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Easiest of easy muffin recipes.

Easy muffin recipeMuffins are, without a doubt in my mind, the easiest and most joyful breakfast item possible. They are practically instantaneous, and kids love them regardless of their bran content.

A few years back, we stayed at a fabulous bed and breakfast in the Bruce Peninsula where the owner and chef– a fabulous lady named Ruth– made fresh muffins for her guests every morning. At the time I was agog. Who makes muffins on this scale so early in the morning? To say the experience was revelatory is an understatement.

Upon recently recalling this trip I was inspired to conjure an easy muffin recipe to which I could apply any flavour I should desire. As with my daily bread recipe, the formula had to be pretty much idiot-proof. I am happy to note that this is perhaps the most successful of my back pocket recipes, and I regularly perform this operation nothing but 2 bowls (1 largish and one small), a tablespoon, a 1/2 cup measuring spoon and a muffin tin. On a good night, muffins are in the oven and dishes are done in under 10 minutes.


Easiest of easy muffin recipes

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
~1 cup “stuff”  *

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In the larger bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. In the smaller bowl combine milk, oil, egg and stuff *. Stir to combine (make sure the egg is well incorporated).
  4. Pour mixture from smaller bowl into larger bowl and mix, counting slowly down from 10. When you get to zero, stop.
  5. Prep your muffin pan if required.
  6. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Yields a dozen normal muffins, or 12 mini muffins and a mini loaf, or 2 regular loafs, or 1 loaf and a half dozen muffins…

* Stuff = flavourants and fillings. Some favorites include:

  • a mashed banana and some walnuts with a hit of vanilla extract
  • the juice and zest of one lemon (or a good hit of lemon extract) and a tablespoon of poppy seeds
  • oatmeal and raisins in equal amounts
  • a finely grated carrot
  • shredded apple and cinnamon
  • frozen blueberries and a hit of lemon extract
  • frozen strawberries and finely chopped chocolate


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