Basic muffin recipe

Basic muffin recipe

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(54 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


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

  • kcal205
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 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)


  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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12th Oct, 2015
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.
18th Sep, 2015
OMG! they are so good, it was my first time making muffins and they turned out amazing. Try them!
28th Aug, 2015
how many muffins will this make please and it is the large muffins
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Carol C
24th Jun, 2015
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!
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Carol C
19th Jun, 2015
Made and they turned out great. Thanks for the recipe
4th Jun, 2015
Great recipe. Thank you ;)
30th May, 2015
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
25th Mar, 2015
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!
24th Mar, 2015
Very impressed with this recipe will definitely be using again!
21st Mar, 2015
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.


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