One of my favourite weekend treats for the family is a muffin. I make them for breakfast as well as for lunch and snacks. For the majority of the muffins I make with fruit I use the same basic recipe and then just add in the right amount of fruit and a little spice or essence to finish it off. This basic muffin recipe is easy to make and VERY forgiving the kids have been making it with me since they were toddlers.
Muffin Recipes Using this Basic Muffin Recipe
This favourite breakfast muffin of our family uses this recipe to create a delicious apple and cinnamon muffin – although to be truthfully we happily eat it any time of the day and it is great frozen and warmed up if you can get a batch in the freezer without the family eating them!
Whenever strawberry season comes around I make sure I pick up a lot extra or send the kids and rainy day dad on an extra strawberry picking trip so that I can make these delicious Strawberry Muffins (I love making them at the same time as the mousse so that I can use the egg yolks in the muffins and the white to make the mousse!)
If you want something lighter then these Lemon and Blueberry muffins are delicious – there are 2 recipes on the post – one that uses this basic muffin recipes and the other a much simpler version which is ideal to cook with very young kids – in fact I made this first when my youngest was around 18 months old.
Ingredients for Basic Muffins
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Plain Flour (all purpose) it’s really important that you use plain flour. Self-raising flour brings a completely different consistency to the muffins and they become more cake like.
Buttermilk – check out our Irish Soda Bread recipe for how to make your own Buttermilk if you don’t have any available
To this recipe add a little of your chosen spice and up to 200g of fresh or frozen fruit to create your own muffin.
Products we use when Making Muffins
I have made muffins for years by hand but recently inherited a stand mixer and then replaced it with a new version when it broke down. The stand mixer makes it so much easier to mix up the muffins. I would love to say I have a gorgeous Kitchen Aid Mixer which I have been coveting for years – but I just have a standard mixer and it works fantastically so although a Kitchen Aid would look lovely the one I have does the job and the money saved I spent on more craft supplies for me!
When I first got married I asked for a muffin tin on our wedding list because I knew I liked them and my previous one which had gone to university with me wasn’t non-stick and had started to rust. I got a non-stick muffin tin and it has been going strong for the last 11 years and not rusted plus it’s the perfect size for using to make mini Yorkshire puddings so it has an outing most weekends too.
If I make muffins just for us at home then I always use a reusable silicone muffin case, I like these because they are non-stick they make it easy to wash up the muffin tin and I don’t make as much waste. However, when I make muffins for a bake sale or for a gift then I use a normal set of muffin cases.
Basic Muffin Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 200C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.
- In a bowl place flour, baking powder, sugars, and any spices and stir together.
- Take a jug and crack the eggs whisking them with the buttermilk, honey and vegetable oil.
- Mix into the dry ingredients – you really don’t have to worry about how good a mix it is if it’s clumpy etc… it won’t be a problem.
- Add your fruit.
- Divide the mixture between the cases and sprinkle with a little brown sugar or crumble mix on top.
- Bake for around 20 minutes.
- Take out the oven and cool a little and then enjoy!
More Delicious Cakes and Treats Recipes to Try
I must admit I have a sweet tooth so I do a lot of baking at home here’s a few of my favourite Cake and Treat Recipes that I make regularly with the kids and by myself.
- Crumble – our favourite easy Sunday Dessert
- Carrot Cake Muffins
- Coffee and Walnut Cake with Mocha Frosting
- Chocolate Nest Cakes
- Ooeey Gooey Granola Bars