Today on Breakfast Television, I made muffins “5 ways in 5 minutes,” and as promised, this evening I wanted to tell you how it can be done. So, the following is a basic muffin recipe, to which many variations may be applied.
Basic Dry Muffin Mix
1 1/2 cups flour (any type or combination of flours)
1/2 – 1 cup white sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Now, this mix can be made up ahead of time and stored for use at a later time. The beautiful thing about a basic muffin mix, is that you can add to it and change it in so many ways, just by playing and experimenting with it. This particular mix is so versatile, and rarely have I had it fail no matter what I’ve done to it! The original recipe which is for my “Famous Banana Muffins” (and I do mean famous – just Google Banana Muffin Recipe – I’m your first hit) is the previous mix, along with 3-4 ripe bananas, 1/3 cup melted butter and one egg. On BT today, I took it an extra step by adding in chocolate chips, fresh strawberries and fresh pineapple to make “Banana Split Muffins.” Delish!
The big trick to it all, is making sure that the mixture is moist enough and you’re good to go – so when in doubt, just add a little juice! So, here are some variations on this recipe to get you started!
Dry Muffin Mix + 4 carrots, peeled and shredded, 1/2 cup apple juice, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/3 cup melted butter/margarine. Mix well. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven, 15-20 minutes. Top with cream cheese icing if desired. (icing recipe is on my site if searched)
Dry Muffin Mix + 1 1/2 cups applesauce, 1 egg, 1/3 cup melted butter/margarine, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix well. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven, 15-20 minutes.
Dry Muffin Mix + 1 1/2 cups cooked oatmeal, 1 egg, 1/3 cup melted butter/margarine, 1/2 tsp cinnamon + any desired fruit (berries work well.) Mix well. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven, 15-20 minutes.
Dry Muffin Mix + 14 ounces (half of a large can) pure pumpkin, 1 egg, 1/3 cup melted butter/margarine, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup raisins. Mix well. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven, 15-20 minutes.
I hope this helps you with your muffin baking endeavours! If you have any questions, please e-mail me! I love to help solve your baking dilemmas!