Does anyone out there remember Jordan Marsh? Does anyone remember their amazing blueberry muffins!? How many department stores today could possibly be known for their bakery??? Not many. Nordstrom has a decent cafe, but twenty years after the fact I do not think I will be remembering a cookie from Nordstrom. But I certainly remember the blueberry muffins from Jordan Marsh. Crazy old school.
For the second time in as many evenings I was struck with the need to bake. Oddly enough I had not used my Kitchen Aid in a while, and yesterday I brought it over to D’s and decided to let her keep it for two weeks as she had some serious birthday party prep to do soon.
Good thing I have a back up mixer in my house. Who doesn’t, right? (Kidding – I realize I am probably the only one out there that does, besides my friend Jenny – maybe!)
I had bit of a day at work – but went out to grab a bite and a Grey Lady with my friend Marielle after work. It was a good time and we were both glad to be out of the office. Nothing beats a Cisco brewers beer after work on a nice summer’s evening.
I went straight to the market after getting home from work. Pause. Can we just discuss for one single moment the absolute annoyance I had at the market today? In case you were wondering – it is August. I live in New England. There are fresh, local blueberries everywhere. Why the heck does my market have blueberries from Michigan?! That’s right. It is sort of insulting. (it could be worse – at least I was not shopping in Maine for blueberries and finding the same stupid berries from Michigan.) I just wish I had time to pick my own blueberries because my muffins would have been 1 million times better probably. Well, at least these muffins are not from a box. Just saying.
I got the ‘berries’ and some 2% milk (because who in their right mind would bake with skim?) got home and started baking – the Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin recipe. A old classic in this house thanks to my mom who has had it handwritten out for decades.
They still look pretty, homemade, and full of fresh berries. Here is to hoping they taste as good as they look!
I’ll let you know if they are a hit. Have a great Thursday, everybody!
Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffin Recipe:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups unsifted flour
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (I ended up using a little bit less – and I used kosher salt)
2 1/2 cups large fresh blueberries (?)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar (for muffin tops)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
In a second bowl combine all dry ingredients. Mix together with a spoon.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture – rotate with adding the milk and vanilla. Do not over mix.
Optional: mash 1/2 C blueberries with a wooden spoon and stir into mixture by hand. This will turn the batter blue… Add the remaining blueberries, fold in with a wooden spoon (do not use a mixer).
Spoon into greased muffin tins or lined muffin tins. Spoon sugar on top of muffins before baking. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of finely grated lemon zest, too.
Bake for 22 minutes or until turning slightly golden brown. Makes 12 large muffins or 18 medium muffins.