July 22, 2013

Double Blueberry Muffins with Citrus-Sugar {& $500 Amazon Gift Card Give-Away!}


Summer is a time when we get to indulge ourselves a little bit. Like ... with ice cream, or trips to the beach, extra time hanging out with friends, lazy days at the pool, or big shopping trips. Some may say that during summer, we get to splurge. The other day, my Mom and I splurged with these Double Blueberry Muffins with Citrus-Sugar. Yes, double blueberry. Two kinds of blueberry make these blueberry muffins extra delicious. And a sprinkling of citrus-sugar on top adds just that much more deliciousness.  The perfect summer berry splurge.

Rather splurge with cash?  Hmmmmm, we might be able to make that happen.  Read on ...


If you prefer to splurge with good ol' cash than with twice-the-blueberries, this may be your lucky day! 'Cause I've teamed up with a group of fabulous bloggers to give one of our lucky readers a $500 Amazon.com gift card for a summer splurge of his or her own!


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Now let's talk Double Blueberry Muffins!


I mean, just look at that scrumptiously inviting ooze of blueberry!  

Oh, but it's not just any blueberry.  It's double blueberry.

Which is achieved by using both fresh blueberries in the muffin batter, and a dollop of blueberry preserves tucked in the muffin center.  Total, total, total yum.


My Mom and I made these together when I was visiting my parents last week.  They had just gone blueberry picking a few days before, so I begged asked Mom if we could make a batch of these muffins with some of their freshly picked haul.

Of course, she said yes.  As I've said before, my Mom is sweet like that.

Now, not only did I get the benefits of cooking with Mom and getting to eat these totally scrumptious muffins, I also got the benefit of being able to take photos while making these muffins with two hands on my camera!  {Oh yes, you food bloggers reading this know what I mean!}  So those are Mom's hands you'll see in the upcoming photos.  {Thanks, Mom!}

After mixing up a buttermilk-based batter with fresh blueberries, fill paper-lined muffin cups about half full.  {The paper-lined part is important with these particular muffins.}


Then make an indentation in the center of the batter, and fill the indentation with a dollop of blueberry preserves.  {We used Smucker's Simply Fruit.}


Then top the blueberry preserves with more batter ...


... and pop 'em in the oven.  While the muffins bake, mix up a citrus-sugar topping with granulated sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest.  It's pretty, isn't it?


As soon as the baked muffins come out of the oven, brush the tops with a little melted butter ...


... and sprinkle them pretty generously with the citrus-sugar.


The citrus-sugar not only looks beautiful, it adds an amazing burst of flavor and wonderful textural crunch to the muffins!  It's soooo good with the double dose of blueberry.



There are no words to describe how much I love these muffins ... so I'll simply say they are the best blueberry muffins I've ever had.    I could gush over them all day long.

So go ahead ... splurge ... and get your dose of double blueberry.  I think you'll be glad you did.

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  Double Blueberry Muffins with Citrus-Sugar
Source:  Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, March 2013, Citrus-Topped Double Blueberry Muffins



Ingredients
Muffins:
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk
  • 6 T. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 c. blueberry preserves (I use Smucker's Simply Fruit)
Citrus-Sugar:
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped orange zest
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest
  • 2 T. granulated sugar
  • 2 T. unsalted butter, melted
Directions
  1. Combine the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl; stir until well blended. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the 6 tablespoons of melted butter, eggs, and buttermilk. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture all at one time. Stir until the flour is just moistened (batter will still be lumpy). Gently fold in the fresh blueberries.
  3. Remove about 1 1/2 cups of the batter to a separate bowl; set aside.
  4. Spoon the batter remaining in the mixing bowl into 14 paper-lined muffin cups, dividing batter evenly among the cups and filling each approximately half full. With a teaspoon, make a small indentation in the center of the batter in each muffin cup; spoon about 2 teaspoons of blueberry preserves into the center of each muffin. Top each muffin with some of the reserved batter, covering the blueberry preserves.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.
  6. While muffins are baking, stir together the orange zest, lemon zest, and remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Set aside.
  7. Upon removing muffins from the oven, immediately brush the tops with a little of the 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with citrus-sugar mixture. Cool muffins in the pan for 15 minutes and then remove to a wire rack. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature.

31 comments:

  1. School books for the semester!

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    1. Love your practicality, Emma! Thank you so much for reading The Kitchen is My Playground, and for entering the give-away. I wish you all the best with school!

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  2. The pictures look awesome and so do the muffins! We did make pretty muffins... didn't we??? And, they tasted soooo good...apparently Dad thought so since they were all gone when we got home...incase you hadn't notice the empty container :)

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    1. Yes, I did notice the empty container {and lack of muffins} ... glad Dad enjoyed them! Had fun baking with you!

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  3. I would splurge on cake & cookie decorating supplies!

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  4. These look delicious! I going to make these for sure. Thank you so much for sharing all your great recipes!

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  5. hhhmmm, A new couch? drapes? cutlery? so many choices....

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  6. These look delicious! Will have to try them! I'd splurge on something just for me...maybe a new bag, something techy, shoes!!!, etc!

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  7. I would use this to get early Christmas shopping done. This would help us out so much!!

    heatherp626@msn.com

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  8. These muffins look amazing! I love a good blueberry muffin recipe. :-)

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  9. Leslie:
    Amazon is my best friend for books and kitchen tools. So convenient.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  10. yummy! I love blueberries, never mind double blueberries....thanks for sharing and the sweepstakes win would be a first for me!
    cmweimann41@yahoo.com

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  11. I would buy school supplies for my grandson

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  12. Kitchen Aid Mixer in a pretty color!

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  13. I would splurge on new kitchen storage.

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  14. Probably books! All cook books!

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  15. I would splurge on a weekend getaway

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  16. It would be a tough decision as to what to get. I want to get a good amount of coconut oil, but I would LOVE a KitchenAid. There's also this wonderful leather bag that I'd like. Not to mention all of the books and what not that I would want too.

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  17. These look delicious, Tracey! Pinning and sharing on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    Isn't this giveaway such a fun giveaway to be a part of? :)

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  18. I would buy some school supplies for my daughter! Your muffins look so yummy!

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  19. First, ingredients to make your double blueberry muffins, but then things to decorate my new apartment I'm moving in to September 1st!

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  20. I would purchase a Kindle Fire HD! BTW~ LOVE blueberry and citrus.

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  21. It's making my mouth water reading about these. I love preserves and reading that they are in the middle of these along with fresh berries sounds so delicious. I found your blog post on Lil Luna Link Party.

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  22. These look insanely good! I just found your blog through the GYOB party and it's terrific!

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  23. Those muffins look delicious! There are so many things that I'd love to get on Amazon .. I'm not sure where I'd start! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  24. I am moving to Texas. So I would use the Amazon GC to stock my new home with supplies:)

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  25. These sound amazing! The blueberry preserves in the center make it over-the-top! And the addition of citrus sugar - genius. Gorgeous looking muffins :)

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