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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omglidia's picture
10th Feb, 2015
Great recipe, I added chopped up pieces of kinder buenos and vanilla extract to make kinder bueno muffins and they were delicious.
22nd Jan, 2015
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
12th Apr, 2015
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.
6th Dec, 2014
of all the muffin recipes I've tried - this is the best the most moist, and adding your own flavours is easy.
Pooja Hura
2nd Dec, 2014
This is a pretty simple recipe and turned out awesome
25th Nov, 2014
Total beginner . Fantastic all my muffins have turned out amazing thank you so much
24th Oct, 2014
did the choc ones so omitted 100g flour for 100g cocoa. plus once wet n dry ingredients combined i added a 100g pack of milk choc chips. i felt 125ml of oil was too much so used just 110ml and am extremely happy with the result and hope this idea helps others. they came out still moist and lush but just not overwhelmed so much with oil taste. once cooled dusted them with mix of 1 tblspn each of cocoa and one of icing sugar. wot a yum fest!!!!!! ;-)
2nd Sep, 2014
Just baked a batch. Followed the recipe exactly.. somehow, the muffins lacked the fragrance of baked goods. They tasted abit bland. Will not be keeping this recipe
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25th Sep, 2014
Just a note, this is a basic recipe so you can add what you like to flavour them. I cut the top out and add jame then butter cream and replace the top so they are like mini sponges...yummy!
3rd Aug, 2014
Just made some plain ones with a touch of vanilla, used coconut oil and they came out perfect! Going to top with some honey and desicated coconut......... yummy. Been looking for a good muffin recipe for a while, definitely saving this one. :-)


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