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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Sunday's with Joy - Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins

Earlier this week I was wondering around the internets and happened to find a Facebook group that is cooking and baking their way through all 100 recipes from Joy the Bakers Cookbook (remember those amazing Trail Mix cookies I posted about last week??) called Sundays with Joy. I'm always on the hunt for a new project so I signed right up. I joined a week late so I jumped right to the second recipe - Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins.

I have only used browned butter once before, and I was pretty nervous to use it again. The first time I ever used it I browned it a little too much and it tasted more like burnt butter...I still used it in the cake I was making and overall the cake still tasted wonderful, but I was convinced that browned butter was something too complex and fancy for me to use again.

Incase you have never made browned butter all you have to do is melt some butter in a pan, wait for it to bubble and froth, and then finally it will start to cook and turn a lovely brown color with a nutty aroma. The hard part is catching it before it turns from browned to burnt. Joy does a lovely job of explaining the whole process in her recipe, so I gave it another go.

And then I realized that something was wrong with my stove top. The pilot wasn't lighting and I was not about to hold a match to an open gas line while I am 9 months pregnant. So, I did the next best thing. I browned the butter in the oven. 

It took a little longer than I would have liked, and I probably could have left it in there to brown a bit more, but in the end it was a success! There were lots of lovely browned bits that gave the muffins a nutty depth without making them over the top.

The blueberries that I picked up at the store were absolutely heavenly - super juicy and extra large, there were almost too many of them! No, just kidding, that's not possible. But I definitely didn't feel as guilty eating a dozen couple of these muffins since they were so packed with fruit. I should have added the whole amount of the crumble topping to them as they could have used a little more (you can always use a little more crumble) but I didn't want the muffins to spill over too much while baking. At least I know for next time...and there will be a next time!

Interested in joining our Sunday's with Joy? Check out the Facebook page! And check out Bakeaholic Mamas blog to see everyone else's take on these muffins - some people even made theirs gluten free! I'm going to try and keep up with the group as much as possible but since the little lady is due to make her appearance sometime in the next two weeks I'm not sure how often I'll be able to contribute for the next couple of weeks - but I sure am looking forward to trying!


  1. Beautiful muffins! I will check out your blog after this week - my son's communion is Saturday and I'm going to be a baking fool.

  2. You did a WONDERFUL job and I'm so glad you've decided to work with browned butter again. It's a winner winner chicken dinner in my book!

  3. Lovely post! I love your picture of the empty wrapper. I dare say I had a few of those too laying around. LOL

  4. Butter browning in the oven! Nice save, they look lovely :)

  5. Love the colors in your photos and the setup of your site. Very nice!

  6. I just tried these and loved them! I altered the recipe a bit - I made it in a 8" square pan and decreased the sugar to 1/2 cup. So delicious! Thanks for the recommendation.