May 27, 2013

Oh yes. Bran muffins.

It's bran muffin day!

We're nothing if not exciting around here. 

Don't run away, please don't. I would like you to know that these are not dry, nasty, brick-like muffins.

They are lovely. They are light. They go so nicely with jam. They won't make your tummy feel like you just put a bucket of lead inside of it.

I did a bit of a sneaky, bad trickstery thing to my brother this past Christmas. I gave him something I wanted. Something I knew he wouldn't care about terribly much. I gave him Heidi Swanson's 'Supernatural Every Day' cookbook, which I had been hankering after for ages and ages. Her Baked Oatmeal has been passed around, and made, and re-made and pinned on Pinterest, and re-blogged and shared to such an extent, it has become A Recipe of Legend.

And as I suspected, when my brother left to go home after Christmas dinner at my house, guess what was sitting left behind on the sofa? Yep. AND NOW IT IS MINE. ALL MINE.

But I am willing to share. I intend to be cooking from this cookbook a great deal this year. I've decided that I have a new plan for my cookbooks. Instead of making a recipe here and there from my various books, and forgetting about their existence for 95% of the time, I'm going to pick a book, and just go straight through, cooking from it exclusively. I think this is the only way to really get good use from my HORDE of cookbooks.

So try these bran muffins. They are tasty and good for you. This is a good thing. They are just as Heidi describes them, with a light crunch to the outside, and a tender and light crumb inside.

You know what they are? DELIGHTFUL is what they are. Yep. It's a "yep" kind of day. Yep, it is. (sorry.) (not sorry.)

BRAN MUFFINS from 'Supernatural Everyday'


2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
1/2 cup barely melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup unprocessed wheat bran or oat bran
1 and 1/2 half cups plain, unsweetened bran cereal
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup natural cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with a rack in the middle of the oven. Generously butter a standard 12 cup muffin pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and maple syrup. Sprinkle the bran and cereal across the top, stir, and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, in a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the top of the wet and stir until just combined. Immediately fill each muffin cup three quarters full.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until the edges of the muffins begin to brown and the tops have set. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then turn the muffins out of the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.

~Makes 12 muffins

Enjoy, my friends! And check out Heidi's amazingly great blog, 101 Cookbooks.


  1. You sneaky, sneaky girl! I laughed out loud when I read the bit about your brother's gift. Don't do it too many times or he may wise up to your tricks. :)

    This recipe looks like a good way to sneak... er.... introduce bran into one's diet. The muffins look yummy. Are they just as good the next day or best the first day?

    1. Oh yes, they are great the next day :) Actually, here's another confession ~ my brother has this weird thing about being careless with his presents from anyone and he ALWAYS leaves them at our mom's house or my now I make sure to give him either food type items or something I like, so that someone will get use out of it when he leaves it behind!

  2. That's so mean. Poor brother. ;o)

    So whenever I think of bran something-or-other (especially oat bran), it takes me back to late-'80s Thirtysomething-era, and the big oat bran craze. And Colon Blow cereal on Saturday Night Live. So that's where my mind just went!

    That said, they sound pretty tasty.

    1. Not as mean as the time when he was little and afraid of the dark and he wanted to sleep in my room. I charged him rent. #bigsistersaremean

      Oh my gosh I forgot about that SNL skit, so funny!

  3. HA! That is some hilarious trickery!

    I used to love to bake... it was kinda my thing. Somewhere along the road I lost that love. (I think it may be the too many cooks in the kitchen dilemma) maybe one day I'll love it again.

    1. I'm very partial to baking because you have a recipe that you have to follow, and it allows for very little room for deviation ~ I'm not an inventive cook, I'm a rule-follower cook! Plus I like treats :)

      But I definitely wax and wane with my baking love as well....sometimes I'm really into it and then months will go by without me being inspired by anything....

      I just put 4 cookbooks on hold at the library! I'm so excited! I'm hoping to find some good treats :)

  4. Bran muffins always remind me of my Grandma's Raisin Bran Muffins that were so awesome. If I had any buttermilk in the house you would have me baking right now.

    Also, I like your idea of cooking through a cookbook idea. There are so many recipes in my books that I never have made "because I don't know them." I have to remember to do this once my kids are a little more willing to at least taste new things.

    Dana @ Project Day

    1. Hey Dana! I wondering if I actually have the stamina to try it. More and more, I appreciate what that lady Julie did in her blog/book/movie 'Julia and Julie'. I have never in my life sat down and made every recipe from a book....although some have come close. Marion Cunningham's 'The Breakfast Book' comes to mind.....:)

  5. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO going to try this recipe!!!! I tried to make some the other day based on the recipe on the pack and it tootallllly sucked. Thanks sugar!

    1. My pleasure! I probably negate all the health benefits of this muffin by putting on a on of butter and a pile o' jam.....:)

  6. These look amazing!! I will for sure be trying these out soon! My mouth is watering already!

    1. Hi Chelsey! I love my Irish Oatmeal Muffins better, but these are a good runner-up in the genre of hearty breakfast muffins. I really liked the crisp exterior/soft interior contrast.....:)

  7. I am not a huge fan of muffins but you made it look so incredibly good... I just have to try it to see for myself :P

    Thanks for that link! One can never have too many (good) recipes or ideas for meals!

    1. I'm a big believer in muffins. :) Lots of muffins :)