On a recent lazy morning, with a Costco pack of blueberries burning a holes in my thoughts I needed a recipe astat, something reliable and perfect to cradle these perfect blue berries. There was no time to do a long and detailed search, I cut out the middle man and went straight to my stand-by. Deb had already located the perfect blueberry muffin recipe and even better, she had read my mind and had already halved the recipe and altered the recipe into a one bowl operation. I will attempt to make almost any muffin in one bowl because it works just as well, there is less clean up and you don't need to clear out quite as much space on the crowded counter top. Saving time and reducing the amount of time necessary to wait for gooey blueberries in cushions of perfect muffin batter. Once again, Deb came to the rescue. We quickly had enough muffins to feed four summer morning loungers a lovely summer breakfast. We smeared the muffins with some fresh butter and ate the rest of the blueberries by the handful.Perfect Blueberry Muffins adapted from my-go-to Smitten Kitchen who halved the recipe from Cook's Illustrated
Makes 9 to 10 standard muffins
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, don't defrost)
1. Preheat oven to 374 degrees fahrenheit. Line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners or grease the pan well with nonstick spray.
2. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer or by hand with a rubber spatula until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well, then yogurt and zest.
3. Sprinkle flour over the batter, sprinkle with baking powder and baking soda. Stir the dry ingredients around a bit before evenly stirring them into the wet ingredients. Mix just until the flour disappears then gently fold in your blueberries. (The dough will the quite thick.)
4. Fill your muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until tops are golden.