Blueberry mint & honey jam muffins.

(This was originally written for a contributor post on eighteen25, go take a look and see! And look for more posts by me over there soon.)

Blueberry honey & mint jam muffins, using the best muffin base EVER.

It’s always a mouthful, these titles of mine.

These muffins are also known as boredom muffins. Or “3 am craving muffins.” Or “muffins you make when you wanna eat a muffin and you need to use up that jar of jam.” Like blueberry mint honey jam that I made last spring.

Blueberry honey & mint jam muffins, using the best muffin base EVER.

Jam made with honey doesn’t last as long as jam made with sugar, so I like to use it up before the year mark. This jam was perfectly fine and delicious and probably would’ve stayed that way until June or July, maybe even longer… but I didn’t want to chance it. Homemade jam is best eaten fresh or within the year if canned

The main thing here isn’t so much the jam- I’ve talked about that before. It’s the muffin recipe. This is my go-to tried & true muffin base.

Blueberry honey & mint jam muffins, using the best muffin base EVER.

As gorgeous as these look, you don’t have to use jam in them. You don’t even have to use fruit. This muffin base makes an amazing basic recipe that you can switch up any way you want. Add coconut flakes, dried cherries and sliced almonds. Add sliced banana. Add chocolate chips. Add fresh berries. Swirl Nutella in the top before baking. Use up the remnants of a jar of jam like I did.  I bet it’s great plain with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg mixed in. ANYTHING you can imagine, you can do. The base lends itself perfectly to any additions at all.

BLUEBERRY MINT & HONEY JAM MUFFINS

Makes 12 muffins for me, every time

Ingredients:

  • 1 small (8-oz) jar of blueberry mint & honey jam
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar*
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  • Turbinado or raw sugar, for topping *OPTIONAL

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. and grease up twelve muffin cups or put liners in them ( I prefer liners because it’s less messy that way).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, stir together milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla until blended. Make a well in center of dry ingredients; add milk mixture and stir just to combine. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into muffin cups, then add a teaspoon or so of jam. Add another tablespoon of batter, filling the cups as much as possible; bake 15-20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center of one muffin comes out clean.
  4. Remove muffin tin to wire rack; cool 5 minutes and remove from tins to finish cooling.
*I have also made these with cake flour- just use 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons. Also, you can substitute half the white sugar with a light brown sugar for a richer flavor. And as far as the vanilla goes, you can use double the amount.

Blueberry honey & mint jam muffins, using the best muffin base EVER.

For the liners, I couldn’t find any plain white ones in my stash, so I made my own using parchment paper. It’s really simple; just cut out squares and tuck them into the muffin tin. Make folds and creases as needed to make them stay “open” and fill them with batter. Voila! Super easy and they look pretty cool.

Plus, they’re larger than cupcake liners so they provide a good “lap plate” for the muffins once they’re unfolded.

Blueberry honey & mint jam muffins, using the best muffin base EVER.

This is one of those stupid easy recipes you can make at 1 a.m. when you have a carb craving. It takes no time at all to throw together, and you can add just about anything to them, which adds to the fun. But if you wanna get snazzy and make this fancy little jam, here’s a reprint of the recipe I posted last year.

SMALL BATCH BLUEBERRY AND MINT HONEY JAM (adapted from Food in Jars’ recipe at 100 Days of Real Food)

MAKES ROUGHLY 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 PINTS; FOR ME IT MADE TWO 8-OZ. JARS AND ONE 4-OZ. JAR

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh blueberries, washed, dried and de-stemmed
  • 2/3 cup fresh pure honey OR Agave nectar
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (around 1 and one half tablespoons)
  • 4 or 5 large fresh mint leaves, torn

Directions:

  1. Place the berries in a wide deep skillet or pan and gently mash. They will splatter so wear dark clothes or an apron! Add the lemon juice and honey. Let the mixture sit until the honey begins to dissolve.
  2. Place the pan on the stove and bring to a boil. Add mint leaves and stir them in. Cook, stirring regularly, for 10 to 12 minutes, until the jam thickens.
  3. Pour it into clean, hot jars. Apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath canner for ten minutes. When time is up, remove jars from the canner and place them on a folded kitchen towel and let them cool.
  4. When the jars are room temperature, check the seals. If the lids have gone concave and don’t wiggle at all, they are sealed.
  5. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used within a few weeks. If you don’t want to process the jam, just pour it into a jar, let it cool, and put it in the refrigerator.

Blueberry honey & mint jam muffins, using the best muffin base EVER.

Suggestions for use: Add coconut flakes, dried cherries and sliced almonds, add lemon zest and raspberries, add sliced banana, add chocolate chips, add mixed fresh berries and serve with cream, swirl Nutella in the top before baking, or use up the remnants of a jar of jam like I did, and I bet it’s even great plain with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg mixed in.
Soundtrack: Garbage – “Parade”
Sources & credits: Blue & white tea towel; Ikea, 8-ounce Kerr jam jar; freshpreserving.com.
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