Muffins: A Classic

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.

Serves 5-8
10-20 mins
15-20 mins

 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!