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Muffins: what flavour today?

muffins doneI used to make muffins every morning at 6am. The cafe opened its doors at seven, and I needed to be ready with a fresh “grab and go” item for our regulars, scurrying off to work, too late or too busy to breakfast at home. Using a tried and true fruity muffin recipe, I whittled it back to basics and then on a daily basis varied the fruits, nuts, grains and spices to create an infinite variety.  This is the only muffin recipe you will ever need.

Today I made muffins with grated fresh apple, dates, walnuts and cinnamon. My other half just scoffed three, one after the other, hot  from the oven!

1:  The Basic Muffin Batter Ingredients

2 ½ cups self raising flour

½ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

150g butter or 150mls vegetable oil

Then you choose from the lists below, fruit, nuts, grains, spices and liquid

Method :  Preheat the oven to 200C Grease muffin tins and either line with a paper case or put a small square of baking paper into the base.

Prepare the fruit or veg you intend to use. Melt the butter. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, add the sugar and your choice from list a) and thoroughly combine.  Make a well in the centre, add your choices from lists b), c) and e), the melted butter and roughly beaten eggs and mix. Slowly add enough liquid from list d) to make a batter of a similar stiffness as whipped cream. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, sprinkle with topping, then bake until well risen and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Cool on a wire. Makes 12–18 muffins depending on the size.


2:  The Muffin Flavouring Ingredients  

a)      Choose one from this list

½ cup almond meal

½ cup poppy seeds

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup psyllium husks

½ cup coconut

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

½ cup flour extra

       b )    Choose up to 1 ½ cups from this list

½ cup chopped figs or dried apricots softened in ¼ cup boiling water

½ cup jam

½ cup Natural yoghurt

1 fresh apple, grated

Carrot, grated

Zucchini, grated

Banana, mashed

Pear, grated

Firm fruit puree eg, rhubarb, apple, plums

        c)   Choose one extra loose ingredient, optional

½ cup chopped nuts

½ cup chopped dried fruit sultanas, raisins, currants, craisins or chopped figs

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup raspberries

½ cup choc chips

d)   Choose a liquid, or a combination of liquids, ¼ – ½ cup.


Fruit juice


        e)    Choose  aromatics

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Zest of 1 lemon

Zest of 1 orange

Zest of 1 lime

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon mixed spice

½ teaspoon cloves plus ½ teaspoon allspice

3: Muffin toppings ingredients:

Cinnamon sugar – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 2 teaspoons castor sugar

Shredded coconut

Rolled oats

Finely chopped nuts

Flaked almonds


Combinations that I found work very well:

Chopped dried apricots, dessicated coconut

Carrot, walnuts, glace ginger, cloves

Mashed banana and choc chips

Blueberries, almond meal

Sultanas, oats and yoghurt

Poppy seeds, yoghurt, orange zest and juice

Cocoa and raspberries

Dried Apple, grated fresh apple, apple juice and oats

…………………………………………………………………………….What can you create?


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

4 comments on “Muffins: what flavour today?

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  4. trangquynh
    July 8, 2012

    I love the way you bake muffins every morning, what a warm, healthy and delicious breakfast ^^


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