Freeze-Dried Blueberry Muffin Recipe
Ready for a new twist on a classic recipe? Try our favorite Freeze-Dried Blueberry Muffin recipe. Using freeze-dried fruit in baked goods is a great way to bake perfect muffins every time. Freeze-dried fruit adds unparalleled color and flavor to your recipes, and because they are easy to use and store, freeze-dried fruits are virtually prep-free. While it may be true that everyone has their best blueberry muffin recipe, there’s always room for one more. If you are looking to try something new, give Hibernate’s Freeze-Dried Blueberry Muffin recipe a try. This one is a classic!
Hibernate is a food storage company that promises the best shelf life and prices in the business. Because freeze-dried fruit is so versatile and easy to use, you will often find yourself heading to the pantry rather than to the fridge for prep-free fruit that is easy to Hibernate’s Freeze-Dried Fruit Variety Pack packs a double punch. With great shelf life and nutritional value, you can confidently rely on it during an emergency. But it can also double as a great stand-in for fresh fruit.
FREEZE-DRIED BLUEBERRY MUFFINS RECIPE
Once you try using freeze-dried fruit in baked goods, you may never go back to using fresh fruit. This freeze-dried twist of a classic recipe would be a great addition to your freeze-dried recipe arsenal.
This blueberry muffin recipe is made from scratch. No boxed ingredients here! Not only will this taste homemade, but you also get a better quality product that’s free from preservatives.
Freeze-Dried Blueberry Muffin Ingredients
2 cups flour (can substitute gluten-free flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs (large)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1-1/2 cups freeze-dried blueberries
(Adapted from Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Recipe)
Freeze-Dried Blueberry Muffin Instructions
Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a muffin pan with butter or nonstick spray, or line it with paper baking cups.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 ¼ cups sugar until very light and fluffy, about 10 – 15 minutes. Scraping down the sides of the bowl often. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add half the flour mixture and beat until just blended. Beat in buttermilk, then add the remaining flour mixture and beat until blended. Gently fold the freeze-dried blueberries into the batter.
Spoon batter evenly into 12 prepared baking cups. Sprinkle with 2 tsp sugar.
Place pan in the oven and immediately reduce heat to 375° F. Bake for 30 minutes or until muffin tops are golden brown. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.
WHAT MAKES FREEZE-DRIED BLUEBERRIES SPECIAL?
Let's begin with the fundamentals. Blueberries that have been freeze-dried go through a dehydration process in a low-pressure vacuum chamber that virtually eliminates all of the fruit's water content. However, the fruit's cellular structure is preserved throughout this process, retaining about 98% of its nutritional worth. Freeze-dried blueberries can endure up to 30 years if kept in a cold, dry location. What a lengthy shelf life! especially when you are aware that you need not sacrifice nutritious value.
Why add freeze-dried blueberries to a recipe for muffins? The use of freeze-dried blueberries in baked items has numerous advantages. To begin with, you now have access to all fruits, even those that are out of season. Fruits that have been Freeze-dried fruits have intense flavor and color. They raise the bar for your visual presentation while keeping an eye on how much water is in your baked goods. When baking muffins with fresh fruit, it's not unusual to bite into one and find a soggy area around the fruit where moisture has seeped into the batter and prevented an even bake. This issue is resolved with freeze-dried fruits! Additionally, sugar is not necessary because the flavor and color of freeze-dried fruits are unsurpassed. It's already really nice on its own. For this recipe, you can use it straight out of the package. It doesn't need to be reconstituted.
CAN YOU USE FREEZE-DRIED BLUEBERRIES FOR REGULAR BLUEBERRIES?
The answer is a resounding yes! Of course, there are some dishes where there is simply no substitute for fresh fruit; however, there are many ways to incorporate freeze-dried blueberries into your favorite dishes. Throw them into ice cream or your favorite scone or oatmeal cookie. Grind them up and add them to cake batter or frosting. Stir them into pancakes and smoothies, or crush them and sprinkle them on top of pudding or yogurt.