Bluer Blueberry Muffins

Active Time: 20 MinsTotal Time50 Mins
Yield: 18 Muffins

Blueberry muffins that have even more blueberry flavor? Coming right up. The key to these muffins’ delicious one-two blueberry punch is in freeze-dried blueberries, which are ground into a fine powder and mixed into the muffin batter. For peak muffin success, use a gentle touch in stirring up the batter and don’t overfill the muffin cups.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons freeze-dried blueberries (yields about a scant ¼ cup when ground) 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1large egg
  • 1large egg yolk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 18 standard-sized muffin tin cups with liners.

Step 2

Place the freeze dried blueberries into the bowl of a food processor; pulse until berries are ground into a powder. Whisk together the blueberry powder, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. (Whisk thoroughly) as the freeze dried berry powder has a tendency to clump. Add the blueberries to the flour mixture and toss gently to combine. 

Step 3

Combine the sugar, egg, and egg yolk in a medium mixing bowl; beat vigorously with a whisk until incorporated and pale. While whisking, slowly pour in the melted butter, mixing until incorporated. Gently whisk in the sour cream. 

Step 4

Add the sour cream mixture to the flour mixture; gently fold using a rubber spatula until batter forms and no large pockets of flour remain. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake 25-27 minutes or until the muffins are beginning to brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of muffins tests clean, rotating halfway through baking. 

Step 5

Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool in the pan 5 minutes. Invert muffins onto a clean surface and stand them upright on a wire cooling rack; allow them to cool 15-20 minutes before serving. 

Chef’s Notes

In testing, we used a miniature food processor to grind the blueberries, but you could also place the berries in a plastic zip-top bag, seal, and crush using a heavy, flat-sided object, such as a mallet. 

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