Basic Muffins: Simple and Easy
Our basic muffin recipe is perfect for when you want something simple, or as a blank canvas for adding nuts, berries, chocolate chips or other yummy things.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 2cups/260 grams all-purpose flour (or 2 1/4 cups pastry flour; sifted)
- ½cup granulated sugar
- 1tablespoon baking powder
- ½teaspoon salt
- ¼teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 1cup whole milk
- 1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1large egg
- 4tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
Step 1Gather the ingredients. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
Step 2Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Step 3Heat the butter in the microwave, in a microwave-safe bowl, for about a minute, until it's thoroughly melted. Set it aside at room temperature to cool, but don't let it solidify again.
Step 4Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add the sugar, milk, and vanilla.
Step 5Thoroughly grease and flour a 12-cup muffin pan (or use paper muffin liners).
Step 6Ensure that the melted butter is warm, but not hot. Pour a tiny bit of the butter into the egg-vanilla-milk mixture and stir it in. Repeat a few more times, adding a slightly larger amount of the liquid butter each time until it's all incorporated.
Step 7Now add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix just until the dry ingredients are barely incorporated. Don't mix too long—10 to 15 seconds at the most! The batter will be visibly lumpy, and you may see pockets of dry flour, but that's okay. Overmixing the batter will cause your muffins to be rubbery.
Step 8Let the batter rest for 10 to 15 minutes, to allow the glutens in the flour to relax, and some of those pockets of dry flour to dissolve.
Step 9Gently pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and bake immediately.
Step 10Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Step 11Serve and enjoy.