Monday, 30 August 2010

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

My mum loves these muffins. I can understand why: they're crunchy and sweet on top, fluffy with that wonderful brown butter flavour in the middle and studded with juicy blueberries. They're definitely the best blueberry muffin I've ever made or tasted. 

I found these on Joy the Baker's wonderful site over a year ago. They were one of the first recipes I converted from American measures and coming back to it now, I realise that I didn't get the transition quite right. I've put my updated recipe below. 

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins
(Adapted from Joy the Baker, recipe here)

For the muffin mix:
105g butter
90ml whole milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla essence
175g plain flour
170g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
250g blueberries

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.  Put muffin liners in a muffin tin. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Keep heating it over medium heat until it has foamed up and brown bits have appeared and it smells nutty and delicious. Make sure you keep an eye on it as it happens - it takes a while but can burn quickly. Take off the heat and leave to cool slightly. Whisk the egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla together, then add the brown butter and whisk again. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in another bowl and combine. Pour the liquids into the bowl and fold in until just combined. Fold the blueberries in. Spoon out into the muffin cups. 

For the crumble topping:
45g butter
60g flour
80g golden caster sugar

Measure out all the ingredients into a small bowl. Rub together until you have a crumbly mixture. Divide between the muffins. Put into the oven and bake for around 20 minutes, until they are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack for a bit before eating. 

(Makes 12)


  1. my household are huge blueberry muffin fans. i will be making these for breakfast very soon! simply lovely!

  2. I love blueberry muffins, and this sounds like a delicious recipe. I've never baked with brown butter but I may have to try it now! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I love trying out new blueberry muffin recipes, and these ones look delicious. I've been baking with brown butter, but haven't seen it with blueberry muffins yet. Can't wait to try it out!

  4. Oh these are so pretty! I've wanted to make them with raspberries for quite some time. I think your post might've been the nudge I needed!

  5. Jeni -Emma's mum1 September 2010 14:27

    The crumble topping is really delicious!

  6. Wow, they look wonderful and mouthwatering! I will try them soon or later

  7. These were INCREDIBLE!! The brown butter is amazing

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