blueberry muffin bowl
I’ve heard about French women who whip up culinary masterpieces in disproportionately small apartment kitchens. I’ve always wondered how they do it.

Today I found out.

We’re in between homes and are currently renting a place with a that kitchen barely fits a sink, a small freezer and a 2 foot by 3 foot oven…just enough room for a muffin pan.

With about a 1 foot of prep area I painstakingly shuffled the necessary ingredients to make Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins. It was definitely worth the effort.

If you’re not from New England, Jordan Marsh was an iconic department store…alive in the heyday when department stores had restaurants, bakeries … and blueberry muffins. This recipe became famous in the region and it is must have recipe for your collection. I’ve adapted it by adding more leavening and replacing the milk with yogurt for richer and fluffier texture.

blueberry muffin collage

Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. blueberries, fresh or defrosted frozen
1 tbs. flour
3 tbs. sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line muffin tin with paper liner and grease rims with butter (batter may overflow)
Cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
Stir in vanilla
Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with yogurt
Mash 1/2 cup blueberries and mix in
Toss remaining blueberries with 1 tbs. flour and fold in by hand
Fill muffin cups to top
Bake 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean
Cool for 30 minutes
Note: Of course this is all much more fun when you’re oven doesn’t indicate that it’s preheated and lacks a timer.

So there you have it. Granted, it’s not a french culinary masterpiece but I learned that it is possible to make delicious baked goods in a tiny, tiny kitchen.

blueberry muffins plate

Bon Appetit!



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  1. I’m so happy I discovered your blog yesterday. Your photographs are beautiful and I love your way of writing.
    Good luck with finding new home. Hope you get some nice place soon!
    Btw. I’m amazed you manage to bake in the place you described. My kitchen is always a complete mess even if it’s probably slightly bigger than your current one. Those muffins look divine!

  2. Oh El! I am so sorry to hear such horrible news! It’s surprising that something within your own sanctuary could create such havoc to your health. I’m glad to know that both of you are better. I hope that your journey to find a new home or fix the problem is smooth. These muffins look terrific!

  3. This is the blueberry muffin recipe my grandma makes (she’s originally from New England) and I had no idea why they were called “Jordan Marsh.” My mom didnt’ know either! I’m sending this to her!

  4. I’ve never heard of Jordan marsh muffins but I wish I did sooner! These muffins look so yummy. I think substituting with yogurt is fantastic. Makes me feel less guilty to eat them!

  5. I’m so pleased I found your blog – your photos are stunning! Blueberry muffins are my Dad’s ultimate favourite and these look utterly delicious.

  6. oh my gosh-are you feeling any better? i hope you are and that you are able to find a new place soon!

    i have this recipe and love it! i have memories form childhood shopping at jordan marsh at the braintree plaza and stopping in for a lunch break at their restaurant with my mom and aunt. how fabulous!

  7. I love everything about these muffins – it sounds like a perfect breakfast to me! Kudos for making what you love in the space that you have. Good wishes to you and hope you find a new place soon!

  8. I love muffins and these look wonderful — especially made so by the delight of muffins in what seems like a very trying situation. I am sorry to hear about your house, but its good that you realized you had to leave because I know that situations like that can cause a lot of harm, I hope you are able to recover fully as soon as possible!

  9. Lovely muffins El! Just gorgeous. And believe me, I know what it’s like working in a kitchen the size of a broom closet, as that’s what I have. How I dream of the day I get a decent sized kitchen!

    So glad you’re feeling better. Did you ever find out exactly what was making you ill in your home?

  10. Wonderful looking muffins. It’s such a bummer that your house was making you sick. I’m glad you are both feeling better and I hope that when you find a new home, it is a perfect fit.

  11. I love blueberry muffins when they are bursting with berry flavor. Sorry about your house. That bites. Hope you find a bigger kitchen soon.

  12. oh no…i hope you’re okay and getting better. a similar situation happened to good friends of ours – their flat was making them sick (very sick). they, too, had to move out and had to dispose of basically everything they owned. sending you well wishes. the muffins are simply gorgeous.

  13. Oh my goodness, what a blast from the past! Jordan Marsh was such a big memory of my childhood (I’m from Framingham), so I will have to make these! Feel better soon!

  14. Sounds wonderful! I’m making these TONIGHT, El!

    Ah yes, Jordan Marsh, one of my favorite stores back in the day.

    I’m glad you figured out what was wrong and why you were so sick but what a terrible thing to go through. There really is no place like home.

  15. We had a Jordan Marsh here…their muffins were divine. Neiman’s is one of the few dept. stores around here where you can still eat, sit at a counter or table and enjoy one of their popovers!
    I’m sorry to say I think these terrible food courts are putting them out of business. You can still eat at Bloomies, too.

