How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Basic Use-What-You-Have Muffins

This is that balderdash recipe that I pull out of my hat on dreary mornings when the kids are slumping around the kitchen with their hair in a matted mess and sleep stuck in the corners of their eyes.  Nothing wakes a brood of kiddos up like fresh muffins, and these can be made with ANYTHING and have a million substitution options.

In a large bowl:

2 cups of all purpose flour (or wheat, or 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg (maybe add some cinnamon, too?)

Whisk together in another bowl:

2 large eggs
1 cup of milk or cream (or half and half or buttermilk)
2/3 cup of sugar (white or granulated or organic or brown)
4-8 tbsp of warm melted butter, unsalted, or vegetable oil, or coconut oil
1 generous teaspoon, okay 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Notes & substitutions:
If you are eating hot & fresh, use 4 tbsp butter.  If you plan to store and/or travel with these, use 8 tbsp. Any dairy liquid will work . . . . skim to low fat milk all they way up to heavy whipping cream.  Sub 1 cup of whole wheat flour for increased fiber.

For yogurt, buttermilk or sour cream . . sub one of those 3 for the milk/cream and add 1/2 tsp baking soda.

For blueberry . . . add 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries to the basic mixture.  Decrease sugar to 1/3 cup.  So that the blueberries don't sink, toss them lightly in flour prior to adding.

Raspberry . . . . add 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries to the basic mixture.  Add 1/4 tsp of almond extract to the wet ingredients.

Lemon poppy seed or Perfect Poppy Seed . . . add 1 tsp grated lemon zest and 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds to basic mixture.

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