Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Yearful of Blueberries: Blueberry-Corn Muffins


Continuing with my series What to Preserve Now, I wanted to remind anyone who hasn't been to a farmers' market recently, that it is blueberry season. Blueberries, with their firm skim and round shape, are ideal for freezing. Give them a quick rinse, lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone pan liner. Leave the pan in the freezer for a few hours or until the blueberries feel like little star-topped marbles. Doing this ensures that you'll have locally grown berries throughout the year, whether for pancakes, soda, or my new favorite muffin. In fact, we just finished up the remainder of last year's berries on this recipe to make room for the new crop.

Blueberry-Corn Muffins
Makes 12

Using corn flour yields a softer muffin than cornmeal. I bought mine from Plapp Family Farms, a local flour grower. Unlike many others, these muffins remained fresh tasting for a few days.

3/4 cup corn flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, mix together the milk, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the dry and wet ingredients alternatively, starting and ending with the dry. Remove from the stand and stir from the bottom of the bowl upwards to ensure that the batters is completely combined. Add blueberries and very gently fold them into the batter. Fill 12 paper or silicone cup lined muffin tins and bake for 18-25 minutes or until a tester comes out dry when poked into a muffin. Cool slightly and serve.

Now say you, what's your favorite blueberry recipe?

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