Basic muffin recipe

Basic muffin recipe

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(66 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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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. :-)
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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