Oh blueberry muffins, how I love you.

You probably won’t be shocked at all to hear that when I decided to make blueberry muffins, the first thing I googled was “starbucks blueberry muffin”. I have a problem with their muffins obviously. I go searching for a copycat recipe every few months and each time I’m shocked that there isn’t one. So I’m working my way through recipes, changing things here and there to see if I can get close to my beloved Starbucks muffin.

This one was pretty close. The taste was right on but it just wasn’t as light and fluffy. I’m thinking maybe cake flour next time? We loved them though and it gets bonus points for only making 8 muffins. I halve just about every recipe I do so it was nice to not have to do any math.

Blueberry Muffins
from AllRecipes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

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I cannot even begin to tell you the awesomeness of this cake. It was seriously the best cake I’ve had in a long, long time.

I pulled this recipe out of a magazine just incase I ever had an abundance of blueberries that needed to get used up. It wasn’t really a recipe that made me super excited but I figured it would be a good enough. After one taste of the batter I knew it was love.

This cake is so soft, sweet but not too sweet, and the turbinado sugar on top gives it the perfect crunch. Oh ya’ll, I wish I hadn’t eaten it all the day I made it because I could really go for some more.

I’m also fascinated by how the blueberries start out on top but end up all along the bottom.

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat well.
  4. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.
  5. Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter blueberries evenly over top and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto plate.
 
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You guys get Cooking Light magazine, right? Please tell me you do. If you don’t, order now. You won’t regret it. So those of you that do get it, did you die a little when you saw the cobbler on the most recent cover? Or was I the only one that happened to? I have been thinking about it since I got my copy of the magazine and today I finally found decent priced blueberries.

The original recipe uses blueberries, blackberries, and peaches but I’m not a big fan of blackberries. I switched to strawberries and I’m so glad I did. The fruit went together perfectly and the topping was biscuit-y and delicious. Now, the sugared almonds? Ehh, I hardly noticed them. This cobbler is just fine without them.

Try this recipe if you’re looking for a good summery dessert. My kid and I went through half the pan after dinner tonight. It’s that good.

Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach Cobbler
Ingredients
For the filling:
  • 1 16-ounce package fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 6-ounce packages fresh blueberries
  • 3 medium peaches peeled and sliced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
  • 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour about 1 cup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon egg white
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. To prepare filling, combine strawberries, blueberries, and peaches in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt over fruit; toss gently to combine.
  3. To prepare topping, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, stirring well. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add half-and-half; gently knead dough just until moistened. Drop dough by spoonfuls evenly over top of filling. Combine almonds, turbinado sugar, and egg white; sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until topping is browned. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
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