Bran muffins were a favorite of my Mom and my Grandfather but I never thought about baking them myself.
My Mom baked these quite often and they were delicious. Mom was frugal due to being brought up during the depression in the 20's. She was the type of person who only ate half of anything and then put the rest back for a later snack. I can only say that these muffins didn't get wrapped up for later.
I only thought about putting up the recipe when there was a question asked in here about a good recipe for bran muffins. This one has been tried and used in our house. It is so simple and makes about a dozen muffins. Go for it. Bake some for breakfast tomorrow.
- 1 cup shortening (you can use margarine)
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups crushed bran cereal
- 1 cup buttermilk
Beat together the shortening, sugar and egg. Sift flour banking powder, soda and salt into a medium mixing bowl. Add bran and mix well. Mix dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk and shortening mixture.
Fill greased muffin pans (can use cupcake liners) 2/3 full. Bake in 400° oven for about 20 minutes or until done. Serve hot with butter and jam or jelly.
These muffins are healthy but would be great with raisins in them or you might try putting some chopped walnuts into the batter. There's is nothing that says you can't add both and really dress up this recipe.
Since I am not a fan of raisins, I prefer to use chopped dates and walnuts in my muffins. As I've often related, dates are not only a natural sweetener but they also keep foods fresh longer. My mother always had dates on hand for those special recipes such as this one.