I have spent the past several weeks detailing various muffin recipes I made on a regular basis when Molly's Muffins was in full swing several years ago. I thought today's post might focus on how to take a basic recipe and adapt it several ways.
There were two such recipes that I used quite often. One I recently made for the picture that showcased my Strawberry Picking adventures that resulted in 9 pints of freezer jam. The muffins do not contain a lot of sugar, which make them ideal for homemade jam and jellies. I first found this recipe when living in NYC and it was featured on a local Saturday morning program. Since that time, however, I have read the same recipe in several cookbooks and seen it on numerous online recipe sites:
Basic Muffins (Recipe #1)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1 slightly beaten egg
- 1 cup milk
- Melt the butter and set aside to cool
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour - sugar - baking powder)
- Make a well in the center and add the egg, milk, and melted butter.
- Mix just to combine (over-mixing results in a tougher muffin)
- Bake at 350 degrees approximately 12 minutes (of course, it depends on the size of your muffin tins)
While this is a good muffin as is, I would also adapt this recipe to make ~
- Snickerdoodle Muffins (add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the batter and when removed from the oven, quickly dip the tops in melted butter and then cinnamon sugar. Let cool slightly and then watch how quickly they disappear!)
- Blueberry Muffins (add about 1 cup crushed blueberries to the mixture. Crushed worked best for the mini muffins, as whole blueberries resulted in uneven baking. Sometimes I would top the muffins with nutmeg sugar to bring out the flavor of the berries)
- Eggnog Muffins (I replaced the milk with store-bought eggnog and before putting in the oven I would sprinkle the tops with nutmeg sugar --- approximately 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg added to 1 tablespoon sugar)
- Jelly Surprise Muffins (these take a little bit more time to prepare, but are well worth the effort. Fill the tin about 1/3 with muffin batter; spoon a bit of jelly in the center; top with batter to fill tin about 2/3 full) Each bite yields a tasty surprise.
Hopefully these adaptations have helped you imagine some new muffin combinations that you would like to try as well.
This post is rather long - so I think I will post the Basic Muffin recipe #2 next week.
I am currently (if all goes as planned) in Chicago celebrating 28 years of marriage by going to the Art Institute and having Giordanno's deep dish pizza! I look forward to reading all the Weekend Cooking posts when I return home early next week.