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.
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.