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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old Fashioned Blueberry Muffins

Here's a really nice recipe for blueberry muffins. I found it years ago in Bon Appetit magazine. There's a bit of orange zest in it that gives it some added flavor. You can use fresh, frozen or dried blueberries.

Old Fashioned Blueberry Muffins
Yield 10-12 muffins

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1-1/2 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs at room temp*
2 cups flour (I like to use some whole wheat too.)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup blueberries

* It's a good idea to bring eggs to room temp before you bake. Cold eggs don't seem to incorporate into the batter as well. For this recipe, you are adding the eggs to warm ingredients, so it is important that the eggs not be cold. If you don't have time to let your eggs sit for a bit, just put them in a bowl of very warm water for about a minute.

Preheat oven to 400-F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Cut the cube of butter into 3 or 4 pieces. (It melts faster that way.) Combine with milk, orange zest and vanilla in a heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat until butter melts. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.

Beat in the eggs with a spoon.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add milk mixture and stir just until blended. Fold in the blueberries.

Fill muffin cups almost all the way (I like to use a large ice cream scoop). Bake for ~20 min. or until golden and top bounces back when touched or toothpick comes out clean. Transfer muffins to a rack to cool.

Happy Baking!


  1. We love your recipes, so thanks for sharing. I just wanted to let you now that I have given you the Versatile Blogger Award.


    1. Wow, thank you so much, Tara! I'm glad you enjoy my recipes and thank you kindly for bestowing me with an award!!

  2. These look delicious Michael Ann. I'm finding it helpful to have muffins around instead of dessert, so I'm going to make some of these. Thanks for the great recipes!

  3. I love blueberry muffins! The blueberries I have been buying have been great, maybe I should make these muffins with them :)

  4. Yum! Thanks for the tip about the eggs. I never knew that.

  5. I love blueberry muffins and almost always put a bit of orange or lemon zest in the batter- citrus goes so well with the berries.

  6. Love a good Blueberry Muffin! Gonna have to try this out.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing these! My husband will LOVE them! :)

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  8. i love that you can see whole blueberries! yum! thank you for linking to foodie friday! Not Your Ordinary Agent
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  9. There is nothing better than a blueberry muffin and a cup of coffee....I think these will go on my "to do" list. YUMMM-O!!

  10. Yummy...I can almost smell these baking!

  11. Mmmm. I love blueberry muffins. Why have I never thought to put orange vest in them though? What an easy way to give them a little pick me up!

  12. Nothing better than starting the day with a freshly baked muffin! These blueberry ones look great! :)

  13. These blueberry muffins look wonderful! YUM. We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you will come back next Saturday and share another recipe! -The Sisters

  14. Michael Ann, to me, blueberry muffins are comfort food! I love them! Add a cup of coffee and I'm in heaven! I will definitely try this recipe! :)

    1. I'm with you, Bella! And I know how much you love your coffee! You and I definitely have that in common :-)

  15. Now THIS is what I'm talking about! I was looking at the lemon foods and saw this and went YES!!! How do you get those big sugar sprinkle things on top so they stay on top and not fall off before they hit your mouth?

    Oh and the banana cake? YUM!

    1. Hi Sharon. I didn't put any sugar on top of these muffins, but I often do on others. The raw sugar works great. Just sprinkle it on before baking, then they bake in and don't fall off :-)

      Oh yes, the banana cake is killer!

  16. Just stopped by to say hello and see what you have been cooking and I am inspired! I have some blueberries so will try out your recipe. That lemon cale looks divine as well :)


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