if you’ve ever been buried deep in the depths of despair, you know there’s nothing that can lift you out of it quite like the smell of freshly baked blueberry muffins. Ever since the concept of muffins met the blueberry, none have been able to topple the blueberry muffin from its place as the best and most delicious muffin in existence. National Blueberry Muffin Day was set up in honor of that fact so that we can all recall and celebrate the king of the muffins.
Learn about National Blueberry Muffin Day
National Blueberry Muffin Day has been designed in order to celebrate the culinary delight that is the blueberry muffin! If you have never had a blueberry muffin before, you are seriously missing out. A lot of people never try blueberry muffins because they’re not a massive fan of blueberries. However, we don’t think you need to be! There’s just something different about blueberries when they are baked and served in this way. They are so, so much better! Give it a try; you won’t regret it.
While muffins may not be the healthiest treat in the world, there are some health benefits that are associated with blueberries, which can make you feel a bit better for indulging on National Blueberry Muffin Day.
In fact, a lot of people consider blueberries to be a superfood. This is because they can help with weight loss and healthy digestion, promoting the feeling of being full. They can also improve your mental health, protect against heart disease, assist with diabetes management, lower blood pressure, improve skin health, and help with maintaining healthy bones. Pretty impressive, right? Who thought that something so small would be able to pack such a powerful punch of nutrients?
History of National Blueberry Muffin Day
The origin of the blueberry muffin is a tale of adaptation and culinary fortune. Once long ago there was a commonly used berry known as the bilberry, it was commonly used in all forms of baked goods throughout Europe.
When first arriving in the Americas, the pilgrims realized that bilberries were not native to this new land, and so it was that the blueberry was discovered and found its way into baking. What a fortunate day it was for the muffin when this occurred, for it is without question that the blueberry muffin knows no equal.
But in order to make a blueberry muffin, one must know how to properly use the blueberry. You see, you can’t simply use any old blueberry. Fresh blueberries are delightful on ice-cream and sprinkled on pancakes, but have no place in muffins. Frozen blueberries are convenient and can be used to make an incredible smoothie but alas they, like the fresh blueberries, turn to mush when processed in a batter. So for blueberry muffins, only dried blueberries will do!
How to celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day
The best way to celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day is by enjoying a rich flavorful blueberry muffin! Once you’ve gobbled down one (or several, it’s OK, we won’t tell) you can share the wealth with your friends and co-workers. National Blueberry Muffin Day is a day for sharing, and also for learning the most important recipe you’ll ever learn, that of the delicious blueberry muffin. Search them out on the internet, and find the one that speaks to your blueberry loving soul, and then prepare batch after batch until your craving for blueberry muffins is sated! Then keep practising until it comes around again!
Another fun way for you to celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day is by having a bite of a bake-off with your friends. Why not invite your loved ones over and see who can make the greatest blueberry muffin? It is always fun to do something a bit different with the ones you love, and this is a great way to spend a bit of time together and enjoy some delicious food in the process. You could also do different blueberry inspired desserts. Maybe you could take the muffins and get everyone else to do a different recipe each? The choice is yours!
Why not also make yourself a blueberry-inspired cocktail to enjoy with the muffin? The Farmhouse Jam cocktail is a mix of Vodka, Blueberry and Thyme Jam, and Prosecco. If you love fruity cocktails, you will definitely be a fan of this one, whilst the Prosecco adds a slight fizz and an added bit of luxury.
Nevertheless, the star of the show is undoubtedly the Blueberry and Thyme Jam, which you can make at home. We definitely recommend using quality ingredients. So, how is the Farmhouse Jam cocktail made? A large spoonful of Blueberry and Thyme Jam is added to a glass.
Then add a shot and a half of vodka. Ice is added to the drink and the ingredients are blended together. Finally, the glass is topped with Prosecco and you should add a spoon of jam and thyme for garnish to make your drink Instagram-worthy. If you don’t drink alcohol, or you are the designated driver for the evening, a mocktail version of this cocktail can be made. Instead of vodka and Prosecco, just use soda water and fresh lemon juice.