Upper Crust Bakery Apple-bran Muffins
This is an adaptation of a recipe from the Upper Crust Bakery, in Cambria Pines, California; which is located just off the Central California Coast, near Hearst Castle. I visited the bakery several years ago, and had these bran muffins. They are the best I've tasted and are healthful to boot. There were so many requests that the recipe was published in the local newspaper. Don't be too put off by the long list of ingredients; the batter can be kept refrigerated for about a week before you bake them; and it does make 24 muffins. Also they freeze well. The're worth the extra effort for a special occasion.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 1⁄2 cups of pure natural bran
- 1 1⁄2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1 1⁄3 cups stone ground whole wheat flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2⁄3 cup oil
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 2 (8 ounce) cartons yogurt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1⁄2 cup applesauce
- 1⁄4 cup apple cider
- 1⁄2 cup dried apple, diced
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1⁄2 lemon, rind of
- In a large bowl blend together the first ten (dry) ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (wet ingredients), and mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and mix until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
- Do not overmix.
- Refrigerate batter overnight.
- Muffin batter can be kept refrigerated for about 1 week.
- To bake, spray the top of the muffin pan (s) with non-stick spray.
- Line the cups with paper liners.
- Fill each cup to the rim with muffin batter.
- Bake at 400 degree F.
- 25-30 minutes.
- Muffins are done when firm and just lightly colored around edges.
- The tops will overflow when baked to meet other muffins.
- Cut apart to serve.
- For standard size muffins, fill cups 2/3 full.
- Brush tops with warm honey, if desired, while still warm.
- Makes about 24 muffins.
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Outstanding muffins!! So moist and scrumptious, I'm very impressed. I love that you can leave the batter in the fridge overnight (or longer) to have fresh muffins all week. This also helps to plump up the raisins. I admit I left out the dried apples and used extra raisins. Can't wait to try this in the fall with some dried apples from our tree. Thanks so much for a 10-star bran muffin. (note: I pulled these at 18-20 minutes- they are best not over baked).
I left out the molasses and just added more applesauce in its place because we don't really like the flavour it gives baked goods. These muffins are absolutely amazing. I forgot to buy a lemon and so this was missing. I can't wait to try it with the lemon next time. I like that the batter can be kept in the fridge. I made half a batch of batter and then only baked six muffins today. This way I can have fresh muffins again later in the week. Thanks for the great recipe.