I was a bit of a weird child... meaning I liked certain foods that some kids turned their noses up at. I loved brussel sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, and I LOVED bran raisin muffins. I would actually go for those muffins in a basket full of all kinds of sweet muffins. There is just something so comforting about the combination in these muffins, plus it doesn't hurt that they are great smothered in melting butter.
I always make sure I keep bran in my pantry, I am not talking about Raisin Bran cereal (which my husband is obsessed with and has been his whole life, like I am talking if there is none in the cupboard he feels unloved haha), I am talking about actually light flaky bran that you can buy in bulk. It is great to add to pancakes or to waffles as well.
You can make these into twelve regular sized muffins, but I like the big jumbo ones!
Jumbo Bran Raisin Muffins
1/4 cup of melted butter, or another oil
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of fancy Molasses
2 large eggs
1 cup of almond, or regular milk
1 cup of all purpose flour, you can use half whole wheat half white flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup of raisins
Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a jumbo muffin tin with cooking spray of butter and set aside.
In a mixing bowl mix together the sugar, melted butter, milk, molasses, and eggs. Whisk together until well combined.
In a separate bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients. Coating the raisins in the dry mix will help them not settle in the bottom while cooking.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until everything is wet and combined. Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until the centers spring back when lightly touched.
Remove from the oven and with a butter knife or spatula gently run it around the edge of each muffin spot to help the muffins come out. Allow muffins to cool for 5 minutes, remove from the pan and you can eat right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge or pantry.
These were the perfect warm thing to eat on a day like today. Guys it is STILL snowing, I honestly want to pack our house up and move somewhere warm for the next year! This is the winter that never ends.
A little update for you all, I did get an email saying I did not make it into the tent this year for the Great Canadian Baking Show. I was pretty bummed but I had a feeling I wasn't going to get picked, these shows have an idea of the kind of people or "characters" they want on the show and I was buying for the spot of a white female ages 20 to 40. They want diversity and I am pretty typical Canadian that way! But I was encouraged to try again next year and they loved my bake, so next year I will give it a go again. I am excited to see who makes it onto the show.
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