Peggy Reed of Vergennes, Vermont says her granddaughter Kelsey has always loved cooking. At age 4, Kelsey entered Bran Muffins in a baking contest. “The recipe Kelsey used is great for kids. The ingredients are measured in whole amounts,” Peggy explains. “It makes a lot of batter, but it can be stored in the refrigerator so the muffins can be made in batches.” By the way, Peggy also entered muffins in the contest, competing against Kelsey. Kelsey won the blue ribbon and Grandma came in second place!
- 6 cups bran cereal (not flakes)
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 5 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 quart buttermilk
- Combine cereal and water; let stand 10 minutes. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in cereal mixture. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes. Yield: 5-6 dozen.
Originally published as Easy Bran Muffins in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p14
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