Can’t get enuffin of muffins
OK – so that was a really bad attempt at being witty and humorous but I should get a couple of brownie points for trying, right? Mmmmmm….brownies….yum. Must look into a brownie recipe sometime soon. Anyway, back to the topic in hand. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I really love muffins. Anything delicious that can be made in bigger portions is a winner in my books, and muffins are no exception. The number of different flavours you can create AND they can be either sweet or savoury really does make this particular food item rather special. Below, is a basic sweet muffin recipe with some different flavouring options. If you want to make a savoury muffin, just omit the sugar and vanilla extract. Now go forth and bake my dear friends! This recipe makes 12 yummy muffins.
Basic sweet muffin recipe
2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
½ cup caster sugar
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup oil, either canola or vegetable
Pre-heat oven to 180˚C. Line the muffin pan with patty pans or if you don’t have patty pans, lightly grease the holes with melted butter (I used patty pans).
Combine the sifted flour and sugar in a bowl, and make a well in the centre.
Whisk the milk, vanilla extract, egg and oil in a jug. Add the wet ingredients to your dry ingredients. Now is the time to also add any other ingredients, and fold gently until just combined. Make sure you are gentle when mixing in the ingredients and not beating them in, because the muffins will end up being dense and not fluffy.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan and throw into the oven for about 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before turning them out on to a wire rack to cool.
You can basically add whatever you want into the basic mixture. Here are a few flavours that I have made recently:
- Blueberry – add 150g fresh or frozen blueberries.
- Raspberry and chocolate (pictured above right) – add 150g fresh or frozen raspberries and ½ cup dark chocolate chips.
- Apple and cinnamon (pictured above bottom left) – add ½ cup of grated apple (peeled and cored first) and 1 tsp of cinnamon.
- Banana and chocolate (pictured above top left) – add ½ cup mashed over ripe bananas (this equates to roughly 2 small bananas) and ½ cup dark chocolate chips.