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