creamed mixture rather than the traditional wet-dry muffin mix. Cake flour also contributes to the velvety texture, making the muffins lighter and more delicate. I strongly urge you to use wild blueberries, rather than the horribly bland cultivated berries so widely available today. The difference in your baking will be stunning!
12 regular or 6 large muffins
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Make Ahead RecipeYes
Mealbreakfast, brunch, snack, tea
Taste and Texturebuttery, fruity, spiced, sweet
Type of Dishbread, muffins, quickbreads
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup cake flour (not self-rising)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup fresh wild blueberries, picked over (or substitute same amount of frozen wild blueberries)
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease 12 regular (½-cup) or 6 large (1-cup) muffin tins or line with paper liners. I find non-stick cooking spray works very well. Combine the cinnamon and sugar for the topping in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, or the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat in the vanilla.
Into a separate bowl, sift both flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the batter in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk in two additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups to about 2/3 full.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes for regular-sized muffins, 25 to 30 minutes for large muffins, or until the tops are golden and spring back when lightly touched and a wooden skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack. Dip the crowns of each muffin first into the cooled melted butter, then into the sugar-cinnamon mixture, then cool right-side up on a wire rack. Serve warm, slathered with sweet butter, or at room temperature. To store, wrap well in plastic wrap. Muffins may be frozen for up to 1 month.
2001 Regan Daley