blueberry-mascarpone muffins

June 11, 2012

in Breakfast & Muffins

I like to think Monday morning calls for a freshly baked muffin. As you ease your way into a new week, a warm muffin is just the thing to take the edge off of looming responsibilities and deadlines. One bite of these blueberry-Mascarpone muffins, and you’ll find your spirits instantly lifted. I promise.

Fragrant with orange blossom honey and lemon zest, these muffins are bursting with sweet and juicy Driscoll’s blueberries. A hidden pocket of creamy Mascarpone in the center pushes these into best-ever blueberry muffin territory. After a delicious breakfast like this, you’ll be ready for whatever the day brings.

Blueberry-Mascarpone Muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup fresh Driscoll’s blueberries
1/4 cup Mascarpone, divided
1 Tbsp turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; coat baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, egg, honey, oil, vanilla, and lemon zest in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Gently fold in blueberries.

Fill each baking cup with a rounded tablespoon of batter, then add 1 teaspoon Mascarpone. Top with another rounded tablespoon of batter (each baking cup will be 2/3 full) and sprinkle turbinado sugar evenly over muffins. Bake for 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve warm or cool completely. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)
Calories – 150
Carbs – 21

FTC: Driscoll’s provided me with coupons for recipe development. I was not compensated in any other way and was not obligated to write or recommend the berries. All opinions are my own.

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40 Comments

1 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) June 11, 2012

It would have been so nice to start my Monday morning with these muffins. I love blueberries in baked goods and you can’t ever go wrong with mascarpone. I can just imagine the lovely texture of these muffins, yum!

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2 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 11, 2012

I’m totally on board with these muffins! And the addition of mascarpone is absolutely genius!

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3 Valerie June 11, 2012

I can almost smell these through the screen! I love the additions of orange blossom honey and mascarpone cheese!! (And I also love that gorgeous table linen.)

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4 Laura @ Family Spice June 11, 2012

Yeah! You used honey!!! I’m so glad these turned out for you. I love seeing the blueberry juice spilling all over the muffins! And I agree with Valerie- gorgeous table linens!

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5 Tutti Dolci June 11, 2012

Using honey worked perfectly thanks to your tips! :)

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6 Patty June 11, 2012

I would like to start my day with one of these muffins! I’ve been thinking about using mascarpone in my baking, it does sound delicious with the blueberries;-)

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7 Cassie (bake your day) June 11, 2012

I bet these are so incredibly moist. They look wonderful!

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8 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) June 11, 2012

love the mascarpone in these muffins! sounds delicious!

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9 Karen (Back Road Journal) June 11, 2012

The mascarpone centers must really make these muffins a standout. A lovely way indeed to start the day.

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10 Magic of Spice June 11, 2012

These would be heavenly any day of the week! Orange blossom, honey and lemon zest almond with these blueberries…Oh my!

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11 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers June 11, 2012

I believe you! Oh, how I wish I can have at least one when I wake up any day of the week. It sounds so delicious. You put all the ingredients that are just captivating. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe!

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12 Jennifer | Mother Thyme June 11, 2012

Blueberry Muffins are my favorite! I love the addition of mascarpone cheese in these. Fabulous recipe!

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13 Julia {The Roasted Root} June 11, 2012

I could eat blueberry muffins every day…your mascarpone in the middle sounds fantastic – I’ve never had a muffin with yummy creamy mascarpone in the center! Love the recipe and looking forward to trying it!

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14 Suzanne June 11, 2012

These sound so good, I love blueberry muffins and with some mascarpone cheese yum! Definitely a good Monday breakfast!

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15 nina June 11, 2012

I wud love to start my monday morning with these gorgeous muffins:). I love the mascarpone and blueberry…its a great combo. You make it look so beautiful and tempting…am craving for some:)

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16 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 12, 2012

Ooh a centre of mascarpone? Be still my beating heart! :D

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17 Baker Street June 12, 2012

Love the idea of mascarpone in my muffins and you know I am totally on board with the idea of a muffin on monday morning. :)

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18 the wicked noodle June 12, 2012

Mascarpone in muffins? Dreamy sigh…sounds absolutely heavenly. Love that there’s also orange blossom honey & lemon zest – what a great combo with the berries! I’m a big Driscoll’s fan!

