General Muffin Recipe


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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)

1 egg

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.

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  • bigg

    One of my all time favorite dishes. Looks wonderful.

  • Thanks for the recipe! I am going to assume you meant up TO 1/4 c. of fat instead of up 10 1/4 c. of fat though. Thanks for your great site!

  • Laura Samuelson

    10 cups of fat seems to be a mistake

    • Sorry about that typo. 10 cups of fat would make for disgusting muffins.


  • Melissa

    I tried the recipe and they turned out great. I used 1/2 cup of honey and wouldn’t recommend it. It was not sweet enough, maybe use sugar instead. Oh well, it was easy enough to make over again. Thanks for posting this, I have it bookmarked!!

  • K

    Q. Is that a total of 5 cups of grain?
    Two and 1/2 cups done twice?

    • Hi K, I changed the wording to make it more clear. Sorry about that.


  • K

    Thanks, Mercedes – you’re always on the ball answering everyone’s questions and clarifying comments and thanks for your subscription email news. You always have a wealth of information to pass on to the masses.

  • Will Red

    This recipe is even better if instead of 1 cup of milk you add 1cup of hazelnut coffee creamer. Try it you won’t regret it. The hazelnut creamer adds a bit more flavor.