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Blueberry muffins

The Best Blueberry Muffins

June 7, 2015 | 40 comments

The urge of coding always comes once I get out of school. I think it’s the freedom. The freedom of code writing, the freedom of commanding, the freedom of how the resulting website looks. I don’t have to follow anyone else’s styling; I can choose how I wish to do my own. I can make it my own.

By the time I have time to do this, ideas are floating in my head to no end, just waiting to be written into code. And the code —just waiting to become a template.

And for that reason, I have never used a premade template since I experienced the beautifulness of selfhosting (of course, there are times one can do it without selfhosting…).

How to make blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins with recipe

I am extremely giddy and happy with this template, it’s the best looking one (in my opinion) that I’ve made so far! Surprisingly, it is also the one I did in the least amount of time. I guess you start climbing the rope after doing it two other times! Although, I am still trying to improve and fix some errors here and there so please bear with me!

I love blueberries with a passion and these muffins do them justice. So many I’ve tried are bland and dry, making me wish for a handful of dewy berries instead. I mean, a muffin verses fruit? I’ll take the fruuuiiitt 9 times out of 10. You’ve better got some pretty enticing muffins for me to chose it over the fruit.

Muffins

Blueberry muffins recipe

But these? They’re exquisite! The pretty blue and purple berries pop and spill with every mouthful, some syrupy sweet and others pluckery and sour. And then the muffin itself is soft, moist, and so flavorful due to the soft hints of sage! There’s not enough to be overwhelming –but the little bit that’s in there makes this an extraordinary muffin. Oh and the sugar that coats the blueberries floats to the top of the batter, creating a little crust on top that’s absolutely tempting.

Muffins

Blueberries

Ohhh one more thing before I let you get to the recipe. If you didn’t catch it on the new header, I also finally broke down and got some social media accounts. So now you can follow me on:
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Notes

-Sage may seem kinda odd, but I promise, it makes these muffins special!
-The strange order of adding ingredients keeps the gluten from developing too much (which would result in a tough muffin). As a result, these are soft and tender!

The Best Blueberry Muffins
¼ cup butter
5 sage leaves, roughly cut and bruised
1/2 cup milk
half of a lemon
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup oil
2 eggs
¾ cup fresh blueberries
1/3 cup white sugar
½ tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Melt the butter with the sage in a saucepan until nutty and brown. Let cool for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.

Juice the lemon and pour its juice into the milk. Set aside.

Strain the butter mixture and push out as much of the butter as possible without getting bits of sage in the mixture. To the butter, add in the oil.

Mix the brown sugar into the oil and butter mixture, then add the premixed dry ingredients. It will be floury and kinda like pie crust dough without the water. Crack in the two eggs and mix until nearly combined. Add in the milk and mix.

In a separate bow,, combine the blueberries, white sugar, and vanilla. Add it to the batter.

Bake in a preheated oven at 425 F for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 375 and bake for another 10 minutes.

http://www.sprinklewithsalt.com/2015/06/07/the-best-blueberry-muffins/


40 comments...

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  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on

    June 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm says

    Your blog is beautiful – as always. :)

    I always put a lemon/sugar topping on my blueberry muffins but I think I’m going to try yours. They look wonderful!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 9:28 am says

      Thank you! I think we both have something new to try! ;D

      Reply
  2. mira on

    June 8, 2015 at 8:45 am says

    I love this blog design, great job! These muffins are gorgeous! Need to definitely try them, pinning!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 9:28 am says

      Thank you Mira! 😀

      Reply
  3. Harriet Emily on

    June 8, 2015 at 9:34 am says

    Oh yes. Now these definitely look like the best blueberry muffins I’ve ever seen! They’re also my favourite flavour muffin! These sound so delicious. I love your blog too, I adore the design it’s sooo beautiful!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm says

      Thank you! I love how it’s the season for blueberries too, don’t you?

      Reply
  4. Motte on

    June 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm says

    These look great, I am a big blueberry and muffin fan, so that’s a win win scenario right there! :)

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 7:48 pm says

      Hahhaa combine the two and you get the best of both! ;D

      Reply
  5. Coley @ Coley Cooks on

    June 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm says

    I was just looking for a good blueberry muffin recipe, and alas I’ve found it! I live just outside of Hammonton, NJ where they grow they best and most blueberries in the country. We have so many each year, I’m always looking for ways to use them up in yummy treats like this. I’m dying to try it with the sage, I love unusual combinations like that.

    On another note, you’re blog template is beautiful, as is your photography AND writing! I’m so impressed and inspired, thanks for commenting on my site so I was able to find yours. :)

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm says

      Thank you Coley! We always would go blueberry picking, but nobody in my house has the patience for it now! Please tell me how the muffins turn out if you do make them!

