Friday, September 18, 2009

KING ARTHUR FLOUR CLASSIC BLUEBERRY MUFFINS, adapted

KA classic blueberry muffins A fantastic blueberry season has ended, but my freezer is full of tart-sweet goodness. I think I’ve already found my fave blueberry muffin recipe, but that doesn’t keep me from trying new ones. King Arthur’s website has a recipe for blueberry muffins with rave reviews, but it’s different from the one in King Arthur Baker’s Companion, which is titled Classic Blueberry Muffins. The “classic” recipe has some of the blueberries, mashed, incorporated into the batter. Amazingly, it doesn’t turn the batter blue, it just gives it more of a blueberry flavor.

There is definitely something different about these muffins. My taster friends declared them the best muffins ever – just be aware that I didn’t share any of my fave coconut blueberry muffins with them. While I can’t give these a 10/10 rating, they are right up there with a 9. What they have going for them is a great traditional blueberry flavor and a moist, almost dense but tender crumb that pairs perfectly with the berries. The cinnamon-sugar topping is a nice introduction to the vanilla-berry muffin underneath. Yep, this one’s a keeper. My thanks to Jessica (A Singleton in the Kitchen) for posting this recipe and to King Arthur for giving us yet another winning recipe.

King Arthur Flour Classic Blueberry Muffins
Adapted from A Singleton in the Kitchen

Rating: 9 out of 10
Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 stick (2 oz.) Smart Balance 50/50 butter blend
1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup sugar + 1 Tbsp. Stevia)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, divided use*
2 large eggs
1/2 cup no-sugar added applesauce
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour whisked first, then lightly spooned and swept*
1/2 cup milk (I used fat-free half and half)
cinnamon sugar for the top (3 Tbsp. sugar+ 1 tsp. cinnamon)

*If blueberries are frozen, rinse them with cool water and blot dry with paper towels before adding to batter.

** (I used 1 cup KA white whole wheat flour + 1 cup White Lily all-purpose)

Preheat oven to 425F. In large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and salt. Add 1/2 cup of blueberries and mix on low speed till mashed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add applesauce & vanilla and beat on low speed till incorporated.

Combine baking powder and flour in medium bowl. Add half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture, using a spatula or spoon. Mix in half the milk. Repeat. Carefully stir in berries. Using about a generous 1/4 cup of batter, fill 12 lightly greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. KA classic blueberry muffins (2)

Place muffins in oven and immediately reduce temperature to 350F. Bake 17-20 minutes (mine took 19 min.), or until a tester inserted near center returns with just a few crumbs. Remove muffins from oven and let cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Freeze any muffins that are not eaten the day baked. Nuke frozen muffins about 20 seconds on high, then let them sit in the microwave for about 15 minutes. Yield: 12 muffins

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12 comments:

Debbie said...

I wish we could get big, plump blueberries all year long. Those muffins look so good Judy! So great for a morning breakfast.

Valerina said...

Wow Judy, Those muffins look like they have more blueberries than batter! Just the way a muffin should be. :)

angelinthekitchen said...

Those are beautiful! I keep stumbling across the King Arthur recipes ... I might have to invest in the cookbook!

teresa said...

mmmmm, i can practically smell them now!

Linda said...

Boy... they sure look good.... makes me hungry just looking at them... thanks for a great recipe!

KAF Customer Service said...

Now those look like luscious Blueberry Muffins! Magnificent. Frank @ KAF, baker/blogger.

Janice said...

Is there something special about King Arthur flour or is it just a brand? I've noticed it cropping up in blog posts quite often.

Your muffins look amazing, very yummy.

Kerstin said...

I LOVE how your stuffed them with so many blueberries - yum!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your muffins look so great bursting with berries!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

These looks so scrumptious with those big juicy blueberries and the cinnamon topping! Just perfect!

Sophie said...

Those muffins look so attractive & tasty, Judy!!

MMMMMMM,....

Anastasia said...

yummyyyyyyy muffins !
nice blog,I'll come back :D