Basic Muffin Batter (And Variations)

Recipe by Sweet Diva MJ
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READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Get out the additional ingredients for the variation you have chosen.
  • Heat oven to 375°F; grease 12 regular or 24 mini-muffin cups.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, baking powder and salt until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs.
  • Gently stir (fold) flour in alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour until well blended.
  • Follow the directions for the variation you've chosen and divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  • Bake 17 to 20 minutes for regular size, or 14 to 16 minute for mini muffins, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire rack.
  • CHOCOLATE CINNAMON**:
  • Add 1 teaspoons cinnamon to flour in Basic Batter. Stir in 1 cup melted semi- sweet chocolate chips after flour. Divide among muffin cups.
  • Cut up 4 ounces light cream cheese and press into batter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar mixed with ½ teaspoons Cinnamon. Bake as above.
  • APPLE ALMOND:
  • Crumble 1 can (8 oz.) or 1 roll (7 oz.) almond paste on top of Basic Batter and stir in with 1 cup chopped apple. Divide among muffin cups and top each with 2 thin slices apple (or 1 slice halves for minis).
  • Bake as above. Brush tops with 2 tablespoons warmed honey.
  • PUMPKIN STRUESEL:**.
  • Mix 2/3 cup solid-pack pumpkin, ¼ cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons molasses, and 1 teaspoons pumpkin-pie spice into Basic Batter. Divide among muffin cups. Top with crumbly mix of 3 tablespoons cold butter, 1/3 cup flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/3 cup chopped pecans. Bake as above.
  • CRANBERRY UPSIDE DOWN**:
  • Thoroughly grease muffin cups (do not line). Mix ¾ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce, ¼ cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons sugar and ¼ teaspoons nutmeg.
  • Divide among muffin cups. Press 1 pecan half into center. Spread Basic Batter gently over cranberries. Bake as above. Cool in pan 15 minutes.
  • CRANBERRY:**.
  • Mix ¾ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce, ¼ cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons sugar and ¾ teaspoons nutmeg into Basic Batter. Bake as above.
  • SPICY MINCEMEAT:
  • Stir 1 cup mincemeat and ¼ teaspoons Allspice into Basic Batter. Divide among muffin cups. Bake as above.
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