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Classic bran muffins recipeThis is a simple, classic bran muffin with raisins recipe.  It’s easy to make and a good way to get a little more fiber into your muffins.  As a note, you want to use real wheat bran, don’t substitute a bran cereal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup granulate sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cp molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 Directions:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Combine the flour, bran, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins and stir to distribute everything evenly.
  • Heat the butter in the microwave for about a minute, until it’s liquefied. You just want to be able to pour it.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg, then add the milk, molasses, and vanilla.
  • Thoroughly grease and flour a 12-cup muffin pan (or use paper muffin liners).
  • Make sure the melted butter is warm but not hot. Pour it slowly into the bowl with the liquid ingredients, whisking with a fork to incorporate it thoroughly.
  • Now add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix gently with a wooden spoon to combine. Scrape down toward the bottom of the bowl to make sure any pockets of dry ingredients get mixed in. But don’t mix too long or too forcefully. Slow and gentle. Stop stirring once everything is moistened. The batter will still look lumpy.
  • Let the batter rest for 10 minutes, to allow any dry pockets of flour to dissolve while the glutens in the flour have time to relax.
  • Gently spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan and get them into the oven right away.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5–10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Your family will love these and they are a little better for you than muffins without the bran. We are going to experiment soon with muffin recipes using amaranth flour as an even healthier muffin.