A Simple recipe for Muffins.

So it’s the second day of 2010, and I’m looking for something simple to do which doesn’t involve going outdoors today.
So I made some muffins, here’s the recipe for a basic muffin mixture to which you can add many different flavours:

  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 75g caster sugar
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 225ml milk
  • 110g of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (not the same as mere “vanilla flavour”)

Method.

  • Place twelve muffin cases in to a baking tray, if you don’t have a muffin tray a shallow pie-tray works nearly as well.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together in to a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together with the sugar, milk, vanilla. Melt the butter and add it to the wet mixture slowly, while whisking it.
  • Put the oven on, to heat to 180 Celsius.
  • Fold the dry mixture in to the wet mixture to form a lumpy batter. Don’t over-mix it, simply because the baking powder is now wet and producing carbon dioxide. Any delay now will limit how light and fluffy the baked muffins will be. The secret is to start the cooking as soon as you can.
  • I used a 125g packet of Blueberries, although I would have used two of them if I’d had them. Other options are (say) 75g of dark chocolate chips, plus 75g of white chocolate chips. One of my other favourites is about 150g of glace cherries, the tri-coloured type (washed and sliced in half).
  • Mix in the flavouring (Blueberries e.t.c.), divide the mixture in to the twelve muffin cases and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.

The baking time will vary depending on the type of oven you have, consider turning the tray part-way though the baking time.

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