Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Do you know the Muffin Man...?

Soooooo, today I woke up craving muffins for some reason, and got out my family's ancient muffin recipe. Yes, that's right, there is such a thing in this world as an ancient muffin recipe. It has been passed down through my family for hundreds of years. Seriously. I'm not making that up. It has been adapted through the ages by this person or that to meet the ingredients, or measures, or oven technology of the times, but it's basically the same recipe that my ancestors were making centuries ago. If you're expecting a sugary treat, look somewhere else. These have much, MUCH less sugar in them than most recipes you can find these days, and I think they're better for it. Back in the day, on the Highlands of Scotland, sugar was not as accessable as it is today, and people weren't hopelessly addicted to it as they are today. So here it is:

Oat Muffins

2 Cups Oats
2 Cups Milk
3 Cups Flour
1 Cup Sugar
2/3 Cups Cooking Oil
2 Eggs
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
Any fruit/berries of your choice.

Preheat oven to 400

Combine Oats and Milk and set aside to soak for 10-15 mins. Most if not all of the milk should be absorbed by the oats
Combine all other dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly
Beat the Eggs and add them with the Oil and the Oat/Milk Mixture into the dry ingredients.
Mix thoroughly and add in your fruit. I usually do mixed berries, but apples and cinnamon are good, or mashed bananas basically anything you could ever want or think of works well.

Get a muffin tin/pan/whatever they’re called. You can either grease it thoroughly or use those little paper muffin/cupcake cups. Either way, fill them 3/4 of the way with batter and cook for 20-30 mins or until the tops begin to brown. Stab with a toothpick if it comes out clean they’re done, if bits of batter stick to it, it needs more time.

Makes 2 dozen.

Enjoy =)

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