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Basic muffin recipe

Basic muffin recipe

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Makes 20
Good Food reader Charlotte Hilsdon shares her simple, chocolate chip muffin recipe, which you can add fruit, chocolate or nuts to

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition per muffin

  • kcalories205
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggs

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  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 250ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 400g self-raising flour (or same quantity plain flour and 3 tsp baking powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100g chocolate chips (see tip) or dried fruit such as sultanas or dried cherries (optional)

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line 2 muffin trays with paper muffin cases. In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly with a handheld electric mixer for 1 min. Add the oil and milk and beat until just combined then add the sugar and whisk until you have a smooth batter. Sift in the flour and salt (and baking powder if using) then mix until just smooth. Be careful not to over-mix the batter as this will make the muffins tough. Stir in the chocolate chips or dried fruit if using.

  2. Fill muffin cases two-thirds full and bake for 20-25 mins, until risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. If the trays will not fit on 1 shelf, swap the shelves around after 15 mins of cooking. Leave the muffins in the tin to cool for a few mins and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Comments (32)

mellb's picture
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I've been making muffins for years and have never felt I had them quite right until I followed this recipe. I was a bit dubious at the smooth batter stage. Its very liquidy/watery. Anyhow I went ahead. I made 10 raspberry and 10 chocolate chip. They are fabulous and delicious, well risen and light. Thank you as I will be using this recipe many times in the future.

shantal's picture
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I have to agree with all the previous comments - this recipe is truly amazing! These must be the quickest and tastiest muffins I think I've ever made! Will definitely be adding them to my Bible of recipes and making them for many years to come :D (ps. Thank you to those who recommended using butter instead of oil and adding vanilla extract for extra flavour!)

shingar's picture
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I have just made these. I changed the oil for butter but added rum flavouring and plain chocolate bits and sprinkle caster sugar on top. I got 15 and they turned out lovely. Can't wait to try out other variations.

helensj's picture
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I have just made these and they are fabulous. I used plain flour (with 1 1/2 teaspoons of bicarb & 1 1/2 of baking), melted butter as I had no oil and switched choc chips with chopped cherries. For my flavouring I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of almond extract. Finally for added naughtiness I put a piece of Cadburys fudge bar in each one! Beautiful! Thank you for the great recipe. Xx

del.cozens's picture
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These muffins are amazing I've made them a few times now, if you want a chocolate version substitute 100g of flower for 100g of cocoa.

Anna22522's picture

OMG! they are so good, it was my first time making muffins and they turned out amazing. Try them!

fairycherub's picture

how many muffins will this make please and it is the large muffins

Carol C's picture
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Iv used this recipe twice made the first batch without cocoa and added fudge bits the second batch I used cocoa and a bit less oil with choc chips both have turned out fab. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

Carol C's picture
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Made and they turned out great. Thanks for the recipe

Mireksk's picture
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Great recipe. Thank you ;)

hooper56's picture

This muffin recipe is so light and tasty.. Al my work colleagues love them
have used this recipe for the last few weeks.. won't be using any other

julia181's picture

Last time i made muffins using a different recipe they turned out TERRIBLE. They were dry and eggy. However this is a great recipe. I made a double batch and added some vanilla extract. I also made 6 mint flavoured ones and they were delicious. Will be using this recipe again!

Louise.27's picture

Very impressed with this recipe will definitely be using again!

Squee's picture
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Now this recipe is a keeper!! I was using up bits and pieces so added some morello glace cherries, crushed flaked almonds, a little dessicated coconut and 3 tsps of caramel flavouring. The texture is SO light and fluffy! I used olive oil as i didn't have any vegetable oil but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Ever so quick and easy and made 15 muffins. This will definitely be my go to muffin recipe from now on.

omglidia's picture
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Great recipe, I added chopped up pieces of kinder buenos and vanilla extract to make kinder bueno muffins and they were delicious.

Vixy's picture

A lovely recipe....... Thank you! ..... I added Blueberries to my muffins and dusted the top with a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon before cooking, this gave them a lovely crispy finish on top! :-)

shilpatij's picture
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Great recipe! I added fresh blueberries and they looked fab and tasted delicious! This will be my go-to basic muffin recipe. I baked them for 20mins at 175* fan.
Thank you for sharing.

dianasparkler's picture
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of all the muffin recipes I've tried - this is the best the most moist, and adding your own flavours is easy.

Pooja Hura's picture
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This is a pretty simple recipe and turned out awesome

Callowqueen's picture

Total beginner . Fantastic all my muffins have turned out amazing thank you so much

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Questions (6)

chorusgirl's picture
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These are amazing!! Does anyone know if they freeze well??

fairycherub's picture

How many does this make ?

vick_new's picture

I've made this and have half of the mix left over still, have I maybe done something wrong?

Siddy's picture

Who write's all these recpi

Susie33's picture

How much dry ingredients would you add?

Tips (3)

Gemma Dowling's picture
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If you feel these muffins taste too bland of buttery, add vanilla essence or choc chips something to take your mind of the butter flavour ;p

lorna1303's picture

I have seen other muffin recipes where you can use the same volume of slightly cooled melted butter in place of the vegetable oil. I much prefer the flavour of butter rich baking!

dawndyloo's picture

I just made these and they look perfect (I added 100g chocolate chips) but they taste a bit dry which is really disappointing. I used groundnut oil but I think I'll follow your suggestion of butter next time and see if that helps. Thanks!

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