12 sweet Muffins - master recipe

Makes: 12 Ready in: 35 minutes

This master recipe allows you to adapt a batch of muffins to the ingredients you have available. Add spices, nuts, fruit or chocolate, play around and develop your own favourites.

  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Spices – see below
  • 100g butter – melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • Optional extras – 1 tsp of mixed spice, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1 cup mashed banana, 1 cup berries, ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ cup chocolate chips…


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease muffin pans or mini muffin pans
In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and any dried spices, berries or chocolate, nuts or other bits you may be adding.

Combine the butter milk and egg and whisk with a fork to combine. If including mashed banana, or vanilla, juices or yogurt add them now. Keep track of how much extra liquid you include and deduct that quantity from the amount of milk.

Example – if including ½ a cup of passion fruit yoghurt, use only ½ a cup milk.

Mix the liquids into the dry ingredients, till just mixed. Do not beat.

Quickly spoon the mixture into prepared pan and place in the oven. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until well risen, golden and springy.


Muffins freeze well and defrost quickly so you can pop a frozen muffin in the lunchboxes and it'll likely be defrosted by morning tea time. 

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