By Lauren Lin:
Winter has begun to make its way into our lives, and we now need those simple pleasures that we can alwaysturn to (especially after battling the freezing temperatures). Biting into a delicious, freshly baked muffin is the perfect way to bring comfort and warmth back into the unforgiving cold. Muffins are a classic treat that everyone in the family can enjoy, but it can be difficult to find a recipe for muffins that doesn’t require many ingredients, or a lot of time and effort, while still being tasty.
After my disastrous first attempt at baking muffins, I turned to the Internet and countless cookbooks for help.
Out of all the recipes that I have tried, this one is by far my absolute favourite (and my family’s as well). The recipe is
very simple, time-saving, and can be easily personalized for people with specific tastes, or allergies (for example, you can substitute the dairy products with soy milk).
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup plain (unflavoured) or flavoured yogurt
2/3 cup milk 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of berries or
chopped fruit (It depends on how many berries
or pieces fruit you want in your muffins.
In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Then, stir in the yogurt, milk, melted butter, and fruit until it is evenly mixed. Some suggestions for berries and
fruit are: blueberries, chopped cranberries, grated apples, chopped pineapple, chopped bananas, raisins, and
sliced peaches! You can even throw in a few nuts. You can try the recipe with different fruits to find the one that
you like best.
Line your muffin pans with paper liner, lightly grease and flour, or use a baking spray.
Fill your muffin cups up at around 2/3 full (for these muffins, I find that a little batter goes a long way, so feel
free to experiment with the amount in each cup).
Set your oven to 400˚F, and bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the centre
comes out clean).
Serve them warm.
Add some toppings if you’d like, and you’ll have great tasting muffins that everyone will love.
Good Luck And Enjoy!