July 30, 2015 | Updated May 21, 2020
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Yes, yes, I know: The Hunter Guy is baking muffins. Sorry (not sorry), but I’ve loved blueberry muffins with sour cream for decades, especially toasted with butter.
I ate tons of them when I ran the deli in the basement of the SUNY-Stony Brook student union, years ago. And since huckleberries are really just a West Coast variant of the blueberry, I decided to give this a go.
Now I am sure there are all sorts of other blueberry muffin recipes out there, many of which are grand. But blueberry muffins with sour cream is a cool hack that not only keeps things moist but also adds a bit of tang, too. Use creme fraiche if you want to be fancy, or Greek yogurt if you have that lying around.
Here is a useful article on sour cream in baking, if you are so inclined.
This is an especially easy recipe — after all, I am mostly a savory cook, not a pastry chef. You don’t need a mixer for this recipe, just a spoon. Although a mixer helps if you do happen to have one.
Also, this recipe also makes about a dozen muffins. I say “about” because it all depends on how large you like your muffins; I like large ones, so I often only get nine per batch. Make them smaller if you want to be ensured of your dozen.
Once made, these will keep for a few days in a covered container, which makes them good for road trips or hunting expeditions. And yes, of course you can use blueberries, too.
One tip: Make sure your baking powder is less than six months old. Old baking powder loses its leavening power, and you’ll have flat, heavy leadmuffins instead of nice, light pretty muffins.
Sometimes I substitute in 1/2 cup acorn flour for the wheat flour. This makes a browner, more rustic muffin that seems to keep for a few days’ longer than the all-wheat muffins. And if you really want to go super hippie, granola, use my recipe for acorn muffins and just add your blueberries to that.
Blueberry Muffins with Sour Cream
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup sour cream, creme fraiche or Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or cake flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- A heaping 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- A heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup wild huckleberries or blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease up a muffin pan.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until they are light and airy. Add the egg and beat to combine. Mix in the sour cream.
- Whisk together all the dry ingredients until they are well combined, then mix it into the wet ingredients. Don’t overwork the batter, which will be thick. You just want to get all the flour incorporated into everything.
- Fold in the huckleberries. Do this in small batches so you have as few clumps of berries in your muffins as possible. You want to get them evenly distributed.
- Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to fill the muffin pan — only fill them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way, as the batter expands a lot in cooking.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until you see a little browning, and when a toothpick jammed into a muffin comes out clean (not including blueberry juice). let them sit in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, then pop them onto a cooling rack.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
I cut the sugar in half, still delicious.
Great recipe, thank you! I haven’t made it with huckleberries yet, but I will. I used a mix of wild raspberries, strawberries and currants. I froze them first since the raspberries are a bit delicate, and I put more like a full cup of fruit in. I had greek vanilla yogurt on hand and it worked well although it made the muffins a bit too sweet (even with the tart berries). Would have been better with that yogurt but less sugar, or better yet, the unsweetened yogurt you called for. I’ll be using your recipe as my base from now on!
These are REALLY good. I took the advice of coating the berries in a little bit of flour but otherwise used the recipe exactly as described. I was worried the batter would be too thick and would smash all those lovely fresh berries but I was wrong. Totally delicious, thanks!
Am going to try this foday. Just a hint: prior to adding huckleberries (or other berries) coat them in flour and they won’t clump together and will stay firm in your muffin
Sherry: Thanks, that’s a great tip for fresh berries.
Great recipe Hank! I have a similar one and like to change it up a bit with 1/2 cup almond flour or some rolled oats for extra nutrition.
What about using salal berries?
Madison: Sure, but you’d want to up the tartness component, as salal don’t have much. Tangy yogurt or sour cream will get you close, but I might add a tablespoon of lemon juice, too.
This recipe turned out great but I did make an adjustment.
I added 1/4 cup almond milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice as the batter was a bit thick.
Thank you for this awesome recipe.
Attaboy! More baking! Just rolled out a batch of cranberry (lingonberry). Deadly!
I bought a few pounds of frozen Huckleberries from Azurestandard this summer. Now I have a lovely recipe to try out the berries.
Keep those wonderful recipes coming.
These muffins must taste out of this world since you’re using wild berries that actually have the sweet flavor Nature intended for them, instead of the mass-produced stuff most of us get from the supermarkets.
Love this recipe. I’m going to make these this w/end w some wild blueberries (frozen from Trader Joe’s).