This recipe will take you less than ten minutes to prepare and just a bit more than ten minutes to cook. A couple of minutes out of the oven and you’ll be eating them.
Muffins are a great treat for the kids when they get home from school and are perfect for the school lunch box. Muffins also freeze really well so when I make muffins I often double the quantity and freeze for a quick and easy lunch box item.
To keep things really simple I use a cup measure. The cup should hold approx 250 ml/8 fl oz of liquid.
Make Muffins – Ingredients
- Two cups self-raising flour
- Half a cup sugar
- Half a cup good quality chocolate chips (don’t use choc – it’s not the real deal)
- Approx 100g/3.5oz of butter (or your usual spread)
- 1 cup milk (I use soy)
- 1 egg
- 1 tea spoon vanilla essence (optional)
- 2 or 3 soft bananas – mashed
- 12 Muffin tray
- Oil spray to spray muffin tray
Make Muffins – Method
- Heat oven to moderately hot
- Spray your muffin tray with oil spray
- Put flour, sugar and chocolate chips in a bowl and stir
- In a separate bowl add butter and melt gently in microwave
- Add the milk, egg and vanilla essence to the melted butter and stir
- Add the mashed bananas and stir to combine
- Add liquid mix to dry ingredients and stir until combined – don’t over stir
- Divide mixture between 12 muffin tray
- Cook in moderately hot oven for 12-14 minutes until golden and springy to the touch
- Allow to sit in the tray for a couple of minutes before taking out and placing on a rack
- Cool slightly and enjoy!
- Make Double Chocolate Chip Muffins by adding a quarter cup of cocoa to the dry mix. Leave out the banana and add a couple of table spoons of yoghurt to the liquid mix (or extra milk if you don’t have yoghurt)
- To make Berry Muffins add one cup of berries to the dry mix and leave out the chocolate chips. Also leave out the banana
- If you have no bananas, use any tinned fruit you might have in the cupboard. Drain and add one or two cups of chopped fruit to the liquid mix. Try peaches, pears or mixed fruit. Leave out the chocolate chips
- Apple Muffins are delicious. Just add one cup of cooked apples (from a tin if you’re pressed for time) to the liquid mix in place of the banana. No need for chocolate chips – unless of course you fancy apple and chocolate chip muffins
- Savoury Muffins have become quite popular – served with sour cream
- You can make 24 smaller muffins or 6 mega muffins – remember to vary the cooking time accordingly
- If you have bananas that are going really black and soft they are perfect for making muffins
- I put over-ripe bananas in the freezer until I need them to make some muffins. They go completely black and when defrosted the banana just squeezes out. It looks a bit revolting, but they make great banana muffins
- Frozen mixed berries are perfect for making berry muffins
- Muffins are best eaten on the day they are made – but will keep for a couple of days
- If you do have some left, heat them slightly in the microwave before serving
- Muffins freeze well and are perfect for the school lunch box
There really are endless options when it comes to muffins.
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