Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins sound better than they taste because the berries are quite watery and lack flavour. On the other hand, if you make a tasty jam with some berries and add that, together with the fresh berries you have a real winner!



  • small saucepan
  • potato masher
  • wooden spoon
  • small colander
  • pair of scissors
  • 2 muffin pans
  • large glass bowl
  • electric beaters
  • measuring jug
  • 2 spoons
  • oven gloves

Blueberry Jam

  • ¾ cup (± 120 g) blueberries
  • 2 T (30 ml) sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • pinch salt
  • 1 t (5 ml) lemon juice


  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (125 ml) canola oil
  • 1 cup (250 ml) plain full cream yoghurt
  • 1 cup (250 ml) full cream milk
  • 1 x 700 g Ina Paarman’s Raisin & Bran Muffin Mix
  • ½ cup (± 100 g) whole blueberries
  • blueberry jam
Blueberry Jam

Crush the berries lightly with the sugar in a small saucepan, using a potato masher. Add water, salt and lemon juice. Simmer until ‘jammy’ it will leave a ‘path’ on the bottom of the pot when stirred (see pic).


Remove the raisin bag from the foil packet and pour boiling water over the raisins to plump them up. Drain immediately and set aside to swell.

Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 190°C. Grease 2 muffin pans. Beat eggs and oil for 30 seconds on high speed until well blended. Add yoghurt and milk and beat until blended.

Add contents of pack, drained plumped raisins, whole blueberries and blueberry jam. Stir by hand with a wooden spoon ± 40 times until uniformly blended. (Do not beat.) Spoon mixture into buttered muffin pan/s. An ice cream scoop does the job perfectly.

Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes.

Serve with butter.

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