Jordan Marsh’s Blueberry Muffins Recipe
Maybe you’re wondering, who is Jordan Marsh and why I made his blueberry muffins. Turns out, Jordan Marsh’s blueberry muffins are famous. Very famous, in fact. According to the internet (which I whole heartedly believe, by the way 😉), Jordan Marsh was a fancy New England department store with a flagship store in downtown Boston. That flagship store had a bakery on the top floor that was famous for blueberry muffins. Apparently they were gigantic, addictive, and worthy of making pilgrimages for.
Recently, I was plagued by a mad craving for muffins. Mike and I were on a walk and I had a muffin emergency. The funny thing is, I can’t even remember the last time I ate a muffin. I think it might have been years ago? There are just so many other breakfast-y baked goods in the world. It’s kind of inevitable that muffins get lost in the shuffle. Anyway, we hopped into a random bakery and I couldn’t decide which muffin –so many muffin choices! – to get so I asked Mike what his go-to muffin choice was. He very decisively said, “blueberry.” That made it easier because even though I was craving a muffin, I was worried that it might be misguided. I went with the blueberry because even if I didn’t finish it, at least someone would.
It turns out I didn’t need to worry about who was going to finish the muffin because we ended up fighting over the crumbs. Mike let me have them, since it was my muffin craving that got us into the whole mess. After that one muffin though, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop talking about muffins. And then, it turns out that Mike used to exclusively bake blueberry muffins when he went through a blueberry muffin phase. He practically knew a muffin recipe by heart. Who knew that blueberry muffins had milk in them? I for one, did not.
See, the truth is, before Wednesday, I had never made muffins. I mean, I’ve made corn muffins. And cheese muffins. But never a fruit muffin. So, after a dedicated trip to the grocery store for blueberries, we made muffins. I was determined to make the muffins that Mike made in his youth, so after a quick google search, he determined that they were the Jordan Marsh muffins. And the funny thing is, in my massively long to make list was the Jordan Marsh muffin recipe! It was muffin-to-be!
These blueberry muffins were so dreamy. Cake-y and moist with pockets of blueberry jammy goodness and a crispy sugary top. After we polished off the first batch (we ate four immediately and saved 2 for breakfast) I made another batch the next day. Jordan Marsh, thanks for your muffins!
PS – I couldn’t find our muffin pan but made do with these little tins that I have that turned out to be perfect. To be honest, they kind of work just like a muffin pan but better because they stack. I also played around with using parchment paper instead of regular muffin papers and that worked too. I can’t decide which I like better but it’s nice to know that I can make muffins even if I don’t have the papers.
Jordan Marsh’s Blueberry Muffin Recipe
makes 6 muffins
- 1/4 cup room temp butter
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup blueberries, washed and dried
- coarse sanding sugar, for the tops
via NYT Cooking
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the egg, beating well. Add the vanilla.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder, and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk: flour milk, flour, milk, ending on flour. Fold in the berries.
Line a standard muffin tin with 6 liners, and fill equally with the batter. Sprinkle the sanding sugar over the tops of the muffins, and bake at for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops are golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Remove muffins from tin, cool, and enjoy!