Munching On Muffins....


 
Muffins are one of my favourite comfort foods as they are effortlessly easy and breezy to prepare.

Such lovely, fluffy and crumbly cupcake-like goodies make excellent breakfast, kids' lunch and even picnic munchies. Spruce them up with blueberries, oatmeal, dried fruits for that ultimate guilt-free snack that pairs beautifully with a steaming cup of coffee in the morning or those fancy-flavoured tea in the evening.

Muffins can be prepared in 2 ways - Creaming method & Muffin method. Personally, I prefer the latter as they are more traditionally 'muffin-like' (crumbly and has more substance unlike the more cake-like and fluffy nature of the other type). However, my kids love the cake-like muffins and fortunately, I have an excellent fluffy muffin recipe that I can play with to get as many flavours and colours possible!

1 recipe many variations...time-saving indeed. 

Ingredients:
50g butter
70g fine sugar
1 egg (beaten lightly)
50g self raising flour + 50g plain flour + 1 tbsp baking powder
50g fresh milk

Method:
1. Beat 50g butter and 70g fine sugar till pale and white.
2. Add the beaten egg into it. Continue beating till mixture is evenly mixed.
3. On medium speed, add the dry ingredients, followed by fresh milk. When mixture is well mixed, choose your flavouring as follows:

Chocolate - add 50g chocolate chips + 10 g cocoa powder + 20g melted chocolate

Mocha - add 10 g cocoa powder + 1 tsp instant coffee powder (in 1 tbsp water)
 
Pandan/Screwpine flavour - add 1 tsp pandan paste + 2 drops green colouring
 
Blueberry - fold into mixture 100 g of blueberry filling 
 
Carrot walnut - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts + 1/2 cup shredded carrot + drops of yellow colour
 
Apple - 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder + 2 tbsp applesauce
 
Strawberry - add 1 tsp of strawberry puree/jam right into each muffin cup already filled with mixture
Most of the time, I would sprinkle either coloured rice or hundreds and thousands on each muffin to make them more irresistibly attractive. Most importantly, let the muffins rest for 20 minutes before baking them. Bake at 190C for about 15 minutes or until it springs back when touched.
 
It's fun to create as many flavours and toppings as possible. I even sprinkle streusal on top of my muffins sometimes. Thinking about selling muffins from home? Why not? I do!


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