February 3, 2011

Beautiful Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are quite possibly one of the loveliest creations in the known universe. Seriously, they give fuzzy kittens a run for their money. Chubby babies cast them envious glares. Bouquets of fresh flowers shudder at the thought of them. They all see the pure bliss that is about to divert our attention from their attempts at adorableness and delight. And they are not pleased. That’s why kittens scratch and nip at your hands, why babies spew on your shirt and leave pooey surprises in their little diapers, and why flowers wilt and make your kitchen smell weird. They are all jealous…of a muffin.

There is never, I repeat, never a bad time for a blueberry muffin. Morning, noon, and night, a soft, light muffin is always icing on the cake. Think about it—if a little blueberry muffin angel appeared on your shoulder in a delicate poof at this very moment and offered you a muffin, could you refuse?

My point exactly.

These little beauties are the quintessential breakfast, brunch, tea time, coffee break, any-other-vaguely-plausible-excuse-to-eat-one treat. Combining the density of a well-crafted muffin with oozing fresh blueberries, these things are the perfect balance of fluff and substance—the baking equivalent of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

Which, by the way, is one of my all-time favorite movies.

Beyond their deliciousness properties, these muffins are beautifully simple to put together. I was able to throw them together one morning for a freshly-baked breakfast…and lunch, and snack, and dinner, and dessert. Before making these, you will definitely want to reconcile with yourself the truth that there is no possible way to eat just one. It’s fact of life and a necessary hazard in the land of blueberry muffins.

I came upon the recipe over at Smitten Kitchen. For my version, I substituted half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, just to be a pseudo health nut.


  1. I share your adoration of blueberry muffins. I don't have them regularly, but whenever I come across them, or make them without planning to do so, I'm comforted and find each bite very satifying.

  2. Your post had me laugh out loud! I would have to say, those blueberry muffins look excellent! You take such amazing photos!

  3. Agree, there is always time for a blueberry muffin. Plus blueberries are very healthy:)

  4. You are so right - there is NEVER a bad time for homemade blueberry muffins - I love the pools of blueberry-ness hidden in the crumb. Aren't blueberries a superfood - these must be supermuffins!

  5. @Lady Cooks the Blues: Aren't they the greatest? Blueberry muffins are such a nice treat.

    @Kristen: haha I'm glad to hear it! Thanks!

    @Three-Cookies: Of course! :D

    @Hester: I l-o-v-e using fresh blueberries in just about anything. They're so syrupy and delicious!

  6. there always good time when home made blueberry muffins are around. yours look so good. from all the berries i could say the blueberries are my favorite. thanks for bringing this recipe to my attention.
    hope you find the time to enjoy life between Mozart, English, history and the rest.

  7. These look so yummy.... they're making me yearn for the fresh summer berries to come back soon!!

    I hope you're holding up with all the HW!

  8. yum, these look delicious! I totally agree, it's always the right time for blueberry muffins!

  9. Oh the classic blueberry muffin! It never gets old, and these look to die for!

  10. there truly are few things as lovely as a blueberry muffin....and these are especially lovely....they make me think of spring time and tea parties and all things frilly-licious.....

  11. @A little bit of everything: I agree! Blueberries always put a smile on my face. :D

    @Dana: I can't wait till we get some summer berries! Aren't they the best?!

    @Taz: I think it's a scientific fact. :D

    @sweet road: Thank you!

    @mangiabella: Ooh yes! That does sound lovely.


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