Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

I can’t remember exactly when my family’s obsession with blueberry muffins started, but it’s deeply ingrained in our collective family subconscious. Case in point, my stepdaughter named our two cats Blueberry and Muffin. Here they are. That’s Blueberry in the foreground, and pretty princess Muffin in the background.

Blueberry’s not supposed to be on top of the kitchen table, but I had to take a picture before shooing him off. Isn’t he gorgeous?

Considering the names of our pets, I guess it’s only natural that we love blueberry muffins! The buttermilk really enhances the flavor of these wonderful muffins, giving them a richness and a slight tang that perfectly suits the sweet blueberries. I like to sprinkle the muffins with turbinado sugar on top, so they have a light candy-like shell with a soft and fluffy inside, bursting with berry goodness.

A few quick tips–

1) If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by mixing 1/3 cup of milk and 1 tsp of cider vinegar. Mix well, and let the milk stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes till the buttermilk flavor develops.

2) Don’t overmix the muffin batter! These muffins have a wonderful light texture that can become dense if you mix the batter too much.

3) If you want to make these muffins pareve (dairy free), you can substitute almond, rice, or soy milk for the buttermilk… they’ll still be yummy, but I recommend using buttermilk if you can. It adds a delicious flavor.

4) If you only have access to frozen blueberries, go ahead and use them. Keep them frozen and toss them lightly in a little flour before mixing gently into the batter. Frozen berries can be a bit delicate and may break apart a bit in the batter, turning it a bluish color, but the flavor will still be great. Baking time may be slightly longer due to the frozen berries, so check accordingly.

These muffins are so tasty. They’re just teeming with luscious, juicy berries. Enjoy!

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Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12 oz.) fresh ripe blueberries (or sub frozen - see note)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Turbinado or coarse sugar for dusting

You will also need

  • Muffin/cupcake liners or nonstick cooking spray, regular muffin tin (12 muffin capacity), 2 mixing bowls, whisk
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: 12 standard size muffins
Kosher Key: Dairy
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Pick through the blueberries and discard any over-ripe, very soft or mushy berries. Rinse the blueberries in a colander and drain well. Pat dry with a paper towel. Reserve.
  • In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla.
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry using as few stirs as possible; you want slightly lumpy batter, a few streaks of flour are fine. Do not over-mix.
  • Fold blueberries gently into the batter using as few strokes as possible.
  • Line a standard size muffin tin (12 muffins) with muffin/cupcake liners, or lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Fill each cup all the way to the top with batter. I find the easiest way to do this is by using an ice cream scoop. One generous scoop of batter will fill each muffin cup.
  • When the pan is filled with batter, sprinkle the top of each muffin lightly with turbinado or coarse sugar. This will add some sweet sparkle and texture to the top of each muffin.
  • Bake muffins for 10 minutes. Turn the muffin tin around (180 degrees) and continue to bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until the muffin tops are golden and springy to the touch. Start testing after 5 minutes, and take them out as soon as they turn springy... don't overcook them, or they'll become dry.
  • Let muffins cool for 15 minutes, then gently remove from the tin. Serve. Note: If you only have access to frozen blueberries, go ahead and use them. Just keep them frozen and toss them lightly in a little flour before mixing gently into the batter. Baking time may be longer, so test for springiness to ensure doneness.

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  1. I needed an idea for something to bring to our break-the-fast. These are perfect! Thank you.
    May you have an easy fast and a good year!

    Anita

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    Gorgeous blueberry muffins! I’m crazy about blueberry muffins…really, anything blueberry. These look perfect for a break fast! Wishing you an easy fast.

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    Yummm, I’m pretty sure my family will love these muffins, I’ll bake them for them, they look as beautiful as your cats and tell your stepdaughter that the names are adorably perfect. xo

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    Being a huge cat lover I am wondering what breed Muffin and Blueberry are. Muffin looks like a Ragdoll. We have 3 of them.

    Okay on to the food. These look amazing. I love anything with buttermilk but I rarely have it on hand. It’s hard to find here for some reason. Sometimes they have it, sometimes they don’t. I am a blueberry muffin fan. My fave kind. Hope you are having a great week Tori!

    1. Hey Tori. I thought so. We have 3 now but we’ve had 5 over the years. I love them to pieces. So dog like and loyal. I love their personalities, well except the middle one Spike. He’s kind of a demon spawn! Have a great weekend and congrats on top 9 my dear. So well deserved and did a big “squee” when I saw you there.xx

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    Oh man, these look so yummy. This may be slightly personal, but I’m curious, how does your family fast? Some people don’t eat anything except to drink water and some people fast off certain things meats or sweets. I still haven’t decided how much to fast this Yom Kippur, being in the first trimester with our second. Maybe I will just make a couple batches of these and fast off everything else!

    1. Hi Liz, that’s a great question. The Yom Kippur fast is meant to be a full fast, meaning no food or liquid. However, if you have a special health issue (like pregnancy), you are not required to do a full fast– your health comes first. It’s best to consult with your doctor to see what kind of fast would be best for you, if any at all. If fasting is not recommended, then you might want to just give up something for the day to honor the restriction of Yom Kippur– like sweets, or caffeine. You could ask your rabbi to help you determine what is appropriate. Mazel tov on your pregnancy! What a wonderful way to start the new year. :)

    1. Hi Sam, they should work, but the muffins will be more tart because raspberries have natural tartness. Keep them frozen and toss them in flour before folding them into the batter, and you might want to sprinkle extra turbinado/coarse sugar on top of the muffins to counteract the tartness of the berries.

