Sunday, February 20, 2011

If you give a Gooch a Muffin...

If you give a Gooch a muffin... he'll probably want another one (even if it's a bran muffin)

Bran muffins definitely were not my muffin of choice.  Every time I had one, they were dry, heavy and had no flavor.  My mother got this recipe from a friend, and, like every other recipe, we have been experimenting with it.  

I am not sure it's the healthiest, but I will eat them in the morning between 6 and 7 and not get hungry until lunch (even being pregnant).  

The best thing about this recipe is, you make it and cook the muffins as you want them.  

6 Week Bran Muffins

1(10 oz.) Box Bran Cereal
5C. Flour
3C Sugar
5tsp. Baking Soda
2tsp. Salt
1qt. (4 cups) Buttermilk
1C. oil

Yield: between 50-60 muffins (depending on size)
Mix Bran, flour, baking Soda, Sugar and salt. I mix until the bran has been beat down.

Then add buttermilk, eggs and oil. Mix until all of the ingredients are blended.  

Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator. The batter is better after it has set overnight.  

When you are ready to make muffins, take out only what you need.  If you are not going to add anything to the batter, spray muffin tins with oil (liners are optional)  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (or until they are baked all the way through) or 7-8 minutes in the Babycakes cupcake maker.  

**If the muffins are dry, and the batter is super thick, you can add buttermilk to the batter until it is at the desired consistency. 

Here is where the experimenting part comes in...If you want to add anything to the batter, scoop out however many muffins you are going to make (I use a medium sized cookie scoop) and put it into a bowl.  Then add one of the many options below.  (measurements below are when making 6-8 regular sized muffins, if you are baking more than that, you will need to adjust):

-Orange zest and cranberries: zest of 1 orange, a couple of tablespoons of orange juice and a handful of craisins
-Dried blueberries/strawberries: add in a handful of your favorite dried fruit
-Banana: Mash up and add to mix (with or without pecans), they are very moist!! 
1 mashed banana

-Chocolate Chip: add a handful of Chocolate chips, I use the mini chocolate chips (Chocolate chip is my favorite way to have the muffins) 
-A Spoonful of your favorite jam: it just adds a little fruity flavor
-Raisins: add a handful of raisins to the batter
I have also used 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 regular flower, the batter was dry, so I added more buttermilk to get it to the consistency I wanted.  

For Christmas, I received a Babycakes cupcake maker.  I have been using it in the mornings, to make these before school. You don't have to turn on the oven, and the muffins only have to cook for 7-8 minutes (do not need liners). When you are done, you just wipe it down. 

This is definitely one of my favorite cooking gadgets right now.  
For our Valentine's Day party at school, we made cupcakes using the cupcake maker and we had a cupcake party. 

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