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Blueberry Muffins and a Google+ Video

This past week was so crazy. I actually even decided I wasn’t even going to post this week. It was my last week at my job, I recently got laid off. And with the 4th of July smack dab in the middle of the week (which means I ate why too much smoked beef brisket), I was going to give up on blogging for the week.

On Tuesday, I joined Katie and Christine for a chat about blueberries. It was really fun but I noticed my face was a little swollen. Stress? Not enough sleep? Not sure, I kind of ignored it. But my ears were getting itchy and my face too. Okay, you might be thinking TMI right about now. Well, on Thursday, I woke up and my face was splotchy. I started freaking out. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to some kind of food. I was thinking about how many of the blueberry muffins I had eaten (I swear I will not tell) and how much brisket I had eaten on Wednesday.

Food allergy? I was going through the scenarios and was thinking of all of the foods I would hate to be allergic of. All the while, Curtis kept telling me to call the allergy doctor and I promptly ignored him. I have so much to do, it’s the end of the week and I have to pack for a trip. When I told my friend, Naomi, about my puffy face and itchy ears and she said she knew those symptoms all too well and then she promptly said she wouldn’t respond to my emails or texts until I called the doctor. I started googling my symptoms and going crazy and then called the doctor.

So here comes the embarrassing part. After freaking out about the possibility of being allergic to wheat or eggs or even butter (is there such a thing as an allergy to butter), I finally make it to the doctor’s office. I was holding my face while talking to the nurse in the exam room because if I didn’t hold my face, I was going to scratch it off. It was so unbearable. The embarrassing part and good news is that I don’t have a food allergy, I’m allergic to my acne cream! Whew! I have prescription oils and creams to use for the next two weeks and I have to now find sensitive face wash and moisturizers. Please recommend your favorites, I need help!

(In case the video, doesn’t load for you, here’s the link for Katie & Christine’s show.)

Thank you to Katie and Christine for inviting me. Hope you enjoy our little conversation about blueberries and please ignore the puffy face and how I stumble all over myself introducing myself. And all of the recipes we talked about, the links are at the bottom of this post.

Have you ever done a Google+ hangout before? It’s pretty neat and I have used it to video conference with several family members. Pretty cool thing that Katie and Christine are doing, utilizing tools on Google+ to create a video from a hangout. For more info about hangouts, visit Google+. Last week, they did a video on beer and the week before on bacon.

Let’s talk about these blueberry muffins, as I mentioned in the video, I have been wanting to try this recipe for a couple of years ever since I saw it on America’s Test Kitchen on PBS. I love that you make a blueberry jam with half of the blueberries.

Spray your muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or a baking spray, I like Baker’s Joy. Whisk the dry ingredients and when adding the wet ingredients, just fold them in to combine. As the instructions say, the batter will be lumpy and that’s fine. Don’t overmix.

I used my cookie scoop to put the batter in the muffin tins and then you scoop 1 tsp of the blueberry jam into the muffins and swirl them. Add the sugar and lemon zest topping and pop them into the oven.

I let the muffins sit in the muffin tin for a few minutes and then I use a butter knife or offset spatula to remove them halfway, as pictured above, and cool a little bit longer.

Serve them with softened butter and you’re good to go. These are my new go-to blueberry muffin recipe, so good! The lemon zest on top along with the sugar tops off a great muffin recipe!

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Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Total Time: 55 min

Ingredients:

Lemon-Sugar Topping
1/3 cup sugar (2 1/3 ounces)
1 1/2 tsp finely grated zest from 1 lemon

Muffins
Non-stick cooking or baking spray, I used Baker's Joy
2 cups fresh blueberries (about 10 ounces), picked over
1 1/8 cups sugar (8 ounces) plus 1 tsp
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (12 1/2 ounces)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp table salt
2 large eggs
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

FOR THE TOPPING: Combine sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir. Set aside.

FOR THE MUFFINS: If not already done, move oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin tin with baking spray.

Add 1 cup blueberries and 1 teaspoon sugar to a small saucepan at medium heat. Allow to simmer and cook, mash the berries with the back of a spoon until all of the berries are broken down. Stir frequently and cook until mixture is thickened and reduced to about ¼ cup, about 6 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt to a large bowl and whisk.