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19 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 12, 2012

Love the addition of orange blossom honey and mascarpone to these beautiful muffins. I bet they just taste wonderful. Pinning now. :-)

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20 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 12, 2012

So delicious!! I love how there is mascarpone in the middle!

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21 Deb June 12, 2012

My husband adores blueberries! This just might be the perfect treat for Father’s Day breakfast this weekend. The scoop of mascarpone will be a very pleasant surprise for my resident blueberry lover. A delicious post!

BTW: I finally went cherry picking yesterday! Cherry “something” for dessert tonight!

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22 Lizzy (Good Things) June 12, 2012

Laura, I adore blueberry muffins, they are among my favourites. And Driscolls usually have beautiful berries. Your recipe is superb!

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23 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings June 12, 2012

Yummy! So got a a “not-so-sweet” batch of blueberries from the grocery store. It’s a bit too tart to eat by themselves, so guess where they are going? Into muffins!!! I hope I have some mascarpone in my fridge! These look deeeee-lish!

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24 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin June 12, 2012

These really do sound like the ultimate blueberry muffin! :) Thank you for reminding me that it’s been far too long since I’ve brightened my Monday morning with a fresh, warm muffin!

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25 Priscilla@ShesCookin June 12, 2012

Yum! A muffin with mascarpone AND blueberries – yes, please. From now on I think I’ll just pour my coffee and surf the web for delicious muffins every Monday :)

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26 Jen @ Savory Simple June 12, 2012

Mascarpone sounds perfect here. Love!

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27 Marina@ Picnic at Marina June 12, 2012

What a beautiful muffins and a great recipe. I love adding mascarpone to muffins, it taste so good! :)

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28 Moya June 12, 2012

I know I would enjoy these muffins every day of the week! Orange blossom honey, mascarpone and blueberries… I am sure they taste so delicious. :)

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29 Jennifer (Delicieux) June 12, 2012

Blueberry muffins are my favourite muffin flavour, but with mascarpone they truly sound divine!

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30 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 13, 2012

Gorgeous muffins! Love the addition of mascarpone in there!

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31 Sandra's Easy Cooking June 13, 2012

Yum yum….would love those beauties with my morning coffee!:) They look so tasty!!!!

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32 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 13, 2012

Your Mondays seem a lot more calm and elegant with these muffins than my crazy Monday mornings! LOL. None of us can barely get up before 7am and I have to rush everyone to get ready, yelling “quickly!” many times so that we can leave the house before 8am for school… BUT now it’s summer and we’re a little more relaxed. Maybe muffin on Monday is possible if “I” wake up early? =) Beautiful and delicious post, Laura!

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33 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 14, 2012

Am I too late for muffins? This recipe sounds to die for and what beautiful photographs!

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34 Laura June 14, 2012

Love, love, love the idea of mascarpone in a muffin!

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35 Beth June 14, 2012

I love blueberry muffins, and this variation sounds terrific. The addition of mascarpone is great!

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36 Stefanie June 14, 2012

Yum! I have some mascarpone in my frig right now, and some blueberries in the freezer… I’m thinking I’ll just have to try these!! Look absolutely delish!

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37 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen June 16, 2012

The cream center sounds perfect here. A great twist on those beautiful, tinted muffins!

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38 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} June 17, 2012

Hubby loves blueberry muffins and I’m in love with the mascarpone addition. Can’t wait to give these a try!

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39 Bincy April 12, 2013

How long are these muffins good for, after they are baked? I’m thinking of sending them to family in another state. Thanks!

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40 Tutti Dolci April 12, 2013

Hi Bincy, these muffins are delicious but I don’t recommend them for shipping… they have a dollop of Mascarpone cheese in the center, so I store them in the refrigerator once fully cool. If you are set on blueberries, I’d recommend my blueberry-lemon loaf cake or chocolate-banana muffins if you want to make muffins.

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