Muffins are Cake in Disguise?

2 Jan

It is true, many “muffins” are exactly that. And portion size! Yikes! Once I even sliced one of those huge grocery store muffins and served it to several people for coffee break at a meeting.
Here are 2 muffin recipes that are more than just cake. Try baking them. Fill all 12 muffin cups just like the recipe says. Notice how much smaller they are compared with the average muffin you can purchase in the store. This is just another example of portion distortion (see link in the blogroll). By the way, did you know you can cut back on the sugar in most recipes and the results will still be great? Try cutting up to 1/3 of the sugar out of these muffins and you’ll see what I mean. Now, with muffins as small as these, you still have room for other food. Try adding a slice or two of cheese and an apple. It makes a perfect snack, and the variety of food groups makes it satisfying for both the hunger and the palette. Enjoy!

Banana Muffins

½ cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg unbeaten
¼ tsp salt
1 cup mashed bananas
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 tbsp very hot water
1½ cup flour

Preheat oven to 350̊ F. Mix in order given. Pour into 12 muffin cups.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Bran Muffins

¼ cup shortening
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 eggs (unbeaten)
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1½ cups bran
½ cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350̊ F. Mix in order given. Pour into 12 muffin cups.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Thanks to Erin & Sylvia for the inspiration for today’s blog!

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One Response to “Muffins are Cake in Disguise?”

  1. Erin January 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Any time I can inspire you is a good day! Thanks for the recipes!

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