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Muffin House Cafe in Medway, Massachusetts: the Best Local
Blueberry Muffins of All Time?
Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on Aug. 12, 2021.
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Many remember back in the day the amazing blueberry muffins
from the former Jordan Marsh department stores across New England. That
beloved baked good was chock full of blueberry muffins and had that
crispy, caramelized sugar topping with a soft, flavorful middle. There
was simply, nothing like Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins, and
consequently, the muffin became a household name in New England.
Once Jordan Marsh closed, fans of its blueberry muffins suffered
through many inferior recipes and muffin places trying to duplicate the
legendary taste. It seemed odd that the recipe couldn't be mass
duplicated, as it's not exactly rocket science to make muffins. But we
all know that passion might be the most important element in creating
food, and a local Boston area business owner used his love of baking in
hopes of bringing back the Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin taste to
locals longing for the small domed cake.
Several years ago, Sheldon Strasnick opened the Muffin House in Medway,
Massachusetts and perfectly recreated the Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin
-- perhaps even better. Those who wax nostalgia might be outraged that
this writer would suggest that a blueberry muffin from the cold and
passionless 21st century could outdo the Jordan Marsh version of a
warmer and gentler era, but I think it does. Like the Jordan
Marsh blueberry muffin, the Muffin House blueberry muffin contains
blueberries in every bite and that aforementioned caramelized, crispy
topping and spongy middle, but the Muffin House takes it beyond. The
top of the muffin is bigger than the Jordan Marsh kind and the
consistency is better. This is the beauty of an on-site small business
owner keeping an eagle eye on the quality of his product, starting in
the wee hours of the morning every day.
After several trips to the Muffin House, this is what I have purchased
and quickly savored each time...
While no photograph can ever capture the taste of a blueberry muffin (r any of its other equally delicious muffins),
this gives you an idea of what's in store at the Muffin House.
Mouthwatering, isn't it?
The great news is that the Muffin House is not a one-hit-wonder -- that
is, just offering blueberry muffins. The full-service bakery offers
other flavors of muffins and baked goods that pretty much match the
quality of the blueberry muffin. The apple cinnamon, cranberry orange
and banana chocolate muffins, in particular, are outstanding as well as
the scones and whoopie pies. Breakfast sandwiches, wraps,
paninis, club sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and a wide variety of
teas, smoothies, hot and iced coffees, as well as an espresso bar help
comprise a high-quality cafe and bakery. The dining room is
small-town-pleasant with regulars always gathering, artwork on the
wall, a fireplace, and flat screen television.
I have always enjoyed a good meal or snack here, but if it came down to
ordering one item, it would definitely be the blueberry muffin. Why
not? After all of those years missing the Jordan Marsh blueberry
muffin, making up for lost time is essential when it comes to a classic
blueberry muffin taste!
The Muffin House is located at 116 Main St., #1, Medway MA. Tel.
Be sure to
check out the Muffin
House Cafe for more
information and the Muffin House Cafe Facebook fan page for updates
and great photos!
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