To another bowl, add 1 1/8 cups sugar and eggs and whisk until thick, about 45 seconds. Whisk in butter and oil slowly, until combined. Then, whisk buttermilk and vanilla in, until combined.

Using rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, fold in egg mixture and remaining cup blueberries into flour mixture until just moistened. (Do not overmix. The batter will be lumpy and that's fine.)

Using an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop, add batter evenly to each of the muffin cups. The muffin cups will be full. Take one teaspoon of the cooled blueberry jam and add to the top of each mound of batter. Using a chopstick or skewer, swirl the jam into the batter a few times. (Cook's Illustrated says to use figure eight motions.)

Add the lemon-sugar topping evenly over all of the muffins.

Bake the muffins until they are just about gold on top, about 17-19 minutes. Halfway through the baking time, be sure to rotate the muffin tin. Allow muffins to cool in the muffin tin for about 2-3 minutes. Using a butter knife or offset spatula, remove the muffins from the tin and allow them to rest at an angle. Cool for another 5 minutes and place on a cooling rack. Serve with softened butter.

These muffins can be stored in a zippered plastic bag for 2-3 days.

From Cook's Illustrated. Must have subscription to view original recipe.


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Fun fact about blueberries I rattled off near the end of the video are from Sunnyridge Farms.

Here are the recipes we mentioned in the video:

Blueberry Hand Pies
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Blueberry Granola Cereal
Coconut Lime Berry Cake
White Chocolate Bark with Blueberries
Blueberry Pancake Oatmeal
Blueberry Slushy with Mango Wine
Triple Berry Kale Salad
Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops
Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie
Blueberry Corn Muffins
Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Bacon BBQ Sauce

Other blueberry recipes:
Blueberry Basil Preserves
Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes
Frost Bite Mocktail

Do you have any blueberry recipe favorites? I would love to hear about them.

48 Responses to “Blueberry Muffins and a Google+ Video”

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    Jen M O — July 7, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    My children were just asking me to make blueberry muffins! I’m sorry to hear about your job. I hope this means a better opportunity will be available real soon! I’m sending you lots of luck!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

      Jen, thank you so much for the kind words!

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    Chris — July 7, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    What a nice video! I met Christine last year – so adorable! Your blueberry muffins look absolutely delicious!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

      Thank you, Chris! I hope you’re doing well and that we get to meet in person soon! :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 7, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    The story about your face…I get that with food allergies and thought for sure you were going to say you are now allergic to blueberries….glad it’s just the cream and you can eat bb’s til your heart is content! Love the muffins!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

      Gosh, I was so scared of that too! Thank you, Averie!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — July 7, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Ooh, these muffins look so amazing!! I’m definatly going to have to try them! Sorry to hear about the puffy face scare… so glad you got it figured out!

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    Aggie — July 7, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    So glad you’re not allergic to blueberries or brisket :)

    These muffins look perfect!

    Thanks for the link love :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 7, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    So happy for you that you’re not allergic to some sort of food! Wouldn’t that be the worst, especially for a food blogger?! Anyway, hope you’re doing well. These muffins are freakishly awesome. Love the jam that goes on top before baking. It’s genius!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

      Oh what a relief for me too! I kept thinking of the worst case scenarios!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 7, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Love the video and I adore these muffins! Look fabulous!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

      Thank you, Brian! You’re so supportive and so sweet!! xoxo

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — July 7, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    So glad you aren’t allergic to blueberries…..I so thought that’s where the story was going. Good thing you’re not! These muffins looks awesome. I’m such a sucker for a great muffin!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      Thank you, Kelley! I didn’t mean to lead you on…I was freaked out for sure though!

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    Aggie — July 7, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Great job on the hangout!!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 7, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Great video! I’m so glad you aren’t allergic to butter or something yummy like blueberries! I can’t wait to try these muffins.

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      Thank you, Milisa, for watching the video! :)

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    Paula- bell'alimento — July 7, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    Julie those muffins look scrumptious an WHEW glad you’re not allergic to butter ; )

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    Meghan — July 7, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    I will have to give these a try.

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — July 7, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    Allergies are the worst! Glad it’s not food. I love these muffins – I’ve made them quite a few times – they’re SO GOOD.

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      You and me both! Hope you’re doing well, Jen!!

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    Julia Noran — July 7, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    That Curtis sounds like a smartie! :-) I am making these muffins IMMEDIATELY.

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      He is, isn’t he? :) Hope you both are doing well!

