Monday, January 4, 2010

Best Basic Muffins Mix Ever!

Basic Muffin Mix

Ingredients

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for preparing the muffin tin

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

2/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for the top of the muffins

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup whole milk

Optional Ingredients

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

1-Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

½ White Chocolate Chips and ½ Cup Craisens

2 TBS orange Zest, 3 Tbs Poppy Seeds

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly brush a 12-muffin tin with butter and set aside. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with an electric hand-held mixer in a large bowl, cream the butter, zest, and 2/3 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a rubber spatula, fold the flour in 3 parts into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk in 2 parts, until just combined. Fold in the blueberries (or other ingredients). Take care not to over mix the batter.

Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool muffins in the pan on a rack. Serve warm.

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