  6. These would be a hit in our house as well! We love our blueberries! I like the addition of the turbinado sugar as well. And what beautiful cats! So majestic looking. :)

  7. To make a healthier muffin, I used 1/2 of the flour as whole wheat flour and oat bran and walnuts. Of course, I off set that with the buttermilk.

  8. Here in the northeast I don’t see blueberries in the markets this time of year. I’ll save this recipe for next spring when they appear in the stores. For now: is there another fruit you’d recommend or do you think those of us on the “other coast” should try frozen ones?

    1. Hi Alice! Frozen will work fine, just toss them lightly in flour before you add to the batter. You can also use 1 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries, or try cranberries (use 1 1/4 cup of cranberries and extra sugar on top to counteract tartness).

    1. Hey Gabby, yes! Again, they are much tarter than blueberries, so I would use less berries– 1 1/4 cup or so– and sprinkle the top of the muffins generously with sugar, this will counteract the tartness.

  9. Put another tick mark down for someone obsessed with blueberry muffins (and I love the cats names by the way!). There’s just something about a blueberry muffin that’s a bite of perfection every time.

  10. I will surely be trying a cheese fondu soon. And the blueberry muffins as well.
    Your kitty is beautiful, just like our Tony.

    1. Hi Marina– you likely overmixed the batter and/or baked them too long. Even baking a few minutes longer than they need can result in tough muffins. Next time, try testing the muffins a few minutes earlier and take them out as soon as they turn springy to the touch. Also, put a baking tin of water on the bottom rack of the oven with the muffins on the rack above– this will help with the dryness issue. When you’re measuring your flour, don’t pack it down tightly into the measuring cup– stir the flour in the bag with a spoon, then use that spoon to scoop it loosely, spoonful by spoonful, into the measuring cup. Level the flour off with a knife. Packing the flour can cause too much flour to be added to the batter, which will result in drier muffins. If you continue to have the same problem, let me know so I can help you troubleshoot.

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    Very lovely kitties. I can tell that Muffin is a ragdoll. What about Blueberry? (I have a ragdoll myself. What a great breed).

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    These were very tasty.

    I had a few problems though….I used frozen blueberries and that flour trick never works for me. Probably because my batter was very thick and cake-like, so “folding” in blueberries just caused them to crush and turn the muffins blue. Do you think it’s an altitude problem? I live at 3500+ feet above sea level.

    Because the blueberries were frozen, the baking time was about 22 min.

    These still tasted very good and I would attempt these again, tweaking it with fresh berries and a little less flour to see how they fare with my altitude and oven.

    The muffins weren’t dry at all and were the perfect subtle sweetness. Thanks!

    1. Hi Shannon! I don’t think it’s an altitude thing… though altitude can definitely vary the cook time and temp, it shouldn’t affect the berries. Frozen berries are simply more delicate than fresh and will break up more in the batter. They won’t look as nice, but they shouldn’t alter the flavor. I definitely suggest using fresh next time if you can. Glad you enjoyed the flavor of the muffins!

    2. I made these today with fresh blueberries and they were amazing! The batter is still thicker/cakey than what the photos show, but it didn’t matter. My 4 year old picky eater can’t stop eating them!

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    I was hoping to make this recipe in a loaf pan to give as gifts for christmas. Any tips about that at all? I added a cup of chocolate chips to the recipe when I made these muffins and they were so yummy!!

    1. Hi Meaghan, it should work fine in a loaf pan, but baking time may need to be adjusted slightly (test with a toothpick for doneness) and I’m not sure how many loaf pans this recipe will fill. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Tori, these are amazing! Made them for the first time this morning. Did not have vegetable oil, used coconut oil, just carefully melted it in a microwave. Followed everything else. Perfect! The are more like soft scones, than regular muffins, which is a huge plus. Thank you so much for your blog. I very much enjoy your History Kitchen, being a food in history and literature nut myself, I found a lot of inspiration and comfort on your site. :) <3 Looking forward to the Kahluah bread pudding next weekend. :)

  15. Hi there, I made these last week and we loved them. Do you think chopped strawberries would work as well? Maybe a mix of the two? Thanks!

  16. Do you think these would turn out as good with butter instead of oil?? I’m about to whip a batch up and was just wondering if it woul work as well?? Thnks so much

    1. Hi Miranda– generally speaking I don’t ever sub all butter in baked goods, as it produces a dryer result. I like my baked goods to be moist. You could replace 2 tbsp of the oil with 2 tbsp butter if you like, but keep the other 3 tbsp oil to ensure that the result is nice and moist. :)

  17. I haven’t rued it recipe yet, but just wanted to comment that we had a dog named Muffin and I swore if we ever got a second pet while she was with us, it would be named blueberry, just so that I could call to them, “Blueberry, Muffin….where are you?” Sadly she passed away due to old age last year, but I love the names!!

    1. Yes, my stepdaughter Jordan came up with the whole Blueberry Muffin thing… she was naming everything after food at that age! I thought Blueberry was pretty appropriate with those big baby blue eyes. BTW I’m so sorry to hear about your pup. Our little Maltese Momo gave us a health scare recently, he’s 10. We are enjoying every moment we have now that we know he’s not as healthy as he once was.

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    I just made these, I followed the recipe exactly! They are so easy, so fast, & so delicious. Before finishing this post my boyfriend has devoured 2 of them. I used fresh blueberries. Oh, and I used grapeseed oil. Anyway, amazing recipe! Thank you!

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    This is the greatest recipe. I found it when looking for a recipe w/veg oil one day when I was out of butter for my usual recipe. It was a perfect fit since I also love to cook with buttermilk! I am a serious cook with a large family, and we all love the muffins. I might try it with a little lemon and lemon zest and see what happens(love lemons too!) Thank you for your recipe : )

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