Not just any blueberry muffins. Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins. I have a recipe that I clipped from the Boston Globe more years ago than I can count. It’s yellow with age, and I’ve decided to make a more permanent copy before I misplace it.
I have made one ingredients change over the years. If I happen to have buttermilk on hand, I use it instead of the milk called for in the recipe. I’ve also made some temperature and time adjustments.
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pint blueberries, cleaned and rinsed
extra sugar for sprinkling on top
1. Using a mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and salt for a couple of minutes.
2. Add the eggs and baking powder. Mix well.
3. With the mixer on low, add the flour, milk, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
4. Fold in the blueberries.
5. Generously butter and flour a twelve section muffin tin, including the surface area. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each section. Sprinkle the tops with sugar.
6. Bake in a preheated 425 oven for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 and continue baking for approximately 25 minutes. Let rest in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.
Jordan Marsh (now Macy’s) was once a Boston institution. The blueberry muffins made by their in-house bakery were locally famous. Jordan’s Furniture in Avon, tapping into culinary nostalgia, sells these great muffins during the Christmas season as part of their holiday display of Enchanted Village.
The Enchanted Village was once housed on the eighth floor of Jordan Marsh’s Boston store. Countless people stopped at the bakery on the lower level before leaving the store to pick up a dozen muffins. When the display moved to the North Shore Shopping Center, a bakery was set up in the mall with the muffins as their only product. The muffins are so linked with the display that when Jordan’s Furniture acquired the Enchanted Village, the muffins had to be part of the package.