This is a situation that happens to me often: I set to make something only to find that I do not have all of the ingredients on hand. Most times instead of looking for alternatives I give up on making what I set out to cook. This general recipe for muffins is almost a God-send for me. It gives the flexibility to work with the ingredients I have on hand.
This general muffin recipe comes from the Tightwad Gazette:
2 to 2 1/2 cups of grain (flour, etc)
1 cup of milk
up to 1/4 cup of fat (butter or oil)
up to 1/2 cup of sweetener (sugar, honey, etc)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
up to 1 1/2 cups of additions (nuts, blueberries, mashed banana, etc).
To make, cream fat with the sweetener. Add the egg and continue beating, add milk then flour and baking powder and salt. Then add the addition of your choice and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until center is cooked.
That’s it! Isn’t that simple? Keep this recipe if you are stumped by missing ingredients sometimes. Also keep it if you don’t know what to do with overripe bananas or frozen blueberries.