Legendary Boston Baker John Pupek Shares Recipe, Techniques for Making Jordan Marsh’s Blueberry Muffins

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I don’t know about you, but this constantly flipping weather, nonstop political fighting, and the winding down of the semester (combined with stacks of papers to grade, mind you) has me daydreaming of carbs. Come watch John Pupek, the legendary baker of the Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin, prepare his masterpiece:

Legendary Boston baker shares recipe, techniques for making Jordan Marsh’s blueberry muffins | Local News – WCVB Home

You can learn secret techniques for making the muffins too.

According to Yankee Magazine, this is the Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin recipe:


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups large fresh blueberries
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (for top of muffins)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. In a second bowl, combine all dry ingredients. (You can use an electric mixer to combine the dry ingredients thoroughly at this point so that you won’t need to overmix once the wet and dry ingredients are combined.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar mixture along with the milk and vanilla.
  5. Optionally, mash 1/2 cup of the blueberries, and stir in by hand (this will turn batter a light shade of blue and add a touch of blueberry flavor, but this step may be skipped, if you wish). Add the remaining whole berries and stir in gently by hand.
  6. Spray a 12 muffin baking pan with Baker’s Joy (or other non-stick spray). Fill greased muffin cups.
  7. Sprinkle sugar on top of unbaked muffins.
  8. Bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin after several minutes to free it from the pan and cool on wire racks. Muffins may be brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with sugar, if desired.

My personal favorite blueberry muffin recipe is from the Fanny Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook, which is also posted on this blog here.

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