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The absolute resource on everything you ever wanted to know about muffins!

The Joy Of Baking
The name 'Muffin' either comes from the
French word 'moufflet', meaning a soft
bread, or from the German word 'muffe'
which is the name for a type of cake.
Basic Muffins

Muffins are easy to make - in forty minutes you could be enjoying freshly baked muffins. You
do need to have a muffin pan, but other than that the ingredients are simple and usually found
around the house. The trick to great muffins is not to beat the batter too much. Mix all the wet
ingredients together in a bowl, and all the dry ingredients together in another bowl. Make a
well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the mixed wet ingredients, and stir just enough
to make it mostly uniform. You want the batter to be a bit lumpy. You can make these delicious
basic muffins, or spice them up with some of the options listed below.

Basic Muffins:

 

   2 cups Flour
   1/4 cup Sugar
   3 tsp Baking Powder
   1 cup Milk
   1/3 cup salad oil or melted shortening
   1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease the muffin pan - or line with paper cups.
Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl.
Break the egg into another bowl and beat slightly. Add milk and oil, mix well.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix briefly, just enough to moisten the
batter. You should leave the batter lumpy.
Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to quickly dip batter into each muffin cup.
Try to dip only once for each muffin cup.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until a tester (like a toothpick or a clean knife) inserted into center  
comes out clean.
Let the pan cool for about 5 minutes so the muffins don't break, then turn the muffins out.
Enjoy!


Options:

Berries - add 1 cup fresh blueberries or raspberries (washed and well drained) or 3/4 cup
canned or thawed frozen berries to the dry ingredients and proceed as above.

Cinnamon Sugar -
mix 2 teaspoons cinnamon with 1/4 cup sugar. Put about a teaspoon of
this mixture on top of each batter cup just before baking.

Strawberry Jam -
add 1 tsp. grated lemon peel to the dry ingredients when making batter.
Then put about a tablespoon of batter in each muffin cup, followed by a teaspoon of
strawberry jam and the rest of the batter.

Dried Fruits or Nuts -
Add 1/2 raisins, finely chopped dried apricots, and/or any kind of  
nuts you like to the dry ingredients. Proceed as above.
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