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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Raisin Bran Muffins

I really like to read murder mysteries.
What does that have to do with muffins?
Well, I just happened to find a recipe for muffins in a book I was reading by Phil Craig.
You just never know what you are going to find.
It's amazing!
They sounded really good, therefore I must try.
Sometimes I forget to get the camera going when I am
so excited about a new recipe.
All ingredients pretty much added at this point.
See recipe below.

Remember my handy scoop?
I love a kitchen utensil that gets used.
Scoop the batter into a greased muffin tin. 

I really like this recipe because it is lumpy.
I also like my mashed potatoes lumpy.
It is a personal preference. 

One tin at a time.
The other thing that is so great about this recipe is:
You do not have to make 24 muffins!
The batter can be stored in the fridge for up to six weeks.
I would not kid you.
That way, you can just make a few muffins and none go to waste.
Love it! 
(I got 24 muffins out of a half recipe. Make the whole recipe and give half to your neighbor.)

Now here is the best part and why they are better than other muffins.
Before baking sprinkle the tops with cinnamon and sugar. 

The recipe calls for regular sugar, but I added brown sugar.
Because it is soooo good. 

Yummy, wonderful, crunchy, cinnamon-brown sugar topped muffins.
How's that for adjectives?
They really were great.
Make a batch the night before and have some for Saturday or Sunday 
breakfast.  Then have some more a couple of weeks later. 

Hope you enjoy!
The recipe is taken directly from the book I mentioned.
A Fatal Vineyard Season
by Philip R. Craig
Phil gets total credit for this one.
Except for the brown sugar, that was my twist.
Notice the other ingredients he suggests at the end.


5 cups sifted flour
2 t. salt
5 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
2 3/4 cups sugar

1 15 oz. package Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal

1 qt. buttermilk or yogurt
4 beaten eggs
1cup cooking oil

grated rind of 3 oranges (3 T.)
1 cup chopped nuts

Refrigerate in container with tight lid.  Keeps up to 6 weeks.  Whenever you want fresh muffins, you bake as many as you need.
To bake:  put dough in greased muffin tins, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Thanks Phil for another great recipe!  I have read several of his books and there is always an interesting sounding recipe included. 

Check him out if you are a murder mystery fan.

1 comment:

  1. I have been making these also since reading Craig's book and finding this recipe. I am not a raisin bran lover but must admit these are absolutely delicious. The orange zest just sends them over the top. Had to share the recipe because everyone who tasted the muffins raved about them. Who'd a thunk healthy could be sooooo good.