Weekend Dish: Blueberry & Cream Cheese Muffins

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I love the combination of blueberries and cream cheese, like those decadent (and expensive) scones from Diamond Head Bakery I can’t seem to get enough of.

For a few weeks, I’ve had a package of frozen blueberries in my freezer, just for this purpose. But I never got around to baking anything with them.

Until I found an article I had clipped from a recent Glamour about a cookbook by food writer Jane Hornby. She had just published “Fresh & Easy: What to Cook & How to Cook It” (Phaidon Press, 2012) and the Glamour team was raving about it.

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It was exactly what I needed — and I already had all of the ingredients in my kitchen. (Yes, I actually had unsalted butter!)

No step-by-step photo gallery this time. No need. The recipe is really pretty simple.

Enjoy!

Blueberry & Cream Cheese Muffins
Courtesy of Jane Hornby (“Fresh & Easy: What to Cook & How to Cook It”)

Ingredients:

7 T. unsalted butter
3 T. vegetable oil
1 c. low-fat plain yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
Just under 1 c. of superfine sugar (I used regular sugar)
1/4 tsp. salt
6 oz. blueberries (I used frozen blueberries)
4 oz. cream cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake wrappers.

Melt butter in a medium nonstick pan over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in oil, yogurt, vanilla and eggs. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl, stir in the sugar and salt. Then make a well in the middle.

Pour the yogurt mixture into the flour well. Lightly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a rubber spatula until the mixture has just come together. Pour in the blueberries, working them into the batter with very little stirring. The mixture will be lumpy.

Spoon half the batter into the baking cups. Then add about 1/2 tsp. of cream cheese on top of the batter, then add remaining batter. Add another 1/2 tsp. of cream cheese on the top of each muffin. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack and let cool completely.

Makes 12 to 18 muffins

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4 Responses to “Weekend Dish: Blueberry & Cream Cheese Muffins”

  1. David Jackson February 18, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    Easily one of the great flavor combos, sucker for a good blueberry muffin am I. Been a while since you published a recipe and this one is due for a spin this coming weekend. Thanks for this one.

  2. M February 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Hello Cat,

    Yummy!

  3. Jimmy Nakamine May 12, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Wow your Blueberry and Cream Cheese looks so onooooooooooooo!!!

    I love those “expensive Blueberry Scones” at Diamond Head Market/Bakery and have them every so often and eat there too!

    one in a while I try my best to be a cook but cnat touch my wife who is a really really good cook ala Kobe/American adapted style of cooking.

    Sayonara for now and will be checking in your blog every so often ……read your article about super article about JACIE and what a MOM she is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Makes me think more what I should do more daily not for my self but giving of what I can do to make lives better for us here in Hawaii.

    Sayonara

  4. pools November 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had been conducting a little homework on this.
    And he in fact ordered me dinner due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this subject here on your website.

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