Zach promised to make blueberry muffins for breakfast this week and today was the day, but this morning August had to jet off to school early and they were still in the oven. She still got to have one, though, and share with some chums at school, because he brought them to her on his way to a catering job. When making muffins, how can you not want to share? Of course these are delicious and you might want to eat a lot for yourself, but sharing is caring.
3 cups of all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries
1 1/4 cups of white sugar
1 cup of milk
8 tbs. of room temperature butter
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
3 tsp. of baking powder
2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
Coarse sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and line two muffin tins with paper muffin cups; spray with non-stick baking spray. In a large bowl, sift flour and baking powder to evenly combine, then set aside.
In a stand mixer bowl, mix butter and white sugar with a paddle attachment starting slow and working up to medium. Cream for about 3 minutes and, while mixing, add the vanilla extract, the egg, and the yolks, each one at a time with about 10 seconds in between so that the butter doesn’t collapse. Continue creaming until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl down occasionally to make sure all is combined thoroughly.
Reduce speed to low. Alternate adding the sifted flour and the milk to the mixing bowl as such: 1/3 of flour, 1/3 of milk, 1/3 of flour, the rest of the milk, 1/3 of flour. Do this quickly because you don’t want to paddle for much longer and overwork the batter. If you don’t think you can do it quickly enough, you may need someone to help you. The longer you mix the batter with flour, the more gluten is produced, which will result in a denser, tougher muffin.
Remove bowl from mixer and gently fold in the blueberries with a spatula. Don’t fold too much because you want to keep the berries whole, otherwise they will break and the muffins won’t look as pretty.
Scoop the batter into the muffin cups with an ice cream scoop so that you can keep the size consistent. Sprinkle the tops generously with coarse sugar. Bake for 26-28 minutes, until very lightly golden.