June 28, 2009

Blueberry Goat Cheese Muffins


Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 cups blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup soft goat cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup blueberry puree
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, at room temperature
optional: demerara sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. Grease or line 12 wells in a muffin tin. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together butter, goat cheese, puree, egg and vanilla until blended. Add the dry ingredients. Mix the batter thoroughly (batter will be very thick) then fold in blueberries. Fill each well about 3/4 of the way and sprinkle with demerara sugar if using. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean or with just a few dry crumbs. Remove to rack and let cool at least 2 minutes before serving.



My thoughts:
These are extra blueberry-y muffins because most of the liquid in the batter is pureed blueberries. Also adding moisture and a touch of tangy flavor is a mild goat cheese. It sounds like sort of an odd pairing but it really works. The muffins are super moist and they really taste like blueberries. The goat cheese isn't overpowering at all, I don't think that anyone who didn't know would guess that there was goat cheese in them. It is presence in the muffin is mostly as a savoy, creamy background flavor, similar to the sour cream in my other favorite blueberry muffin recipe. The pureed blueberries do add a slight greenish blue tint to the baked muffins so be forewarned.

I do have to point out that my husband, a blueberry muffin connoisseur, is absolutely crazy about these muffins. This has lead to more than one conversation about how many of these muffins one can eat in one sitting without looking "piggish" and perhaps a sonnet or song or two has written in their honor. He says they are absolutely the best blueberry muffins he has ever had. High praise!

27 comments:

  1. I did these today and mine turned out so purple, they were almost black! Taste great though, the goat cheese really works with the berries.

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  2. I think my husband will love these as well. Can't wait to try them out.

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  3. What a creative combo - I love it!

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  4. I love goat cheese, and I love blueberry muffins so why not?

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  5. D-VINE! How on earth did you think of that pairing? Genius!

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  6. I love goat cheese...hmmnn..those muffins taste like blueberry cheesecake???

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  7. Peachkins-
    Not quite. I describe the flavor pretty thoroughly in the "my thoughts" section.

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  8. ooh, i must make these!! lovely :)

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  9. Rachael, where can one purchase blueberry puree?

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  10. Anon-
    I would have no idea. Puree is easily made by pulsing fruit in a blender for a few seconds.

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  11. And I thought I was doing everything I could to promote my love of goat cheese, well you have out-goat-cheesed me completely! Consider me hungry and impressed.

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  12. Muffins that inspire sonnets?! Now these I've got to try.

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  13. Oooh the goat cheese is so different. Love this.

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  14. What an interesting flavor combination. They look DELISH.

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  15. those look so good! i've never seen muffins with goat cheese before, but blueberry muffins are one of my favorite things and so is goat cheese, so i'm definitely gonna have to make these. thanks for the recipe.

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  16. yum!!!

    these look amazing.

    i love the flavor profile here - especially with a nice creamy goat cheese.

    i'm gonna have to chef these bad babies up

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  17. Ooh these look great! I've had goat cheese with blueberries in it before, but never in a muffin. Yum!

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  18. Made these last night-excellent. No puree, but buttermilk filled in nicely!

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  19. I baked these tonight! They were quite a venture from my standard muffin fare (my mom and I usually have these wheat-y, hearty, healthy-kind of muffins), but they look great and are bound to taste great. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I recently discovered your blog, and I love it!

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  20. Ugh, these look SO good. Thanks for the recipe!

    P.S. I've been lurking around your blog for a while but never commented. But I absolutely love your photos!

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  21. These sound GREAT! I love the idea of goat cheese!

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  22. Made them this morning! They were fantastic. Perfect blend of blueberry and cheese. Thanks for participating in TasteSpotting!

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  23. Just made them, the batter looked like cement haha. But the batter tasted great, and so do the muffins! :)

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