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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Buttermilk-Blueberry Muffins

These blueberry muffins are a little different from most homemade blueberry muffins. This version not only has buttermilk, but it is sweeter and has vanilla extract. It is more like a blueberry muffin you would buy from a bakery or even the little Hostess muffin bites.
If you don't have buttermilk, pour 1/3 cup vinegar or lemon juice into your liquid measure and fill it up the the 1 cup mark with milk. Let stand 5 minutes before using.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 Celsius).
Grease 12 regular size muffin cups OR line with cupcake liners.

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup olive oil or other cooking oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

In a mixing bowl, blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
Set aside.
In another bowl, beat the buttermilk, egg, oil, and vanilla extract.
Pour that mixture into the flour mixture.
Carefully fold in.
When it is well moistened, fold in the berries.
Don't overmix or your muffins will get all pointy in the oven and there is the possibility they could be tough. Also, if you use frozen berries and you mix too much, melting starts and you get purplish swirls throughout the muffins.
Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Each cup will be almost full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they test done when poked with a toothpick.
Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove from pan.

If you have olive oil, I really recommend using it. The muffins are very light.

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