Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins are soft and tender muffins loaded with fresh blueberries and topped with a sweet streusel that rivals any bakery muffin—but better because it’s easily made at home.
When Son #1 was small and Son #2 was just a wee little thing, we spent our Saturday mornings at a local Starbucks. It was my way of spending some one on one time with my first born. We’d walk in with Son #1 fisting a small plastic horse in one hand, and a wooden train from Thomas the Tank Engine in the other hand. Our order was always the same: a Grande Chai Latte and sliced of Iced Lemon Loaf for me, and a kid-temp Vanilla Steamer and a Bakery Style Blueberry Muffin for him.
We’d sit on what he referred to as “the comfy couch” and enjoy the spoils of our outing. In between bites of the crunchy struesel topping on his muffin, Son #1 would play “horse” and “trains” over the table and window sills in our area, while I had a moment of semi-relaxation with only one child to keep track of. The Saturdays at Starbucks soon became a family affair, with Sons #2, and eventually #3, joining in with their Daddy. One thing that remained the same was that the Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins were the primary motivation of the morning. Soon after Saturday Starbucks became a family event, they stopped serving blueberry muffins. Son #1 was devastated. I’ve tried off and on to develop a recipe that was close to those Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins of his childhood, but they were never quite the same. Until now.
What makes Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins special?
Well, the batter is slightly sweeter than a classic blueberry muffin, with a simple struesel topping for added crunch. The muffins have just enough batter to cradle all of the juicy blueberries while still holding shape.
I use a bit of lemon paste to subtly punch up the flavor of the blueberries without being overpowering. Then I toss ripe blueberries with a touch of flour and sugar before folding them into the batter, to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.
The resulting Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins are every bit as wonderful as Son #1 remembers! The sweet muffins are bursting with fresh blueberries and have that nostalgic sugary crunch that he remembers. His exact quote was, “MOM! You nailed it! These are absolutely the best blueberry muffins that I’ve ever had! They taste just like I remember.” Victory is mine!
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