2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in mixing bowl. Blend beaten egg, milk, and oil together in separate bowl. Make a “well” in center of dry ingredients. Add liquid mixture and stir quickly in circular motion with a fork until flour mixture is moistened (about 12-15 strokes). Dip batter with tablespoon and push into greased muffin cups with second tablespoon, filling cups 2/3 full. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and serve hot.
Less-Rich Muffins: Reduce oil and sugar to 2 tablespoons each.
Orange Muffins: Substitute ½ cup orange juice and ½ cup milk for 1 cup milk. Use 1 tsp baking power and ½ tsp baking soda in place of 2 tsp baking powder.
Date-Nut Muffins: Add ½ cup chopped walnuts and ½ cup chopped dates during final 7 strokes.
Jelly Surprise Muffins: Prepare basic recipe. Fill greased muffin tin 1/3 full. Add 1 tsp jelly to center of each cup. Top with remaining batter, filling muffin cups 2/3 full.
Apple Spice Muffins: Add ¼ tsp allspice to dry ingredients. Blend 1 cup peeled, diced apples and ¼ cup raisins into batter during final 7 strokes.
Whole Wheat Honey Muffins: Substitute 2 cups whole wheat flour for 2 cups flour. Add ¼ tsp baking soda to dry ingredients. Substitute ¼ cup honey for ¼ cup sugar. Increase milk to 1 ½ cups.
Banana Muffins: Substitute 1 tsp baking powder and ½ tsp baking soda for 2 tsp baking powder. Add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 mashed soft banana.
Bran Muffins: Reduce flour to 1 cup. Soak 2 cups 40% bran flakes with milk for 1-2 minutes to soften. Mix in egg and oil and add to dry ingredients.
Blueberry Muffins: Lightly fold 1 cup well-drained, canned or frozen blueberries into batter during last 7 strokes.
Cornmeal Muffins: Substitute 1 cup corn meal for 1 cup flour. Use 1 tsp baking powder and ½ tsp baking soda in place of 2 tsp baking powder. Substitute 1 cup buttermilk for 1 cup sweet milk.
Corn Fritter Muffins: Use ½ tsp baking soda and 1 tsp baking powder instead of 2 tsp baking powder. Add 1 ½ cups well-drained canned corn and 1 T chopped pimento to egg-milk mixture.
Oatmeal Muffins: Presoak 1 cup rolled oats in 1 cup milk for 15 minutes. Reduce flour to 1 cup. Blend oatmeal-milk mixture with egg and oil. Add to dry ingredients.
Submitted by Paige | Florida