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Sunday Brunch: The Best Blueberry Muffins

[Photo: Robin Bellinger]

My favorite recipes for blueberry muffins are sweet and cake-like enough to make Andrew's eyebrows rocket up in disapproval, so I've been on the hunt for a healthier alternative. While this recipe isn't exactly healthy—especially if you're out of vegetable oil and use a half cup of melted butter instead, as I did—it does include some bran, gets part of its sweetness from maple syrup, and offers plenty of gleaming berries.

I don't make muffins often because if they're around I'll eat them one after another, whether they're mediocre or stellar. I should really reserve them for occasions when guests will help me out by eating their share. The best accompaniments for blueberry muffins are, of course, bacon and eggs, but to keep things lighter you might offer ramekins of plain full-fat yogurt with drizzles of maple syrup, and a bowl of clementines for those who want a little something more.

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