Muffins in a muffin tin

Basic muffin recipe

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(112 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 20

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

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 2 medium eggs lightly with a handheld electric mixer for 1 min.

  2. Add 125ml vegetable oil and 250ml semi-skimmed milk and beat until just combined then add 250g golden caster sugar and whisk until you have a smooth batter.

  3. Sift in 400g self-raising flour and 1 tsp salt (or 400g plain flour and 3 tsp baking powder if using) then mix until just smooth. Be careful not to over-mix the batter as this will make the muffins tough.

  4. Stir in 100g chocolate chips or dried fruit if using.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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Sophie Ackert's picture
Sophie Ackert
12th Jun, 2018
used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and added desiccated coconut and cinnamon and vanilla, turned out so tasty!
Madison Price's picture
Madison Price
18th Mar, 2018
I didn't have self raising flower so I did what it said to do and add 3 tsp and it came out horrible it left a nasty taste in your mouth. Do not make the muffins like this
25th Feb, 2018
Rubbish! Dry and tasteless...don’t bother
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David A Jamieson
21st Jan, 2018
More cakey than I'd like a muffin to be, but turned out well. Quite sticky -- 250g sugar is a lot!
Divya Mittal's picture
Divya Mittal
5th Jan, 2018
Hey, I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out really well :) The only extra ingredient I added was the vanilla essence. The crust was crunchy & the muffins were very soft. Thanks a lot for this recipe :D HAPPY BAKING!!
AMLang's picture
26th Nov, 2017
This is a great recipe for beginners. It was my first ever bake and it came out very nicely. Simple recipe to follow and not much complicated equipment is needed. I didn't have an electric hand whisk so I used a regular whisk.
1st Nov, 2017
great recipe! perfect, light muffins. i added vanilla, a bit of extra sugar and dried cranberrries. even my little one loved it! thank you so much! this will be my go-to muffin recipe from now on!
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20th Mar, 2017
Lovely, light muffins. Followed the recipe but added vanilla essence, white chocolate and raspberries after gently folding in the flour. Delicious. Will be using this basic recipe again.
2nd Mar, 2017
Lovely :D Followed the recipe and stayed really moist and soft ready for the next day.
18th Feb, 2017
The best Muffin recipe I have tried so far, would high recommend


29th Dec, 2013
Who write's all these recpi
14th Oct, 2013
How much dry ingredients would you add?
29th Dec, 2013
50 g


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