This recipe is based on one from Edward Espe Brown’s Tassajara Cookbook. It’s so easy and makes the best blueberry muffins. The trick is not to over-mix the batter. I have used all whole wheat pastry flour here, as it reacts very much like all purpose flour, but if you want a lighter muffin, you can substitute half the of the whole wheat pastry flour with all purpose flour. As is the case with all sweet things, it’s best to eat in moderation.
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Sift the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar and lemon zest.
- Beat the bananas, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter.
- Fold the banana mixture into the flour ingredients, with just 10-12 quick strokes of a spatula. The batter will be lumpy and streaked with dry flour, but it is essential not to over-mix the batter for a tender muffin.
- Carefully fold in ¾ of the blueberries with another 4-5 strokes. By this time the batter will mixed in but still a little uneven. If it is too smooth, you’ve over-mixed it!
- Fill the muffin cups ½-⅔ full, depending on preferred size, scatter the remaining blueberries on top and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of brown sugar.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup fine brown sugar (Florida Crystals), plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
- Grated peel of 1 lemon
- 1 small ripe banana, mashed
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Ann's Tips and Tricks
These muffins freeze really well, so if (and that’s a big “if”) you have any left over, bag and freeze ’em!
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or 1 teaspoon of cream of Tartar to 1 cup of regular milk.
If you cannot find whole wheat pastry flour then substitute half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. Just swapping in whole wheat flour will result in a drier and grittier muffin.