Do you remember when muffins were a semi-healthy, high-in-fibre snack? More closely related to a scone than a cupcake? Perfect with a scraping of butter, a little cheese, a smidgen of jam? Currently, cupcakes are very 'in' and the only difference I can see between them and the thing that has been known as a muffin for the past decade or so is that a cupcake is iced (frosted).
This recipe came from my sister back in the days when a muffin was a bran muffin.
375ml brown sugar
100ml vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
625ml plain flour
12ml bicarbonate of soda
5ml vanilla extract
500ml all bran flakes (you know: the breakfast cereal?)
250ml seedless raisins
- Preheat the oven.
- Beat together the eggs, sugar and oil.
- Mix in the milk.
- Sift in the flour, salt and bicarb, and beat well.
- Add the vanilla, bran flakes and raisins and mix well with a spoon.
- Spoon the mixture into muffin pans (about half full to allow space for rising) and bake for 15-20 minutes until firm to the touch. They may form some pretty odd shapes, but what the heck? They taste the same! You should get about 18 muffins.
- Serve with a scraping of butter, a little cheese and/or a smidgen of jam... oh, and a cup of tea (or coffee, of course).