July is National Blueberry Month, and in celebration I made these blueberry coffee cake muffins. These are great for breakfast with a cup of coffee, very moist and not too sweet. After having one of them I was trying to describe what a blueberry tastes like: sweet, slightly tart, somewhat juicy… Now I am thinking about making the muffins again, but with cherries instead. What are you baking this week?
• 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
• 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 8 ounces (about 1 cup) sour cream
• ¼ cup milk
• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt
• 2 half-pints fresh blueberries, picked through for stems
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 16 paper liners in muffin pans.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed. Fold in the blueberries with a spatula and be sure the batter is completely mixed.
4. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup just over the top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a cake tester comes out clean. Makes 16 muffins.