Sunday, January 20, 2013

Double Bran Muffins

This is a traditional bran muffin recipe that is an old family favorite. This is the perfect recipe if you like to make muffins ahead and freeze because it makes over 40 muffins. When I was a little girl, mom use to keep the batter in the refrigerator and make fresh ones every day for about 3-4 days, which is another way to use the large portion. You can always cut the recipe in half for less muffins.  These are delicious and seem to improve the next day. 

I haven't made these gluten free.  If I decide to try at some point I would probably use a gluten free oat bran or rice bran and a gluten free flake such as corn flakes, to replace the bran (wheat) version. Gluten free flour of your choice.
For milk allergies and vegans, soy milk with 1 Tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice per cup can substitute  the buttermilk. Egg replacer would be necessary for vegans and egg allergies.

 *Xanthan gum would also need to be added with gluten free flours, 3 3/4 tsp. I would love to know if you try it. 

Double Bran Muffins                                    Makes 44-46 muffins
2 cups boiling water
2 cups all-bran cereal
2 cups shortening
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 qt buttermilk
5 cups flour
5 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
5 cups bran flakes
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 400. Prepare muffin tins with paper cup liners or spray with non stick cooking spray.
Put all-bran in a "huge" mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over and stir. Let sit until room temperature.
After mixture is cooled add shortening and sugar. Mix well, I use an electric hand mixer.
Add eggs and buttermilk, mix well.
In another mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture, but don't over mix. Fold in bran flakes and raisins.
Spoon into prepared muffin tins. I fill my tins almost to the top for a nice big muffin. 
Bake for about 20 minutes. They should spring back when gently touched on top.
Let sit for about 2 minutes before removing from tins. Cool completely on wire racks.

Share or freeze extra muffins. Muffins will stay fresh for a several days in an airtight container.

Enjoy your muffins!

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