Blueberry Muffin - Blue Sky Bakery - 53 5th Ave. - Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY
This is the best god damned muffin I’ve ever eaten.

Muffin Card! - Blue Sky Bakery - 53 5th Ave. - Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY
I didn’t know it was acceptable to use those words until my first visit to Blue Sky Bakery, a modest hallway of a bake shop just a few steps from where I lay my head in Park Slope. A muffin and coffee from Blue Sky quickly became my last-resort breakfast on weekdays and my after-breakfast bite on weekends.

Early this afternoon I noshed my way to my first free muffin and coffee from the bakery, a gift offered for anyone who brings his muffin card to the counter a dozen times. Have I been to any other New York eatery a dozen times in the past two years? Aside from Peter Pan Bakery and Minca ramen, it’s highly unlikely. It’s the best $3.50 I can recommend spending between dawn and lunchtime.

Blueberry Muffin - Blue Sky Bakery - 53 5th Ave. - Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY
Danny once referred to Blue Sky’s blueberry muffin as “life-altering,” and I have to agree. Biting into one of these beauts redefines the word “muffin” for anyone used to dense clumps of chewy cake batter, sugar-crusted lumps of oil, and joyless heaps of bran that seem to be forged in black holes of dryness.

Like that of an artisanal bread, a hefty, well-defined crust encases Blue Sky’s muffin. A thin coat of sugar brushed atop glistens just slightly on a sunny morning, and when your teeth penetrate the surface they’re met with a confident crunch. Each tray’s innards differs slightly, but the classic varieties share a moist, fluffy texture that never dips into the excess of cake.

Blue Sky’s fillings sit in the center of the muffin, more often then not still warm when served in simple pairings and trios. Cranberry and peach; blueberry and sweet plum; zucchini, raspberry and chocolate; pumpkin, apple and walnut; and an endless string of other combinations strike with a freshness and purpose impossible to imagine in the stock muffins sitting behind the glass display at the local coffee shop.

Bran Muffin - Blue Sky Bakery - 53 5th Ave. - Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY
Even Blue Sky’s bran muffins are heavenly. Just look at that glorious crust!

Raspberry Mango Bran Muffin - Blue Sky Bakery - 53 5th Ave. - Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY
Though noticeably more heavyset than their white-flour sisters, these muffins somehow feel less dense; their texture is porous, spongy and moist. Where one would normally brace for the dry, crumbly and insipid charms of ye olde bran muffin-shaped conscience soother, Blue Sky offers a nutty, grainy and all-around pleasant way to bid last night’s post-beer French fries adieu.

Butter Croissant - Blue Sky Bakery - 53 5th Ave. - Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY
Every so often I step in to Blue Sky and order something that is not a muffin. Particularly nice are the bakery’s croissants, which I’ve praised in the past as a light, buttery antidote to the shitty croissant blues. They’re not as life-altering as the muffins, but they earn just as much karma for protecting the sanctity of a baker’s classic.

Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Muffin - Blue Sky Bakery - 53 5th Ave. - Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY
My favorite muffin among the Blue Sky roster is anything made with pumpkin, so I sprang for this pumpkin, raspberry and pecan treat when free muffin day came about. It’s my perfect mate to a black dark roast – slightly sweet, slightly aromatic, slightly spiced, plenty nutty and punctuated by the occasional tartness of half-liquified raspberry.

It was this Tuesday’s breakfast of last resort, but even as food on the go it forced a pause for every bite. After all, this was the best god damned muffin I’ve ever eaten.

Blue Sky Bakery
53 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.783.4123

Comments

Nicholas March 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

my head’s not working quite right right now, but what’s the stamp on the card supposed to be?

James Boo March 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm

It’s a muffin, but I wouldn’t hold against anyone who doesn’t make that one, even in person.

Michael Smith March 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

The blue sky blueberry muffin looks very tasty. I am getting hungry just look at it.

Michael from Banjos For Sale

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