March 30, 2008

An American Housewife's Wheat Bran Muffins (using wheat bran flakes)

Yesterday I had a craving for bran muffins. At first, just a fleeting thought, it grew until I couldn't deny it anymore. Mmmm they sounded so good! My 'regular' bran muffin recipe calls for 100% bran cereal (you know... the kind that looks like little sticks), and I didn't have any. Readers should know by now that that wouldn't matter in this house - LOL - I always (!) substitute and make up my own recipes in the end, almost never, ever able to actually follow someone else's recipe anyway!

So... off I went to play scientist in the kitchen and see what I would come up with. And in the end? A yummy, delicious muffin that was so good that although I only planned to 'taste' it, I finished off the whole thing straight from the oven with steam still rolling out of it! My husband took two of them with him to work for breakfast this morning and made me swear that I really did write down how I made them so I could make them again!

Soaking the wheat bran in the buttermilk

Wheat Bran Muffins
March 29, 2008

1 1/4 c wheat bran flakes
1 c buttermilk (use vinegar to sour regular milk if you are out)
1/2 granola/flake/nut cereal of any kind, with or without dried fruit (I used Abundance cereal)
1/4 c canola oil
1/2 c applesauce
3/4 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 T molasses
scant 1/3 c sour cream
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 c flour
1 t each of baking powder and baking soda
1/2 t salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degree's while you place foil or paper liners in 12 muffin tins. Soak the wheat bran flakes and cereal in the buttermilk while you get the rest of the ingredients out as they need to soak about 10 minutes. With a mixer, blend the sugar, oil, applesauce, egg, molasses, sour cream and vanilla. Stir in the cereal and bran mixture just until barely blended and then add the dry, stirring just until moist. Bake 20 minutes. Cool.

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