|Long ago when I had given birth to one our babies, a sweet friend brought us dinner. And part of the dinner was a tin full of Grandma Larson's Bran Muffins. They were from a recipe in her husband's family and they were moist, delicious, and tender.|
They have become my favorite muffin recipe! And since I made some this week, I thought I'd share this treat with you. I have made some adjustments to the recipe to fit the ingredients I have on hand and to add a bit of chocolate to them. So here we go!
|The adjustments I made to the recipe are listed below:|
1 1/4 c. boiling water
3 c. raisin bran flakes
1/2 c. cooking oil
1 c. sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 c. buttermilk (from a carton or homemade sour milk or buttermilk made with dry mix)
2 1/2 c. flour
3 tsp. soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips stirred up with a teaspoon of flour so they won't sink to the bottom of the muffin.
Go ahead and follow the original directions while making the above substitutes if you wish. I don't buy All Bran cereal, so that's why I just use bran flake cereal or raisin bran cereal. I increased the boiling water since I add it to the whole 3 cups of raisin bran. And please know that this recipe is very forgiving...if your batter is alittle thinner than you think it should be (mine was this past time) just add some more bran flakes to it. Works just fine.
|The recipe makes about 24 muffins. I like to bake them right in the tin without liners but then when I give them to friends or family I sometimes place the finished muffin in a liner for a nicer presentation. As the recipe says, you can bake a batch, then keep the rest of the batter in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Brilliant!!|
|They are equally good without chocolate chips, but in my opinion, the chocolate chips send them over the AMAZING top. :) I also top dress the unbaked muffin with chopped walnuts and a few more choc. chips.|
I just had one, right from the oven, with a tall glass of iced coffee. Summer bliss!
|V E R Y moist. Even 3-4 days after you bake them.|
I gave some to our neighbor friends, and they all enjoyed them to the max! These can be a nice gift for neighbors, families who need encouragement, new moms, friends at Christmas, etc.
And a BIG thank you to Debbie for sharing her recipe in our church cookbook many years ago and for introducing me to these wonderful treats from your family!