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    Cassie Laemmli — July 7, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    First, these muffins look absolutely perfect…blueberry muffins are my favorite! And the video is fabulous, I will be chicking in to the Google hangouts!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

      It was so fun to do! We should just do a fun hangout with a few friends sometime!!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — July 8, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I just hate that you were laid off, but I sure love the way you make blueberry muffins!

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    Laura (GotChocolate) — July 8, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    This is awesome, Julie! Loved the video! Glad you aren’t allergic to blueberries.

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    Alejandra — July 9, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    OK so these muffins look incredible! I really want to try this method out. I’ve been blueberry obsessed lately.

    Regarding the skin, I used to love bare minerals face wash (it’s a powder) and moisturizing lotion. But lately I’ve actually just started using 100% jojoba oil or coconut oil to wash my face instead of any kind of face wash. I know it sounds weird to use oil for face washing, but it’s actually fantastic and it’s moisturizing at the same time. Here’s a good description on how it works: http://simplemom.net/oil-cleansing-method/

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 20th, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Alejandra! I want to try this method out on other berry muffins too!

      Thank you for the idea…because you’re the second one who has mentioned coconut oil. Must try it!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 9, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    What a fabulous recipe and I LOVED your video! :)

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    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — July 9, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    These look so yummy, will have to try. :-) Great video!

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    Carolyn — July 9, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Honestly, as you were describing your symptoms, I was thinking about face cream. I had an allergy to one once and it was awful! Love the muffins, though!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 9, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    These muffins look insanely delicious Julie! I’m so glad to hear you don’t have a food allergy. And how awful would it be if there were such a thing as a butter allergy omg. End of the world right there! Have you tried cetaphil? It’s light and good for sensitive skin. Worth a shot, right? :)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 9, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Oh no! So glad you figured out what it was before it got worse.

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — July 9, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    These look DE-licious! LOVED seeing you on the video :)

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    Jeanette — July 9, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    What fun – making a video with a hangout on Google+. Very cool and your blueberry muffins look fantastic!

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    katie — July 10, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Julie thanks for joining our Google+ Hangout! We loved chatting with you! These muffins look to die for–AMAZING! I can’t wait to give them a try.

    p.s. sorry to read about your allergy :(

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    Christine (Cook the Story) — July 11, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Wow! That IS crazy. I didn’t notice any puffiness during our chat. Glad it was resolved! Thanks again for joining us to talk blueberries! So fun. Your muffins look amazing. I do so love that swirl of jam idea. I’m going to be trying it in several baked goods when the weather gets cooler and I get that instinctual urge to bake!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — September 7, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I love a VERY blueberry muffin and yours is just that xoxo

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    Angie — September 11, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    I’m doing the hangout on Halloween goodies next month, can’t wait! These muffins look perfect. Love blueberries.

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    jenny — October 1, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    Delicious and a soft cupcakey texture. I used coconut oil instead of veg oil and a streusel topping, and I couldn’t taste any coconut once baked ;)

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    • Julie Deily replied: October 2nd, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

      Ooh Jenny, so glad you liked them and thanks for the tip on coconut oil!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — July 14, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Oh my gosh Julie, these look so good! I love making jam with half the berries!

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    Mercedes — July 14, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    These look phenomenal! I cannot wait to make them!

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    Tina — July 15, 2013 @ 1:41 am

    So funny that I stumbled upon your recipe. My 4 yr old has been begging for blueberry muffins for about week and a half now. I will definitely be trying this out after our next trip to the produce place!
    I think was holding my breath reading about your puffy, itchy face…I was so nervous for you! Good to hear that it was just your face products. Easily fixed as opposed to a food allergy. anyway, I used to have issues with acne/oily skin. Now I hardly ever “wash” my face; I use a little thing called a Magic Mitt (it’s made by Jane Iredale Cosmetics). It’s great! You need to check it out. But when I do feel like I need a “wash”, I use Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple. And I ALWAYS use jojoba oil to moisturize. Here’s a little info about it, http://www.acne.org/jojoba-oil.html
    These things have really helped me. I hope they are useful to you! Good luck Ü

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 15th, 2013 @ 2:21 am

      If you make them, I hope you enjoy them!!

      thank you for all of your advice, I keep hearing about Jane Iredale Cosmetics being so good. I will definitely look into it! thanks again!! :)

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