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Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins

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Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins

Homemade Blueberry Muffins that Rival the Coffee Shop

I have a confession to make – I am addicted to my local coffee shop’s drive-through. There’s just something about that quick caffeine and pastry pick-me-up that I find irresistible, especially when my energy starts crashing around 3 p.m. But as my coffee habit has started to take a toll on my budget, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and learn how to recreate some of my favorite bakery treats at home.

I’ve already shared my secrets for bakery-style Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Coffee Cake Muffins, and just-like-Starbucks Lemon Yogurt Cake. Now, I’ve set my sights on perfecting the ultimate blueberry muffin. These bakery-style beauties come out of the oven in just 45 minutes, so you can skip the coffee shop line and enjoy a fresh, hot muffin anytime. And with all the money I’ll be saving, maybe it’s time I treat myself to that fancy espresso machine I’ve been eyeing…

The Secret to Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins

The key to getting that signature bakery muffin texture and taste is all in the technique. First, you want to use melted butter in the batter, which incorporates seamlessly for a super moist crumb. Then, for the irresistible streusel topping, you’ll need to use cold butter. This creates that perfect crumbly texture we all know and love.

Another trick? Don’t overmix the streusel. You want it to stay coarse and chunky, not smooth and dense. Gently fold it into the muffin batter, being careful not to overstir. This will ensure your muffins bake up tall and proud, with those signature bakery-style domed tops.

And when it comes to the blueberries themselves, don’t be afraid to go big. These jumbo muffins are absolutely bursting with juicy, flavorful blueberries in every bite. Feel free to swap in other fresh or frozen fruit, like raspberries, chopped peaches, or apple chunks, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Perfecting the Blueberry Muffin Batter

Of course, the batter is just as important as the toppings when it comes to creating bakery-worthy blueberry muffins. I like to use a combination of all-purpose flour and just a touch of cake flour for the perfect tender crumb. And don’t forget to add a splash of vanilla extract – it enhances all the other flavors beautifully.

The key to getting those sky-high muffin tops is to avoid overmixing the batter. Just gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together until they’re just combined. Overmixing develops gluten, which can lead to dense, tough muffins.

Oh, and one more pro tip? Fill those muffin cups all the way to the top. This helps the batter rise up and create those signature bakery-style domes. My team and I have found that using a jumbo muffin tin is the best way to achieve those bakery-sized beauties, but you can also use a standard 12-count muffin pan and adjust the baking time accordingly.

Bake Like a Bakery

Now that you know all the secrets to bakery-style blueberry muffins, it’s time to get baking! Preheat your oven to 400°F and grease your muffin tin of choice. Mix up the batter, spoon it into the cups, and then top each one with a generous sprinkling of that irresistible streusel.

Bake for 5 minutes at 400°F, then reduce the heat to 375°F and continue baking for another 15-18 minutes, until the muffins are golden brown on top. You’ll know they’re done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Once they’ve had a chance to cool for a few minutes, it’s time to dig in! Serve these bakery-style beauties warm, with a swipe of butter or a drizzle of honey if you’re feeling indulgent. And don’t be surprised if your family and friends start requesting these muffins on a regular basis – they’re that good.

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