Saturday, January 12, 2013

Good mornin' Muffins...


These are so simple to make. And good for you! They are a great little muffin to get going in the morning- if you are like me and can't stomach a feed first thing, then these little things with a mug a tea will start you out on a good foot!

It's a recipe that I have evolved over the years but one that I can almost claim to be entirely my own :) Obviously... no recipe is entirely ones own, hence my use of almost and sure most ingredients in regular day-to-day baking are all the same anyway. But none-the-less, this recipe is one I have tinkered with, again and again, and now I think it's perfect.

This yields 12 muffin size cakes but you'll get more if you go with the fairy size cases.
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 good teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs (free range)
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 110g butter
  • 150ml low fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (or one, or none, if you prefer it not so vanilla-y)
  • 200g mixed berries ( I used a forest fruits mix of berries here. I had them in my freezer they go in here frozen)
  • 100g rolled oats ( I use an organic oats and seeds mix)
  1. Heat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy and then add the eggs one at a time until the yolks disappear.
  3. Dry whisk together the flours, baking powder and oats.
  4. Add half flour and the half milk to the butter mix.
  5. Add your vanilla.
  6. Fold in the fruit but be careful not to over mix.
  7. Fill cases 2/3 full and then pop in your oven for 20-25 minutes until nice an golden on top, your cake test comes

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For those of you who are regulars round here, you'll notice this is a re-post of sorts. I remade the recipe in a "healthier" way as I am including it over at Laura Loves Cakes for the Calendar Cakes Challenge. 

Laura Loves Cakes

It's a baking challenge run alternate months between Laura Loves Cakes and Dolly Bakes . The theme of this month is "New Year, New You". Healthy eating challenges are hard for me as a baker, but I think these muffins are a good morning staple. You could of course substitute the sugar for a low-cal sweetener, but I don't have anything like that in the house. The rolled oats and seeds are a wholegrain, naturally low in sugar and a great source of fibre. 

Sure what's not to love?




28 comments:

  1. OH WOW they look amazing Hazel
    I can almost taste them.

    I would love one now with my morning coffee.

    I might give them a try (even though I am certainly not much use in the kitchen) embarrassed smiley needed here!

    I have most of the ingredients except the rolled oats (would you believe I have never bought them) I will try the supermarket today (wonder would they have them in Aldi?

    Anyway I love the way you can throw the berries in frozen and the recipe sounds like something that maybe I could master!

    Have a good weekend my friend

    Fiona x

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    1. Fiona! Aldi is great..

      You'll get it all there! Kavanagh's do an organic oats and seeds mix. They don't always have it in stock in our's but you will definitely get the oats on their own, look in the cereals section. Then pop over to the nuts and berries part and pick up a bag of mixed seeds, that fix the no seeds part- just throw in a handful with 100g of the oats. Go down to the freezer section and you'll get the frozen berry mix. You'll be sorted :)

      Happy baking :) X

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  2. Ohhh these look yummy!!! AND I've just realised I've all these ingredients in my cupboard so I might give them a go over the weekend!!

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    1. Hooray! More happy baking this weekend :)

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  3. Yum! Yum! Yum! Hazel send some my way!

    Sophie xo

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  4. They look like a very yummy way to start the day.. Thanks for sharing the recipe x
    Magie

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    1. Thank you as always for stopping by Magie! They are a great little way to start the day! x

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  5. Well Hazel if the bake shop is a bit in the future, you could certainly publish that cookbook and use all your own photos! I like that you don't skimp on the berries :) I make an "Exploding Blueberry Muffin", which is now so named because the blueberries we get here are so big that if you bite into one in the muffin, chances are it'll explode down your clean shirt.
    Wendy

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    1. Oh I love berries, and never skimp! I also adore bluberries Wendy! Those exploding ones sounds like they'd be great in a blueberry cheesecake, nice and juicy! Again, just to destroy your clean shirt ;)

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  6. Hi Hazel! So good to have found you!

    These look so yummy and jammy - I have some frozen blackberries in the freezer, they could be lovely and zingy in these!

    Following your blog right back :-D xXx

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    1. oh yes for sure! I saved the blackberries for a sponge i was making to co-ordinate with jam but blackberry muffins would be amazing :)

      Thank you for the follow too, so glad to have you here!

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  7. Will definitely be giving these a go Hazel they look yummy
    Xx

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    1. Thanks Victoria. Let me know how they go x

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  8. Yum...it certainly would be a good morning if I had one of these little beauties to eat!! Anything with berries in is winner to me as well. They look so moist and tasty. Thanks for entering your muffins into this month's Calendar Cakes :-)

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    1. Thank you Laura and thank you for popping by! I am very excited to be taking part in Calendar Cakes- a great idea :)

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  9. wow, thanks for sharing this, i love cakes and really need a healthier version.

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  10. These look very nice, and healthy - I do love a muffin.

    You're so right about "owning" recipes - essentially, there are only so many variations you can have on cakes, muffins, cookies etc.

    Gillian x

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    1. Exactly Gillian! They are all the same with some twist! But so much fun to tinker with :)

      Hazel x

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  11. Hi Hazel! :) I love your name by the way! Thanks bunches for visiting my blog and for your sweet words! So happy you found me. Isn't blogland just so so fun?!

    These muffins looks so yummy!

    Love from the NJ Shore!
    xo Jenny

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    1. Thanks for popping back Jenny! Wow! I hope you enjoyed your visit :)

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  12. Hi Hazel,

    I reckon every morning will be a good morning to me if I'm eating one of these muffin every morning. Love its berries and oats combination.

    Your blog is fantastic! Love to be back for more... I'm now your latest follower.

    Zoe

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    1. Wow! Zoe, thank you so much for popping by :) and for following!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by x

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  14. I LOVE your blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)

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    1. Ah! Thank you and for following :) So nice to have you here x

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  15. These have become one of my favourite things to make. I'm making them again right now! :) Thanks for sharing Hazel.

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