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Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins

Many of us remember these great muffins...they're back!


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    1. re: Science Chick

      Mostly blueberries with just a little muffin holding them together. Irresistible!

    2. They have been selling them ever since they bought Jordan Marshes Enchanted Village. I bought some last year (two years ago?) and they are exactly the same. Sickly sweet and more like blueberry cake with way too much sugar on top.

      1. Gosh the Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin is one of those eternal Boston Chowhound memes can't believe they actually came back from the dead.

        1. I first had them bout 20 years ago when they were sold at the Rainbow Cafe(I think thats was the name) at the Copley Mall. When I found out My husbands Babcia (Grandmother) used to work at Jordan Marsh I asked if him if she ever brought some home he said that she did but he did not want/appreciate them
          at the time. The fool!

          1. These were such a treat for me and my sisters when we had a shopping run at Jordan Marsh. I blame these muffins for my lifelong obsession with blueberries. Now...to find someone who has good reason to drive to Jordan's so I can get my hand on these.

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            1. re: kobuta

              Now all we need to locate are Gilcrist's macaroons, Warmuth's prune danish, and Dorothy Muriel's Beacon Hill cake, and we can have a total 1960's reunion! Miss them all.

              1. re: random amblings

                Lydia Shire was on a lengthy quest to reconstruct the butterscotch sauce used for ice cream sundaes at Bailey's—another local taste memory. I think I only ever had Bailey's hit fudge myself.

            2. I never had the original back in the day, but I swear I saw Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffin on the menu at Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton Centre and I remember it being a tasty muffin.

              1. My Aunt would always buy us the Jordan Marsh strawberry tarts whenever she made the trek into Boston. Those were my favorites with huge ripe strawberries, wonderful pastry cream and a strawberry gelatin glaze in a pate brisee shell. They were quite expensive for their time (50? years ago), but she never failed us.


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                1. re: JoJo5

                  Oh, my mother adored the strawberry tarts too! It was her only indulgence whenever we went "in town" to shop. I never wanted to try one because, in my child's mind, dessert HAD to be chocolate!

                2. Am i mixing it up in my head? Could you also get them at the Natick store? i seem to remember going upstairs where you could also pay bills and mom getting some there. we are talking EARLY 60,s though, 50 years ago.

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                  1. re: hyde

                    Yes. We used to get them at the Framingham store bakery at Jordan Marsh at Shopper's World. The bakery was on a mezzanine going down to ground level, I think. I wish i had the recipe for the muffins.

                    1. re: cwinboston

                      thanks, growing up in sherborn i knew we had them on a semi-regular basis but we didnt go into town much.

                      1. re: cwinboston

                        I used to get them in Braintree and sadly I had a recipe that was published in the newspaper that I used for years. Of course when looking for it today, I can't find it anywhere!

                        1. re: Pegmeister

                          There are a lot of recipes online. Here's the link to one of them: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,194,1...

                          1. re: cwinboston

                            I've made a few of them. Some result in pretty good muffins, some not even that, but none is the real deal, sadly.

                            The ones I've had at Jordan's are very close, and worth the trip at least once.

                            1. re: pollystyrene

                              I seem to remember the sugar on top being small granulated rather than the large crunchy stuff that people seem to use these days. Am I correct? and which type is Jordans Furn using? Has anyone else tried them and made judment yet? The muffins at the Wakefield Blue Canoe/Irving Gas station are actually the closest I have had to the original thus far... Others have found this true at other Blue Canoes. Whoops they are actually now CIrcle Ks... Very moist and often full of berries and good flavor cake-ish muffin

                              1. re: chompie

                                I haven't been yet this year, so my memory is fuzzy, but I think you're right about the small-grained sugar. And they use lots of it so the top is uniformly crusty. One difference I do remember about the Jordan's Furniture ones is that they were not quite as big, so didn't have the signature square top that the old Jordan Marsh ones did.

                                1. re: chompie

                                  I really like that Blueberry muffin too. I found out about it a few years ago from a chow hound post. Their cupcakes are good too!

                      2. I haven't tasted the original to compare but the Wholy Grain on Shawmut in the South End sells a very tasty blueberry muffin they call a Jordan Marsh.

                        1. If you want the top like the originals had, butter the top of the muffin when it's hot out of the oven, and then dip in a saucer/small bowl of sugar. It'll harden up and be that delicious sugary crust...yummy!

