Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bran Muffins with Maple Butter

The warmth from the spices combined with the maple butter melting into the warm muffin makes these bran muffins extra special.

Bran Muffins

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons buttermilk
1 1/2 cup wheat bran

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.  Whisk flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together in medium bowl; set aside.

Cream butter with mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add brown sugar, increase speed to medium-high, and beat until combined and fluffy, about 1 minute longer.  Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly before adding the next.  Beat in vanilla, molasses, and sour cream until thoroughly combined and creamy, about 1 minute longer.  Reduce speed to low; beat in buttermilk and half the flour mixture until combined, about 1 minute.  Beat in remaining flour mixture until incorporated and slightly curdled looking, about 1 minute longer, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.  Stir in wheat bran.

Spray 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray or coat lightly with butter.  Divide batter evenly among cups.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into center withdraws cleanly or with a few moist particles adhering to it, about 25 minutes.  Set on wire rack to cook slightly, about 5 minutes.  Remove muffins from tin and serve warm.

Recipe from The Best Recipe Cookbook

Maple Butter

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

In a small bowl combine softened butter and maple syrup.  Stir until combined and smooth.


  1. Is it really 1 1/4 CUPS cinnamon?

    1. Yikes! Oh my!! No! I just fixed it. Thanks for pointing that out!!