SUBMITTED BY: Miranda
MUFFIN RECIPE FROM THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE
Quantities listed are for a single batch of 12 muffins. To make muffins, combine dry ingredients, and then mix in wet ingredients until just combined; the batter should be lumpy. Grease muffin tin and fill cups two thirds full. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F (200 C) degrees for approximately 20 minutes.
- 2 to 2-1/2 cups grain
- 1 cup milk (or other liquid)
- Up to 1/4 cup fat
- 1 egg
- Up to 1/2 cup sweetener
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Up to 1-1/2 cups additions
Grain: Use 2 to 2-1/2 cups of white flour. Or substitute oatmeal, cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, rye flour, or flake cereal for 1 cup of the white flour. Or substitute 1 cup leftover cooked oatmeal, rice, or cornmeal for 1/2 cup of the white flour and decrease liquid to 1/2 cup.
Milk: Use 1 cup. Or substitute buttermilk or sour milk (add a tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup milk). Or substitute fruit juice for part or all of the milk.
Fat: Use 1/4 cup vegetable oil or 4 Tsp. melted butter or margarine. Or substitute crunchy or regular peanut butter for part or all of the fat. The fat can be reduced or omitted with fair results if using a wet addition.
Egg: Use 1 egg. Or substitute 1 heaping Tsp. of soy flour and 1 Tsp. of water. If using a cooked grain, separate the egg, add the yolk to the batter, beat the white until stiff, and fold into the batter.
Sweetener: Use between 2 Tsp. and 1/2 cup sugar. Or substitute up to 3/4 cup brown sugar. Or substitute up to 1/2 cup honey or molasses, and decrease milk to 3/4 cup.
Baking Powder: Use 2 tsp. If using whole or cooked grains or more than 1 cup of additions, increase to 3 tsp. If using buttermilk or sour milk, decrease to 1 tsp. and add 1/2 tsp. baking soda.
Salt: Use 1/2 tsp., or omit if you have a salt-restricted diet. The following ingredients are optional. Additions can be used in any combination, up to 1-1/2 cups total. If using more than 1 cup of wet additions decrease the milk to 1/2 cup.
Dry Additions: Nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, coconut, etc.
Moist Additions: Blueberries, chopped apple, freshly shredded zucchini, shredded carrot, etc.
Wet Additions: Pumpkin puree, applesauce, mashed, cooked sweet potato, mashed banana, mashed cooked carrot, etc. If using 1/2 cup drained, canned fruit or thawed shredded zucchini, substitute the syrup or zucchini liquid for all or part of the milk.
Spices: Use spices that complement the additions such as 1 tsp. cinnamon with 1/4 tsp. nutmeg or cloves. Try 2 tsp. grated orange or lemon peel.
Jellies and Jam: Fill cups half full with a plain batter. Add 1 tsp. jam or jelly and top with 2 more Tsp. batter
Non-sweet Combinations: Use only 2 Tsp. sugar and no fruit. Add combinations of the following: 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 2 Tsp. grated onion, 1/2 cup shredded zucchini, 2 Tsp. parmesan cheese.
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