Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins are divine cake-like muffins studded with blueberries, in fact there are 2 full cups of blueberries in this muffin recipe that produces one dozen muffins. Jordan Marsh was a chain of nice department stores in New England with a bakery that was famous for its blueberry muffins. In 1996 the last of the Jordan Marsh stores were converted to Macy’s due to bankruptcy. Jordan Marsh sold clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, housewares and beauty products.

A Brief History of Jordan Marsh and Company

In 1861 partners Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin L. Marsh began selling directly to the public in a brownstone building in Boston’s downtown shopping district. After the American Civil War, Jordan Marsh expanded, offering an increasing quantity and variety of goods. Eventually the partners established the nation’s first “departmentalized” store.

Jordan Marsh and Company, in addition to establishing the first department store, introduced the concept of “department shopping.” An elegant atmosphere with excellent personal service where “the customer is always right” was combined with a wide variety of merchandise. Shoppers could attend fashion shows, art exhibits, afternoon concerts and visit the bakery famous for its blueberry muffins.

Jordan Marsh and Company was the first to offer credit in the form of charge accounts and to offer money-back guarantees. Technically Jordan Marsh featured electric lights, telephones, elevators and pneumatic tubes that delivered cash and credit information to individual departments.

The Recipe for Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins are prepared by first creaming butter with sugar, the same method used for making a cake. These muffins are very cake-like with a fine texture and tender crumb. No doubt these qualities made these muffins famous!

Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins
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This recipe is for the Blueberry Muffins that were sold in the bakery at the Jordan Marsh stores in New England. These muffins are studded with blueberries and are cakelike in texture.
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/2 cup milk
  9. 2 cups blueberries
  10. 3 teaspoons sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.
  5. Crush 1/2 cup berries with a fork and fold into the batter. Fold in remaining whole berries.
  6. Line a 12-cup muffin standard muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill with batter.
  7. Sprinkle 3 teaspoons sugar over the tops of the muffins and bake for 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  8. Remove muffins from tin and cool at least 30 minutes.
  9. Store, uncovered, or the muffins will be too moist the second day, if they last that long!
Adapted from New York Times 1987
Adapted from New York Times 1987

Closing Comments

As I was reading about the history of Jordan Marsh (reference: Wikipedia) I was struck by the similarities of the Jordan Marsh and Company’s history with the history of Selfridge’s in London. I don’t know if you’ve seen the PBS program Mr.Selfridge but it was a period drama about an American who opened the first department store in London. Mr. Selfridge did a lot of the same things that Jordan Marsh and Company did to attract and keep customers with fashion shows, a restaurant, exhibits of various types and concerts. Early on in the series, the beauty products department was moved to the first floor of the store and was one of the first departments the shopper encountered upon entering the store. This practice is still in effect in most department stores today!  These were huge changes for the times in which they occurred that we all just take for granted now.  

I hope you enjoyed the history of Jordan Marsh and Company who were innovators of their times and I hope you will try their famous Blueberry Muffin recipe!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Katzcradul’s Blueberry Banana Cream Pie


Blueberry Banana Cream Pie

Blueberry Banana Cream Pie is truly a scrumptious treat! This recipe, which has won 2 pie contests in the past, is presented to you today. Blueberry Banana Cream Pie is a wonderful pie to make in the months of the year when fresh fruit is not readily available. Although, I would eat this pie any time of year – it’s that tasty!

Watching YouTube

I have learned so many things from watching videos posted to youtube. In fact, I set up my website myself after watching and rewatching various videos on how to start a website, all on youtube. I’ve learned how to make a bracelet and earrings by watching youtube. I’ve made a baby quilt by watching a how-to video on youtube. I’ve also obtained some great recipes from watching different cooks that post videos on youtube. One can find a video on how to do almost anything on youtube!

One of my favorite youtube “stars” to watch is Katzcradul. It’s interesting to watch her videos because you only hear her melodious voice and see her hands completing the steps in a particular recipe or giving instructions for canning various foods or whatever. It lends a sense of mystery to the video! I believe she is a teacher as her instructions are detailed and thorough.

After I watched her video titled “Show Stopper Pie” I knew I had to try the recipe since the ingredients include blueberry pie filling and bananas. (One of my favorite smoothies combines blueberries and bananas.) I adapted the recipe from Katzcradul slightly – I used a graham cracker crust instead of a baked pie crust. Blueberry Banana Cream Pie is so creamy and delicious in a graham cracker crust. But use the crust that you prefer when you make this wonderful pie.

The Methodology

If you’ve chosen to make Blueberry Banana Cream Pie using a regular pie crust, you will need to bake it first and let it cool before adding the filling. If you’re using a graham cracker crust, you’re ready to start preparing the filling. First, cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar are mixed together in a mixing bowl. Whipped topping or whipped cream (your choice) are added and mixed well. (I’ve made this with Cool Whip and I’ve made it with whipped cream, both with great results. So again, it’s your choice.)

Next, slice the bananas and place a layer of them on the bottom and side of the pie shell. Then add a layer of the whipped topping mixture.

Then add a layer of blueberry pie filling over the whipped cream mixture. Add another layer of sliced bananas.

Put the remainder of the whipped topping mixture on top of the pie and smooth it out to the edge of the crust. Spoon the remaining blueberry pie filling in the center of the whipped topping layer, leaving a wide border of the whipped topping layer exposed.

Chill Blueberry Banana Cream Pie for at least 6 hours or overnight before serving. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the pie to chill before cutting it!

Here’s the printable recipe, complete with measurements:

Blueberry Banana Cream Pie
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A scrumptious pie combining a creamy layer with layers of banana and blueberry pie filling.
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  1. 1 8" or 9" baked pie shell -OR- 1 8" or 9" graham cracker crust
  2. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 3 cups whipped topping or whipped cream
  6. 3 medium bananas
  7. 1 21-ounce can blueberry pie filling
  1. Slice bananas into 1/4" slices.
  2. Line the bottom and sides of the crust with a single layer of slice bananas.
  3. Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract in mixer until smooth.
  4. Add whipped topping or whipped cream to mixture and blend well.
  5. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over the bananas in the bottom of the crust.
  6. Spoon slightly more than half of the pie filling over the creamy layer.
  7. Add another layer of sliced bananas over the pie filling, then the remainder of the creamy mixture.
  8. Spread the creamy mixture to the edges of the crust, covering the bananas completely.
  9. Spoon the remainder of the pie filling on the center of the pie, leaving a wide border of the creamy layer exposed.
  10. Chill at least 6 hours.
  1. If bananas are small, 4 may be needed to have enough slices for this pie.
I’m embedding the video from Katzcradul called “Show Stopper Pie” in case you’d like to see it. It runs 13 minutes and 14 seconds long.


Many thanks to Katzcradul for sharing this superb recipe with all of us!

Remember to Savor the Flavor – blueberry and bananas! Yummmm!


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