Old-Fashioned Blueberry Muffins (1981)

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Old-Fashioned Blueberry Muffins (1981)

For many years Yankee ran a column called “Great New England Cooks”– similar to our current “Best Cook in Town.” The idea was to celebrate talented home chefs with a passion for New England cooking. In August 1981 we featured Betsy Balsley of Wellesley, Massachusetts. The story focused on her affection for local seafood, but it was this simple old-fashioned blueberry-muffin recipe that caught our eye.

Take note — this recipe really is “old-fashioned,” but at our last tasting there were some Yankee staffers that liked it’s dense texture and barely sweet taste (except for the plentiful berries). If you’re looking for a large, fluffy, sweet muffin like the kind you find in today’s bakeries and supermarkets this probably isn’t the muffin for you. Instead, try Best Blueberry Muffins — the updated version of this old-fashioned classic.


Total Time: 30
Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1-3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided, plus extra for tops (see Note)
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup fresh wild blueberries
  • Butter or nonstick vegetable oil spray


Heat oven to 400°. In a medium-size bowl, sift together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center. Combine egg, milk, and oil, and pour into well. Stir quickly, just to moisten; don't overmix. Toss blueberries with 2 tablespoons sugar and stir gently into batter. Fill greased muffin-tin cups two-thirds full. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Additional Notes:

These muffins are barely sweet. If you prefer a sweeter muffin we suggest increasing the amount of sugar in the batter up to at least 1/4 cup rather than the 2 tablespoons listed.

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