Saturday, January 12, 2013
The BEST Bran Muffins!
"So girls, what would you like for breakfast? I see you still have far too much chocolate under the tree..." Stella said. It was early Saturday morning, and Stella's Cafe was closed for a much needed week of resting and post Christmas re-grouping. Stella knew it was time to take the tree down when the ornaments were jumping off of their own accord.
"No way mom, I'm sick of chocolate...and food in general. I don't want to eat anything for a long time." Zoe replied. She was currently sprawled across the sofa in a position mimicking that of a sloth hanging from a branch.
"Well I'M not sick of chocolate," Kendra said jumping onto Zoe, "I could eat chocolate FOREVER!"
"No you couldn't Kendra, and you won't," Stella said entering the living room, "and you have to eat, Zoe. Your life depends on it! How about pancakes with blueberry sauce?"
"Nope too sweet,"Zoe said.
"Too 'toasty'," Kendra replied.
"Too rich." sighed Zoe.
"Well, I don't know what you are going to eat, but I'm going to make some yummy bran muffins for myself." Stella said leaving the room.
"But you hate bran muffins! You tell me so every time I make them!"
"They actually sound like they'd be good today...simple you know?"
"Simple...my muffins simple...well alright, I'll double the batch then. I think we all could do with some good ol' fashioned simple cooking in our lives at the moment!" Stella exclaimed as she walked into the kitchen.
"But Mom, can you make chocolate bran muffins?" asked Kendra.
The BEST Bran Muffins-taken from the Bob's Red Mill website
1 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup molasses (or honey)
3/4 cup applesauce
1 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and grease a muffin tin with butter (or line with paper muffin liners).
2. Mix together bran, flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Mix in nuts and raisins.
3 .In a separate smaller bowl beat eggs. Add oil, molasses and applesauce and mix thoroughly. Add milk and stir till mixture is all one colour.
4.Add wet to dry ingredients and mix until just moistened.
5. Spoon into muffin tins, (I find a 1/4 cup measure is the perfect amount of batter) and bake 15 to 20 minutes.
Enjoy these amazing, moist and tender muffins! (Best served hot with butter. Stella likes them with some cheddar cheese, too)
Post and photography by Emma