Quick Muffin Base with Variations
(each makes 24 muffins)
Preheat oven to 350F takes 25 minutes to bake
2C wheat flour
1/4C wheat germ
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
4 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
- In a large bowl mix dry ingredients.
- In a medium bowl mix wet ingredients. (Always measure oil first, than same measuring cup for honey - its much easier!)
- Gently add wet ingredients to dry, and combine, do not over mix.
- Fold in chunky stuff.
When making variations - put the wet additions in the wet bowl and dry additions in the dry bowl. Leaving the chunky stuff like nuts or raisins, etc, to fold in at the end
Zucchini Raisin Muffins - 2C shredded zucchini + 1C raisins
Applesauce Raisin Muffins - 2C Applesauce, add 1/2c flour, 1/2tsp ground cloves & 1 tsp ground nutmeg. (diced dried apples are also very good in this)
Banana Chip Muffins - 2c mashed banana + 1 chocolate chips
Blueberry Muffins - Omit cinnamon, add 3C blueberries. (if using frozen berries add 1/2C more flour)
Carrot Raisin Muffins - 2C grated carrots, 1C golden raisins
Cranberry Nut Muffins - Omit the cinnamon, 3C cranberries, 1C chopped nuts, add 1/2C flour I also like to add a dash of orange flavor too!)
Apricot Nut Muffins - Omit cinnamon, add 2c chopped nuts, 1C chopped dried apricots
Pumpkin Raisin Muffins - 2C Pureed pumpkin or squash, add 1/2 C flour, 1/2 tsp gr. cloves, 1 tsp gr. nutmeg
Savory Muffins - Omit cinnamon and vanilla, add 1C diced onions, and 1C shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 tsp salt
Cheese Apple Muffins - Add 11/3 C shredded cheddar cheese and 1/2C chopped (peeled) fresh apples
Autumn Muffins - add 2tp dr. ginger, and nutmeg, handful or raisins and chopped (peeled) apple or pear.
Surprise Muffins - After you pour the batter into the tins, take a pitted date, or dr apricot (or any surprise) and tuck it right into the center of the muffin! This is fun to do with a theme...or to make different surprises in the same tin!
Jelly Filled Muffin - After you pour the batter into the tins, drop a dollop of your favorite jam in the center of each muffin. (about a teaspoon)
Kiwi Muffins - Omit cinnamon and add 1-1 1/2C of peeled, mashed kiwi to your wet ingredients.
Corn Muffins - Omit cinnamon and 1C of flour and add 1C cornmeal.
Have you had enough? I can do this all day!!! :-)
* Any dried fruit cut small can be substituted for raisins. Dried Cranberries or cherries are very nice! (but expensive)
* If you prefer to do this in a loaf pan. These recipes will make 2 loaves. Bake for 45 minutes.Muffin Monsters Unite! :-)