Muffins in a muffin tin

Basic muffin recipe

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(165 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



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 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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hooper56's picture
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.
lidia.rocca'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


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