Sunday, May 5, 2013

Choose Your Own Adventure Muffins

This recipe is my Mom's muffin recipe. Daniel enjoys changing the muffins every time we make them.One of his favorites is cranberry orange: a variation we created. Add cranberries, and use orange juice or orange tea as the liquid, or just add mandarin oranges. I like to make them whole wheat by using whole wheat pastry flour from Whole Foods

Best-Ever Muffins

2 c flour
½ c sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t salt
1 egg, well-beaten
1 c liquid
1/3 c cooking oil

Stir together dry ingredients. Stir together wet ingredients,; add all at once to dry. Stir just until moistened. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full. Bake at 400ยบ for 20-25 minutes. Makes 12.

Berry: Fold in 1 c fresh or frozen blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, or strawberries to batter.

Banana: Stir in 1 c chopped banana.

Bishop’s Delight: substitute orange juice for the milk. Add 2 t orange peel, ½ c chocolate chips, ¼ c raisins, ¼ c halved marachino cherries, ¼ c chopped walnuts.

Ginger: Reduce sugar to 2 T. Add 1/3 c molasses, 1 t ginger, and 1 t cinnamon. Use boiling water for the liquid.

Lemonade: Reduce milk to ¼ cup; add ¾ c lemonade concentrate.

Peach or Apricot: Whirl undrained, canned peaches or apricots in blender. Use for liquid. Add 1 T lemon juice and ¼ t almond extract.

Orange Ginger: Use juice from one 11-oz can mandarin oranges. Stir in orange segments. Add 1 t orange peel and ¼ c finely chopped crystallized ginger