Blackberry jam muffins

By Katherine

I love waking to baked goods

Greg likes to sleep in on Sundays. He tells me to wake him up, but I usually shut the door  to keep the dogs from pacing around the bed. After a certain point they just whine from the hall, but it buys a little time. I made these for him on Father’s Day. The dogs never remember to mark the occasion. Although they never forget my birthday, funny how that works. Since Greg doesn’t have a huge sweet tooth, they’re not overly sweet. Increase the sugar to 1/2 cup and brush with honey when you pull them from the oven if you want more of a sugar rush. Or better yet, serve them with some blackberry jam. Using all white flour will also make them more airy.  To keep your muffins from having muffin tops, try to pour more evenly than I did.

Blackberry jam muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see note below)
  • 2 tbsp blackberry jam
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup blackberries

Preheat oven to 400. Grease bottoms of 12 regular muffin pans. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine buttermilk and egg, beat well. Add to flour mixture and stir until just moistened. The batter will be lumpy, if it’s still a bit dry add a tablespoon of honey or a bit more buttermilk. Stir in blackberry jam and blackberries. Divide evenly, do as I say not as I do, between greased muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack, but not too long. They’re better warm.

Notes: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can put a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in your measuring cup and fill it the rest of the way to the one cup mark with regular milk. Let stand for five minutes before using.

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50 Responses to Blackberry jam muffins

  1. JamieAnne says:

    Awesome! Looks like a great muffin. Dogs are sneaky, they remember only what they want to remember.

  2. Cinnamon and cardamom, yum! I bet a little freshly grated nutmeg would make for an interesting variation too.

  3. Kristy says:

    OMG! With honey on top! And to get to sleep in! That would be my ultimate Sunday morning. :)

  4. Patti says:

    I think I have to try these this weekend!

  5. Beautiful photo. I can almost smell them!

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    Ah! Freshly baked muffins on a Sunday morning. Life is good.

  7. ambrosiana says:

    What a cute post! I love muffins that are not overly sweet, so I agree with Greg on this!!

  8. Great muffins – cinnamon and cardamom – yummy! :-) Mandy

  9. niasunset says:

    Blackberry jam, cinnamon and cardamom… how great! Thank you dear Rufus, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  10. Great ingredients and made with lots of love!

  11. Nice! Now, if only those blackberries would hurry up and ripen!

  12. Charles says:

    Wonderful – not too sweet muffins are really great, and I love the addition of cardamom. Do you have the stuff still in the pods? It’s incredible how much the taste degrades if it’s already pre-ground. I don’t think I’ll ever buy non-whole cardamom again!

  13. Lea Ann says:

    These do look good! Funny, my dogs always remember my birthday too. :)

  14. I’ve never heard the phrase “muffin tops” before, but if they are “muffin tops” I like them.

  15. Judy says:

    Love blackberries, these look great and ready for butter!

  16. Love the idea of cardamom in these – and the jam with the blackberries. I bet that flavor was out of this world!

  17. Kristen says:

    Great way to use blackberry jam! I shared this on my fb & twit.

  18. Dogs are great – ours remember Big Man´s Birthday and Father´s Day too! Lovely muffins, and adore blackberry jam with anything… :)

  19. Karen says:

    I like the idea of a less sweet muffin myself. You won’t feel so guilty adding butter and jam afterwards.

  20. Oh yummy muffins. I would like these for breakfast please! ;)

  21. nrhatch says:

    They look yummy! I’ll be right over . . . get the coffee brewing, please. :D

  22. devikakumar says:

    These muffins look beautiful. Mm, I love waking up to baked goods too.

  23. Elle says:

    These look fabulous! I’ll definitely be printing out this recipe. Can’t wait to try them :)

  24. Cardamom is one of my all-time favorite spices to bake with. I have seriously become addicted to it and these muffins would surely add a new and wonderful recipe to my collection. These look divine!

  25. How pretty! And what a great Father’s Day treat.

  26. joshuafagans says:

    These sound killer! Love the combo of flavors: blackberry, cardamom, and buttermilk!

  27. Kelly says:

    Yeah, a muffin recipe that calls for a third cup of sugar! Love the romance in letting your man sleep in on Sunday and the imagery of the dogs waiting.

  28. Colleen says:

    These look delicious! I wish someone would make them for me while I was still sleeping!

  29. Sissi says:

    A lovely Sunday breakfast idea! (I also like desserts, which are not overly sweet).

  30. I think blackberries have to be my favorite thing to eat. I like them any way you fix them and if they are in the house, I cannot leave them alone. These look wonderful.

  31. Holly says:

    Is that the stash of homemade jam in use again too? I love how you both apply such amazing homemade produce (jam, limoncello etc) to various other homemade produce (puddings, muffins)… It’s something I’d never think to do! You are an inspirational kitchen pair – love it! I’m now going to go eat a muffin… [about my 10th this weekend!]

  32. TasteFood says:

    These sound lovely. I’ll be making them for sure.

  33. eva626 says:

    o0o yummy! this ALMOST beats my sister’s two day baking spree of blondies and brownies! lol

  34. rutheh says:

    Love the line about ” love to wake to baked goods!” Buttermilk and blackberries sound a perfect match.

  35. spicegirlfla says:

    I actually like muffin tops! I love the idea to brush on honey when first taking them out. I try to always use less sugar, but that’s a great idea to add just a nice sweetness, and shine I assume! I see Greg gets pretty spoiled!

  36. Sara says:

    These look nice. Jam is a fun ingredient to use in baked goods!

  37. randommanda says:

    I love the idea of brushing them with honey! YUM!

  38. one word: YUM! This is perfect for breakfast.

  39. A great substitute for a gooey chocolate chip muffin!

  40. scholasticfood says:

    These look like the perfect breakfast food: sweet and fruity but not too heavy. I love the use of buttermilk (yum!) and the addition of cardamom. Thanks so much!

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  42. ....RaeDi says:

    These look incredible, the blackberry vines are hanging low with all the berries, cannot wait. Dogs, they are so special, they know….RaeDi

  43. ....RaeDi says:

    Back in the early 80′s when I first moved here the blackberries were all ripe and just ready for the picking. The next morning first thing I did was pick blackberries in the rain. I came home and my mouth was as colored as my fingers, I had no gloves to pick they were still on the move, but that was not going to stop me, where did Katherine grow up?….RaeDi

  44. Courtney says:

    I have some frozen blackberries just hanging out in the freezer that would love to make their home in a muffin (and then in my tummy).

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