- Josephine Moore
The Secret to the Best Blueberry Muffins!
Updated: May 20, 2020
You have asked and we have answered! For those of you who have stayed here at Captain Sawyer's, you know our blueberry muffins are great. For those of you who haven't had them, well you will have to come on up and stay with us.
What is the secret?
Well the main secret is that we use locally sourced organic blueberries from our friends at Fields Fields Blueberries in Dresden, Maine. Now, for those of you who have not had, nor seen these little pearls of blue deliciousness, you are in for a real treat. When we pick these up during the summer (yes, that's berry season up here) they fill the whole car with their wonderful aroma. Unfortunately, a lot of us have not had the pleasure of this experience, and it's a real shame. The berries are very small, inky, and host a mouth-watering perfume that is worth any road trip to retrieve. Maine blueberries are much smaller than their widely found counterpart and are essential to the Maine cuisine. From our legendary blueberry muffins to crowd-pleasing pancakes, we all deserve a little Maine in our lives! The majority mistake many people make when dealing with blueberries is over seasoning. While cinnamon in sweet dishes and vanilla are great, don't go overboard. Leave the cinnamon out of the batter! Cinnamon and blueberries are great together but opt for putting cinnamon only in your streusel topping for your blueberries or pie. These little guys have a personality all their own so let it shine! Stick to a little bit high-quality vanilla extract or paste (vanilla beans of you can get your hands on them) and some fresh lemon zest to help highlight these beauties.
-Keep your blueberries frozen and don't let them defrost before mixing into your batter or they will not hold up as well.
-Go light on the spice. Blueberries have a beautiful and delicate aroma, don't muddle it down with spices and tons of vanilla. Instead, a little bit of lemon zest will go a long way!
Other Ways to Use All Those Blueberries!
There are so many ways to use that bushel of blueberries. We have listed a few of our favs!
Blueberry Pie with Crumble Topping
Blueberry Reisling Jam
Blueberry Ice Cream
Blueberry Almond Granola
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Blueberry Rhubarb Pie
Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake
Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Sweet Pickled Blueberries