These pretty, delicious cake-like, bakery style blueberry buttermilk muffins are moist and tender with lots of blueberries and a bit of tang from the buttermilk. You can make these with fresh or frozen blueberries.
I can never resist these cake-like, bakery-style, blueberry buttermilk muffins. Wonderfully moist and tender, with plenty of blueberries and that bit of tanginess from the buttermilk make for one delicious muffin.
Ingredients and Substitutions
A few notes on some of the key ingredients …
Blueberries – I always prefer to start blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries when I can. They just bake up so beautifully. That said, you can use frozen blueberries, if you have a stash. If starting with frozen berries, rinse under cold water first, then pat dry between paper towels, so they won’t turn your batter purple :)
Buttermilk – real buttermilk is always best and especially if you can find a higher fat one. Be sure to give the carton a really good shake before pouring out. You can make your own buttermilk substitute with 1/2 cup of whole milk, combined with 1 1/2 tsp of white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir well, then let stand 10 minutes before using.
This is a visual summary of the steps to make these muffins. Always refer to the complete instructions in the Recipe Card below when making the muffins, as not all steps may be illustrated here.
- Don’t skip over the part about bringing the ingredients to room temperature before mixing. Obviously, you’ll want the butter at room temperature, but when you take out the butter, take out the eggs, too and let them sit to come to room temperature, as well. Your batter will thank you and beat up more lovely than ever!
- If starting with cold blueberries, expect the muffins to take a few minutes longer to bake.
- Be sure to test the muffins with a toothpick/tester before removing from the oven. The tester should come out clean.
Storage and Freezing
Store muffins in an airtight container for about 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins
- 2 1/2 cups (315 g) all purpose flour, spooned and levelled
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt, reduce to 1/2 tsp if using salted butter
- 1 cup + 3 Tablespoons (235 g) white granulated sugar
- 5 Tablespoons (70 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil, or other neutral cooking oil
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk, *see Note 1 below
- 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups (300 ml) fresh or frozen blueberries, *see Note 2 below if using frozen blueberries
- 2-3 Tablespoons granulated white or turbinado sugar, for topping before baking (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375F (not fan-assisted) with rack in the centre of the oven. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
- Take your butter and eggs out of the fridge to come to room temperature before you start mixing the batter.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vegetable oil and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the vanilla.
- With mixer on low, add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until combined between additions (so that’s 1/3 of the flour, 1/2 of the buttermilk, another 1/3 of the flour, remaining buttermilk and remaining flour mixture). Remove from mixer and using a spatula, gently fold in the blueberries.
- Using a 1/4 scoop or measuring cup, portion the batter between the 12 muffin cups. If using, sprinkle the tops of the muffins with white or turbinado sugar.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes (for softer muffins that are just lightly golden on edges and white in centre) up to 28 minutes, for a crispier, more golden muffin.
- Let cool in the muffin pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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