Saturday, 13 August 2011

Whole-grain Blueberry Bran Muffins

Last weekend we had a baking marathon in my kitchen.

6 different types of muffins, at least 18 muffins of each - that's a lot of muffins.

We also did cupcakes in jars...lemon drizzle...

...Devil's Food & Banoffee with Cream Cheese Frosting...they were delicious.

This was the finished product...a box of assorted muffins for the 4 lovely ladies who are helping myself & Chris (my hubby) out by looking after our little boy over the school holidays.

Lemon meringue, Banoffee, Devil's Food, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip & Lemon Drizzle.

They went down very well...even if I do say so myself...and the lovely ladies who received them did say they enjoyed them all :0)

Think I'm getting off point aren't I...well one of the muffins was Blueberry...

...these are the 1st muffins I baked when I started baking.

I never used to like Blueberry Muffins until I started to bake my own (not bragging or anything...) the recipe is from my 'perfect cupcakes, cookies & muffins' book. I love this book.

125g chopped fresh (or frozen) blueberries

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6 (400F 200C) & line your muffin tray.

155g wheat bran
250ml skimmed milk

Soak the bran with the milk for about 30 minutes.

125g unsalted butter at room temperature
220g lightly packed light brown sugar (but I like to use dark brown sugar)

Cream the butter & sugar together (the part I hate unless the butter is already really really soft).

1 egg (lightly beaten)

Beat the egg into the butter and sugar - another part I'm not keen on as I always panic when it starts to split...then I calm down again once it all comes back together...daft aren't I?!!

Add the bran mixture.

315g whole-wheat (wholemeal) self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Sift together the flour & baking powder.

Mix the flour & bran mixture together well & spoon into the waiting muffin cases...

Bake until the muffins are golden brown on top or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean...

...and voila...

I'd say transfer to a wire rack & allow to cool...but I always have to eat one straight from the oven...and usually end up burning my mouth...

...enjoy :0)

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