  16. Wow, I’m so sorry you had to move out of your home because it was making you sick! I guess the good news is that you are feeling better. I can totally sympathize with you regarding baking in a tiny kitchen. Our little Tokyo apartment doesn’t even have a proper oven- we brought over a Black & Decker Countertop Oven so I could do at least some baking! It’s worked great so far but I’ll be glad to have a larger oven (and kitchen) when we return to the states. Good luck with the house hunt!

  17. really? what is it in the house? mold, radon? wow. well glad you got out but are you still in a hotel? small kitchens, yes that is what I have had for the last 2 years: a galley kitchen, maybe 10 sq. ft.? and my fridge is in the LR.
    hope you found a new house. what a nightmare indeed.
    p.s. I have an old Jordan Marsh recipe too, and it does not have the addition of yogurt; I will have to try it this way & see. good luck to you.

  18. there are few things better than a warm blueberry muffin.

    i’m glad to hear that you found the sneaky cause of your sickness…and i commend you on your brave teeny-tiny hotel kitchen adventures πŸ™‚

  19. I am so sorry to hear about your situation. It must be terrible to be ripped away from your home but I’m glad to hear you’re doing better. I also have a tiny kitchen. You did an amazing job with the muffins.

  20. At first, I thought you were talking about a person “Jordan Marsh”….Then I smiled. I worked in the houseware department for years while in college.
    What a great blueberry muffin recipe!

    So sorry about your house-YIKES!!! I hope you find something really soon.

  21. Oh no! Well the good thing is you’ll be moving to somewhere safer. Hope you find a lovely place soon.
    These blueberry muffins look real good! Perfect for breakfast. πŸ™‚

  22. Hello, I just discovered your blog and it looks great! Your photographs look wonderful.
    I think I’ll try your blueberry muffins.
    Sorry to hear about your house. It must be hard getting uprooted like that. But you should see the upside of it. New house, new memories, new inspiration for baking.
    Happy house hunting!


  23. oh no… you have to move! i am so sorry to hear that you have to tackle that big hurdle on top of everything, but glad to hear that you are feeling much better. kudos for whipping up amazing looking treats in such tiny quarters!

  24. I am so sorry about your house!

    I also wonder how some people can cook in a small kitchen. I have a huge countertop and it is always packed.

    As for your muffins, they look amazing πŸ™‚

  25. Frankly I find these muffins to be a Masterpiece! And all done in a tiny hotel kitchen! Amazing.
    I am so sorry to hear about your home. What a nightmare. I hope all are coping well. Heres to you finding the home of your dreams soon.

  26. These muffins look so scrumptious and moist. The pictures are fantastic and gives me the inspiration to take out my frozen blueberries to bake some soon.

  27. My son and I made these tonight and they are wonderful. Fluffy, moist and delish. Any suggestions for keeping tops from getting soft the way muffins do after a few days?

  28. I’m so sorry about all that you’ve been going through. I hope you find a place that you really love and feels like home.

    Your pictures of the muffins are so vivid, that I can taste them. As a kid, my mom used to take me to Jordan Marsh and I remember getting those muffins. A few years ago, I stumbled on the recipe and I’ve been baking it ever since. Such a classic recipe. Never goes out of style.

  29. Glad you’re feeling better but what a terrible situation. Hope it all works out well and that you can bake plenty of muffins in your new home.

  30. Hi El…hmm, was it mold?? Sorry to hear this news! I’ll be thinking of you and hoping that you find a new place that you love.

    In the meantime, I’m thoroughly impressed that you’re baking and photographing food in a hotel room. I can’t say I’d be doing the same thing. These look lovely.

  31. Oh wow, so sorry to hear about the issues with your house El. That’s awful. Hope you guys find something wonderful soon.

    Kudos on baking these muffins in your current digs. I never had a Jordan Marsh muffin but I’ve heard so much about them. I just bought some blueberries today and this is definitely how I’m using them. Thanks πŸ™‚

  32. Oh no!!! Sorry to hear about your home, but glad to know that you are feeling better now and hopefully for a long time to come. I’m attending a baby shower this weekend and these muffins are going to be made in my (also) tiny kitchen, come rain or shine. Good luck with the move and the househunting!

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  34. I know what you are saying about cooking and baking in small spaces. In the summer we camp and in our RV we make the most delicious meals and treats with only a few square feet of space to prepare the meals. But I always bring my favorite kitchen tools with me. I have bookmarked this recipe.

  35. Hello El, I’m sorry to read that you have been so unwell, I had no idea… hopefully you are now on the road to recovery, and a new? home. Love these muffins! Blueberry muffins are among my favourites. Hugs from Downunder.

    1. That’s Okay Lizzie. It’s a post from several years ago- just a good recipe! I’m much better now!! Thank you, though.

  36. Hi, I have just tried this recipe. The muffins are still hot from the oven. I have to say this is the best muffin recipe I have come across. We are travelling and so needed to get rid of things in the fridge. I didn’t want to throw away good food and so I decided to bake the muffins and distribute them to the neighbours to keep an eye on our place as well as for ourselves.
    Love your blog.


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