Using spices in blueberry muffins/cupcakes?

Posted on 02/15/2013 by akutati
Hi everyone!

It's my second recipe request, and I still haven't posted anything else here. I'm sorry, translating my (Finnish) recipes seems so hard...

Anyway. My boyfriend asked me to bake "something good" he could take to his co-workers on his birthday. As my boyfriend loves blueberry pie, I thought I'd make sweet blueberry muffins. But I want them to have a twist, because it's his birthday and all. So, I faintly remember hearing somewhere, that cloves and cinnamon go well with blueberries, but google wouldn't prove me right nor wrong. Also, I have no idea how much of said spices would be okay for, say, 20 muffins.

So, do you guys know, if cinnamon and cloves go well with blueberries?
What would be a good ratio for the spices?
Are there any other spices you know would be perfect for blueberry muffins? Maybe a perfect recipe, even?


browngirl 15th-Feb-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
I like cinnamon with blueberries (1/2 tsp to a batch), but not cloves (but I don't like cloves).

Other flavors that go well with blueberries: ginger (1/2 tsp ground or 2 tsp fresh grated), nutmeg (1/2 tsp fresh grated), and lemon zest (1 tsp fresh grated).
_lindz 15th-Feb-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Not exactly what you were asking for but these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes are SO GOOD!!

Also, best blueberry muffin recipe ever.
encircleme 16th-Feb-2013 01:44 am (UTC)
I was going to say Lemon and Blueberry is AWESOME.
kelliem 15th-Feb-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
I love ground coriander seed and nutmeg in blueberry muffins. Use nutmeg sparingly as it is strong, maybe 1/4 tsp. per 12 muffins, but you can go a lot stronger with coriander since it is mild, I'd use a teaspoon/12. I have a recipe I posted a while back here.

Edited at 2013-02-15 11:32 pm (UTC)
zimknits 15th-Feb-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
Dried lemon or orange peel!!
jvgymnast 15th-Feb-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are an average spice cake mixture, so they go with each other. You could put some sour cream in the batter to make it creamier.

The lemon combo others have mentioned sounds like a good one too.
kalaam 16th-Feb-2013 12:07 am (UTC)
Lemon is great. And I like to add thyme to blueberry pie, it adds an interesting flavor. Not a spice, but still tasty.
automaticdream 16th-Feb-2013 12:12 am (UTC)
I made blueberry and cardamom cookies. They were nice.
gileswench 16th-Feb-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Blueberries go well with quite a few flavors. Cinnamon and cloves are fantastic with blueberry. As others have said, various citrus zests are beyond delicious with them. You can even add fresh ground pepper for an unexpected zing. I also loved the earlier suggestion of ground coriander seeds (known in the US as cardomom). They're subtle and delicious.

Since cinnamon and clove is your first impulse, I would go with that. Remember the cloves are strong, so you want to be a little conservative with them. But the wonderful thing about cloves is that they deepen other flavors and add complexity. Even if you don't add enough to make the flavor stand on its own, it will do lovely things to the blueberries and the cinnamon.

How much to add... I have to admit I don't tend to measure spices too carefully, because I love lots of spice. But most of the cinnamon-laden muffin recipes I've read seem to run about half a teaspoon of cinnamon (I'm usually more lavish with it, but that's me) and maybe a quarter teaspoon cloves.

Spice is fun to play with. Have a good time!
blodeuedd 16th-Feb-2013 04:56 am (UTC)
Just a note: coriander and cardamom are quite different. I think you mean coriander is the same as cilantro. :)
gileswench 16th-Feb-2013 06:36 am (UTC)
Wow. What the hell was I smoking when I wrote that?

Thanks for correcting my goof.
blodeuedd 16th-Feb-2013 06:56 am (UTC)
Haha, no problem. Best baking-related goof ever, though, was my mother liberally dumping cayenne pepper into a bowl instead of cinnamon (they were in identical containers, and she doesn't believe in measuring spoons when it comes to cinnamon).

A dash of cardamom would probably be pretty tasty with blueberries, now that I think about it! :)
gileswench 16th-Feb-2013 07:19 am (UTC)
That's actually precisely why I keep the cinnamon and the cayenne well away from one another in the spice rack! LOL! If I didn't, I would make that exact mistake.

And yes, cardamom with blueberries is good. Blueberries take a lot of spices ridiculously well.
spaceprostitute 16th-Feb-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I love cloves (love love love cloves) - but people tend to love them or hate in between. I would probably do lemon blueberry muffins with a cinnamon streusal topping (and maybe a touch of a powdered sugar glaze drizzle over the streusal) if you want to jazz up regular blueberry muffins.
eliish Blueberry Ricotta Muffins16th-Feb-2013 01:36 am (UTC)
I make a blueberry ricotta muffin that has some almond extract in it, along with a few other unusual things that make them really yummy and moist. Here is a blog that has the recipe I use: (I also substitute Splenda for the sugar and it works out really well).
ready2please 16th-Feb-2013 04:41 am (UTC)

Definitely add cinnamon. I usually mix the dry ingredients together and just eyeball it and smell it. Doing it that way it is kind of hard to use too much.

Another thing that I do is sprinkle granulated sugar on top of the muffins before you put them in the oven and then when they bake and expand you get a nice cracked sugary topping on the cupcakes.


Oh, I vote no on cloves.
akutati 17th-Feb-2013 09:24 am (UTC)
Thank you all for your answers and ideas! I'll be sure to try the citrus with blueberry cupcakes one of these days (I just realized I've got heaps of blueberries still in the freezer...), but this time I decided to stick with the spices. I'll be posting my results next. ^_^
rachelpage 27th-Mar-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
I really like blueberry spice muffins because they're a pleasant complement to an informal brunch or as a special treat for breakfast.
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