Wednesday, October 14, 2009

6 Week Bran Muffins

This recipe was given to me by my step mom many years ago.
The batter will keep in the refrigerator for up to
6 weeks, getting tastier and darker as it has time to 'meld'.
I have never had it last that long, however, as I bake them
up within a couple of weeks. They are the perfect healthy
breakfast or snack!

2 cups boiling water
5 teaspoons soda
1 cup shortening (I use half Crisco, half butter)
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 quart buttermilk
5 cups flour
1 Tablespoon salt
4 cups All Bran (original or buds)
2 cups Bran Flakes ( I used Raisin Bran)
2 cups raisins (and dates if you like)
1 cup chopped nuts
(I didn't use 'cuz I don't care for nuts in my breads or muffins!)
Add soda to boiling water and set aside to cool.
(I always get excited when the soda fizzes in the water!
I know ~ simple pleasures for simple minds! ;~} )
In a very large bowl:
Cream shortening until fluffy.
Add sugar to blend.
Add eggs, one at a time ~
Just look at those bright orange yolks
in those eggs my girls lay for me everyday!
Stir in buttermilk, then add the flour and the salt.
In another bowl:
Stir the soda/water mixture into the bran flakes and buds.
Add raisins (and dates and nuts, if using).
Pour into buttermilk mixture and stir to combine.

You can now bake some muffins or
store in a covered container and refrigerate to bake fresh
anytime you want.
Remember, they get better as they 'age' a few days!

Be sure to stir batter before spooning into muffin tins.
Bake at 375* for 20 minutes.
(I know my muffin tin is kinda groady looking, but it is well used
and works better than my newer shiney ones!)

Serve these old fashioned muffins plain,
with sweet cream butter or
your delicious homemade apple butter!

Note: You can add a bit of chopped apple or other fruit
just before baking for variety.



Nadine said...

Yum ~ Those look good! Thank you for sharing the recipe. We really enjoy muffins at our house. They are great for breakfast and snacks and go wonderful with tea.
I will be printing this recipe to add to my file of recipes to try!

Love & Blessings!

Christa said...

I remember having these when I was in high school (many many years ago :))
I loved them! I'm pretty sure this is the same recipe that we had.
Do you think I could use all butter or use coconut oil instead of shortning?
Also, do you mind if I post this on my blog with a link to yours? I think this is a great recipe for young moms with little kids who need a quick healthy treat they can pop in the oven really quick.

Thank you Lady Farmer!


LDH said...

Wonderful looking muffins! Do you recall how many the recipe makes? I am sure I wouldn't bake them all at once, I was just curious.

Kindly, ldh

Farmgirl Cyn said...

i am most certain i have the same recipe somewhere! i used to make them when my kids were much younger.
hmmm....maybe it's time for another batch!

Miss Jen said...

Oh... dear Lady Farmer~
those muffins look amazing!!

Love~ Jen

Wren Cottage said...

Ohhhh!!! These look wonderful!! I have heard of these but never had a recipe. Thank you so much for sharing and I do say the "girls" make awfully pretty yolks :) cute :)
Have a great day and thank you!
xox ~ Madai

Velva said...

Wow! Those muffins look good. Also, to be able to save the batter in the refrigerator and make a fresh batch each day, if you choose. Darn cool!

hip chick said...

I have made the batter but not baked any yet...oh my word is that a lot of batter!!! :o What I licked off my fingers tasted pretty good.

Simply Heart And Home said...

Those look so delicious! I have a similar recipe. :) I think the chopped apple would taste wonderful.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Still trying to catch up on my visiting, these bran muffins look delicious, and b muffins with raisins are one of my favorite. I agree about using eggs that are from your own hen house simply one of the many pleasures in life.

. said...

They look good!

Anonymous said...

What a neat recipe. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

Jo said...

They look yum - can you tell me what cream cheese butter is? Is it just plain old cream cheese or do you add something extra?

PS my muffins always end up dry (I don't mix them very much) - should I add more liquid?

Jo said...

Thanks for leaving a message on my blog (and silly me for misreading the butter!!!). I was telling my work mates about this recipe and they want me to give it a try as they can't believe you can leave muffin mix in the fridge for so long. Can I half the recipe as it looks quite a lot?

Suzanne said...

I did a post on these some time ago, I used Tasha Tudor's receipt. These are a yummy muffin:-)

Anonymous said...

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Thanks for the compliment.

American Home said...

These look wonderful! I am going to try them today. Thank you.

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Amy said...

I can just taste them. Sounds like fun. Thank you!!

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