Basic muffin recipe

Basic muffin recipe

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(61 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
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 250ml semi-skimmed milk



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  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 400g self-raising flour (or same quantity plain flour and 3 tsp baking powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100g chocolate chips 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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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. :-)
19th Jul, 2014
First ever muffin recipe I've tried, I'm a novice baker but this was very easy to do and tasted great. I added a chopped up banana to the mix and a small chunk of chocolate in each muffin
22nd Jun, 2014
TonyD, I think you've probably over mixed the muffins. You should mix the wet and dry ingredients until JUST combined - you should still see powdery bits and wetter bits... Just made a double batch and threw in loads of rapsberries and white chocolate! Mmm! Best muffins I've ever made, and that's saying something haha! Mmm
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29th May, 2014
I must admit, mine turned out a little eggy, and I still taste residue from the baking powder in my mouth. I'd say the consistency could be a little lighter also... anything you think I may have done wrong from these results???
25th May, 2014
This recipe was so easy to prepare! I divided the dough and made 6 lemon curd and 6 choc chip muffins in one go! Check out my blog to see how: Thanks for the recipe!
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22nd Feb, 2014
Really good recipe! Just made some now because I was craving pudding! Replaced the flour with gluten free flour and obviously added chocolate and they were absolutely delicious :-) mmmmmmmmm!
6th Oct, 2013
an amazing recipe just amazing I have made cherry and choclet and it just really worked out well thank you
22nd Jun, 2016
cherry and choc mmmmm! add a swirl of cream and you have Black forest muffins!! Im going to make them now yum! thanks for that Cx


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