Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bran-tastic muffins

This week I had a hankerin' for my Grandma Vernie's raisin bran muffins. She made them often when we slept over - in fact there was often a bowl of the batter in the fridge ready to go. I think she called the Camping muffins or something like that. At any rate, it was always so nice to wake up in her apartment with the smell of fresh muffins wafting over to the pull out couch!

So, I set off on a mission to find the newspaper clipping of the recipe that she used. I know I have it somewhere.... but I couldn't find it. (Anyone who knows me, knows that organization is not my gift.) So, I found a recipe online, of course. It worked out for the best, because I'm excited I found Pinch of Yum, a Minneapolis food blogger. Her recipes look delicious! I'm quite certain this Mac & Cheese recipe will be tested out this weekend.

But I digress. This recipe says you can save the leftover batter in the fridge and microwave it in a mug when you want a muffin. I forgot to do that. Oh well, there's *just* enough room in my freezer for some muffins for me and the babes. Many raisin bran muffin recipes I looked at online called for buttermilk, which I NEVER have on hand. I like how this one provided a substitute of milk + plain yogurt.
I'm slightly obsessed with taking batter photos, though they don't
really show much about the recipe... but they do show
off my 1970s orange Tupperware flour and sugar canisters!

Pinch of Yum's Raisin Bran Muffins
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk (sub 1 cup milk and 1 cup plain yogurt)
  • 4 cups Raisin Bran cereal
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  1. Mix in order and bake in muffin tin at 400 degrees for 12-20 minutes, depending on pan size. (My large muffin tin took about 18 minutes). Let cool at least 10 minutes. Top with butter and honey.
  2. Save leftover batter in the refrigerator. For individual servings, scoop into ramekin/mug and microwave for 1 minute.

The finished result. I had mine with a healthy (?) dose of butter. Babies had theirs plain.

They don't look like how I remember my grandma's muffins looking - I can picture hers being brannier and darker. But, they look and taste good, nonetheless!
Eager to try it!
Nom Nom Nom

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