                          1. It seems every other person claims to have the original recipe for these wonderful muffins. Back in the 1990s I published a recipe I had found in the newspaper. It was called Trash can muffins, and originated as an anonymous submission to the old Gus Saunders recipe show. A man wrote to me and told me a story that his aunt was the one who had called in offering the recipe, and that she had gotten it from the baker at Jordan Marsh. He had given her a reduced quantity recipe, with no claim that it was THE recipe. But you can judge by the results. Don't try to hack off the odd tablespoonfuls. No guarantees if you do.
                            The “Trash Can” Muffins yields 2-3 dz.

                            1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsifted all purpose flour
                            1 teaspoon salt
                            1 cup plus 1 tablespoon solid shortening (Crisco)
                            2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
                            5 extra large eggs
                            2 cups plus 1 tablespoon unsifted all purpose flour
                            1 teaspoon baking soda
                            1 Tablespoon baking powder
                            1 cup buttermilk
                            2 teaspoons vanilla
                            2 2/3 cups cake flour (Soft-as-Silk is one brand)
                            2 pints blueberries or 4 cups other fruit.
                            2 egg whites, beaten with 1 tablespoon water until frothy
                            additional sugar

                            Preheat oven to 400. Cream first all purpose flour with salt, shortening, and sugar. Add eggs all at once and beat 3 minutes with electric mixer. Add remaining remaining all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder. Beat again. Blend in buttermilk and vanilla. Add cake flour and beat until mixed. Batter will be very stiff. Fold in fruit of choice, dividing batter if you want to make several kinds. Grease muffin tins well and fill 3/4 full. Brush egg white mixture over tops with brush or your fingertips. Sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden. Let cool in tins for 10 minutes, then remove to racks to finish cooling. Batter may be stored 3 days before baking. I usually add the fruit just before baking, however.

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                            1. re: random amblings

                              I'm the guy with the aunt. Wasn't your handle muckheide or something like that at the time?
                              Hope you enjoy the muffins...they're the real thing.

                              1. re: gerryjones

                                LOL Our paths keep crossing. This recipe is still the best. Good memory. muck er heide

                            2. Here's yet another recipe claiming that I cut out of the Boston Globe in 1977.

                              The official Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffin Recipe

                              1/2 cup shortening (see note)
                              1 cup granulated sugar
                              1 teaspoon of vanilla
                              2 eggs
                              1/2 teaspoon of salt
                              2 teaspoons baking powder
                              2 cups all purpose flour
                              1/2 cup of milk
                              1 pint blueberries
                              sugar for top

                              Note: shortening may be all vegetable solid, all butter, all magarine, or a 50/50 blend.

                              Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Clean and rinse blueberries. Grease muffin pan and lightly flour it. Grease the top of the pan too as muffins will peak and cause a mushroom effect on top.
                              Beat shortening with sugar and vanilla until well mixed. Beat in eggs. Mix dry ingredients and mix in alternately with the milk. Fold in blueberries. Batter will be very heavy.
                              Fill muffin cups to top.

                              Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Lower heat to 375 degrees and bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes until golden. Cool and remove from pans. Makes one dozen.

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                              1. re: JoJo5

                                My sister has this recipe and they're pretty darn close to what I remember...

                              2. I bought a box of Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins at BJ's a couple of years ago. They were good muffins, but not as good as the memory, of course. We had cousins who would bring them back from shopping trips to Boston to us provincials in RI.

                                They used to bring Eagerman's "baigels" too!

                                1. We can also add the chicken pot pie from the restaurant on the 8th floor in Filenes. It was a big deal going in town with my mom & sister- white gloves, fancy hats, dresses and sunday dress shoes. Mom would finish our shopping with lunch at Filene's restaurant including the ice cream in a dish with the clown face and the sugar cone hat then it would be off to the swan boats before we went back home on the train... Anyone else remember this place?

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                                  1. re: MeffaBabe

                                    OMG, our weekly downtown shopping trip when I was a kid always ended at Filene's restaurant up there on the 8th floor! I remember the wallpaper being a light blue with sketches of hot-air balloons and the "window" was off to far left as you entered. My mother had to have their chicken pie every single time. On occasion she'd buy a strawberry tart at the little bakery display case on the way out.

                                    I have no memory of what I ate, mostly because I remember her utter chicken pie joy.

                                  2. At Uno Due Go in Downtown Crossing the pastry section sells "Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins".