The Basic Muffin Recipe

Preheat your oven to 350°C (180°C). Coat a 12-hole muffin pan evenly with non-stick spray. You can also add muffin liners. In a medium bowl, sift 240 g cake flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, and ¼ tsp salt. Add in 100 g sugar and your variation ingredient (see below), and mix well.

In another bowl, whisk 1 egg, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup milk, and 3 Tbsp melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until thoroughly combined.

Fill the muffin holes with the batter and bake for 20-25 min.

Bran 

Bran muffins can sometimes get a bad rap, but we think they’re delicious. They also make a convenient healthy snack (they’re filled with fiber!), and is great to pack in with your kid’s lunches. To make bran muffins, simply add 30 g of wheat bran as your variation ingredient. Fill 12 muffin holes with the batter and bake for 20-25 min.

Poppy seed and Lemon

The nuttiness from poppy seeds combined with fruity lemon, makes for an irresistible muffin. Use 75 g poppy seed as your variation ingredient and bake. In the meanwhile, make a lemon syrup. In a medium saucepan, add the ½ cup water, 200 g sugar, and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Bring to a boil while stirring, making sure all the sugar dissolves. Fill 10 muffin holes with the batter and bake for 20-25 min. Pour the lemon syrup over the hot muffins when they come out of the oven.

Apple and Cinnamon

A classic duo, and they make a great match for muffins. As your additional variation, mix 3 apples (peeled and chopped), with 25 g sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Continue with the recipe, but just before placing the muffins in the oven, you can add a thin apple slice on top. Fill 9 muffin holes with the batter and bake for 20-25 min.

Blueberry

Make your basic muffin mix, and use 180 g blueberries as your variation. You can sprinkle a bit of sugar on top of the muffins before baking them. Fill 9 muffin holes with the batter and bake for 20-25 min.

Chocolate Chip

Make your basic muffin mix, but add 1 cup chocolate chips as your additional variation. Fill 9 muffin holes with the batter and bake for 20-25 min. Also try it with bananas!

Coconut

Make your basic muffin mix, and 120 g desiccated coconut as your additional variation. Fill 9 muffin holes with the batter and sprinkle a small amount of coconut on top. Bake for 20-25 min.

Dulce de leche

Make your basic muffin mix, without any added variation. Fill 9 muffin holes halfway with the batter and add 2 tsp dulce de leche to each. Top up with the remaining batter and bake for 15 – 20 min.

What muffin will you bake first?