      Reply
  6. Sweet and Savoury Pursuits on

    June 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm says

    Hi Anne, you have such a great site here, I’m so impressed that you did the coding for it yourself. I wish I had those skills. These blueberry muffins look so delicious, I find the addition of sage very interesting and look forward to trying it!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm says

      Hahaha the coding itself wasn’t actually that difficult, just time consuming and a bit annoying at times. :/
      I used to not like the strong smell of sage but it’s actually wonderful! 😀

      Reply
  7. Hannah | The Swirling Spoon on

    June 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm says

    So amazed that you create your own templates. Changing my WordPress CSS for the first time was, like, a massive achievement for me hahaha. Baby steps, I guess? These muffins do look delicious with such beautiful risen tops! I can’t ever seem to get mine to do that, even though they end up tasting good. I want puffy tops, dammit!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm says

      I admire you for doing that!!! I can’t figure out how to use the custom css thing so I avoid it like the plague (which is why I make my own templates). I mean, coding css is really fun (and kinda necessary) but that customizing thing grates on my nerves like no else.
      Puffy tops I find are a result of lots of leavening –but not too much! 😀

      Reply
  8. Courtney | Fork to Belly on

    June 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm says

    Hi Anne! Your food styling is gorgeous here as are the blueberry muffins. I can almost smell them through my screen??
    And your site… equally beautiful! I can’t believe you’ve coded it all on your own–you are amazing!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm says

      Thank you! Ug they should invent that! I would love to smell baked goods through my screen… Although, I would be hungry ALL THE TIME which might not be so swell.

      Reply
  9. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron on

    June 9, 2015 at 12:01 am says

    I’m so impressed you coded this yourself! I am so scared to mess with any of that stuff, I’ve messed my site up on more than one occasion :S These muffins look delicious! I haven’t had blueberry muffins in ages, and now I’m craving them!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 10, 2015 at 9:17 pm says

      Hahaha I’ve messed this site up more times than I care to count!
      Thank you! I love blueberry muffins but yeah, they’re not a normal breakfast! :/

      Reply
  10. Sam @ SugarSpunRun on

    June 9, 2015 at 7:06 am says

    Eek, I hate coding, but you are obviously very good at what you do! These muffins also look amazing, love the addition of sage!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm says

      I wouldn’t say that. Thank you Sam 😀

      Reply
    • Anne on

      June 10, 2015 at 9:19 pm says

      Thank you!

      Reply
  11. Beeta @ Mon Petit Four on

    June 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm says

    Wow, Anne! You told me my pictures were amazing, but look at yours! They’re absolutely stunning. Love the bright lighting, makes me feel like its a lovely Sunday morning with these muffins sitting in front of me. Which by the way, the muffins look delectable! Love the big dome tops and the bursts of blueberries…simply gorgeous! So glad I found your site, it’s beautiful <3

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm says

      I think you just described my ideal Sunday morning… Domed tops are amazing; it annoys me when they’re flat.
      Thank you! 😀

      Reply
  12. Eva on

    June 10, 2015 at 2:30 am says

    Tu as déjà une nouvelle fan dans tes comptes : Facebook, Instagram et Pinterest ! Je suis ravie de te suivre 😉
    Tes photos sont sublimes Anne, ton blog est de plus en plus jolie !
    Ces muffins on l’air extra et j’adore les myrtilles !

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm says

      Eva! Tu es vraiment gentile!
      Les myrtilles sont géniales et je l’adore aussi!!

      Reply
  13. Ami@NaiveCookCooks on

    June 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm says

    Love blueberry muffins and these are stunning!! I just had a big lunch but these are making me hungry all over again!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm says

      Thank you!

      Reply
  14. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen on

    June 11, 2015 at 3:26 am says

    These muffins are so beautiful! As is the site design – it’s so clean and fresh!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm says

      Thank you!

      Reply
  15. Katalina @ Peas & Peonies on

    June 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm says

    I dearly and whole heartily love blueberry muffins, they taste amazing, I never skip a chance to enjoy one. I love your photos as well, they just make me want to get up and whip some muffins to enjoy with my morning coffee.

    Reply
    • Anne on

      June 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm says

      Mmmmmm… Along with gazing out on the sunrise next to a beach. 😀
      Thank you Katalina!

      Reply
  16. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen on

    June 13, 2015 at 12:38 am says

    WOW your blog looks amazing! I love it – so impressed that you made it yourself. I have no clue how to code but would love to learn at some point – I can see it would come in handy very frequently with blogging! And a good blueberry muffins is definitely hard to come by, but it looks like you have achieved it here – definitely saving this recipe for later!! x

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    • Anne on

      June 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm says

      Hahahhaa did I learn how to code? Um… No… Let’s just say I’ve messed this site up more than once. 😉
      Thank you!

      Reply
  17. Lan | MoreStomach on

    June 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm says

    the addition of sage is interesting!
    the blueberries here are not yet ripe — we have about a week left before we can pick ’em.

    Reply
    • Lan | MoreStomach on

      June 13, 2015 at 7:23 pm says

      PS. your coding is great! i spent an entire day recently trying to figure it out my space and i finally gave up.

      Reply
      • Anne on

        June 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm says

        Oohhhh yep… I’ve got two blueberry bushes out in the front of my house that are tinnnyyy. Their berries haven’t become ripe yet either. I thought it was a size thing. :/
        What is myspace? I’m dead serious… You’re more ahead than I am!
        Everyone at school’s asking if I have a facebook and all that fancy stuff so I finally got one. And the other two. Let’s just say that it took me basically a week to figure out facebook (even though I wasn’t totally focused, but it still took longer than coding this site!), and not mention the other two… Geez why did they come up with so many???

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          • Anne on

            June 19, 2015 at 8:56 pm says

            Ooops! Sorry! :/

  18. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext on

    June 14, 2015 at 6:06 am says

    Nothing compares to a homemade blueberry muffin! These look divine, so fluffy and delicious!

    Reply

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