Ingredients- Nancy Silvertons’s Bran Muffins with Adjustments
2 cups wheat bran (I used wheat table bran)
1 1/2 cups water (see below)
1 1/2 cups raisins (see below)
1/2 cup buttermilk or low-fat yogurt (I used buttermilk)
zest from one orange
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of raw honey ( I added this)
1/4 chopped walnuts ( I added this)
1/2 cup jam ( I added strawberry jam)
•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or grease.
•Spread wheat bran on a cookie sheet and place in oven for 6-8 minutes, this will toast the bran; stirring a few times to make sure it toasts evenly.
•Add raisins and 1/2 cup of water in a small sauce pan and boil for approximately 10 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Puree raisins in a food processor until smooth. I added all of the raisins and 3/4 cup of water in sauce pan as I didn’t want any whole raisins in the batter. Then I used the additional 3/4 cup of water in the next step.
•In a bowl mix together toasted bran, yogurt or buttermilk, 1 cup of water or 3/4 cup if you boiled all the raisins. Then mix in brown sugar, orange zest and raisin puree. (I added one tablespoon of raw honey.) Mix well.
•Add egg, egg white and oil; mix well.
•In a medium bowl mix together sifted flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix well; add to wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Add 1/2 cup of remaining raisins if you didn’t puree them all.
•Use a spoon or measuring cup and fill the muffin cups half full. Then take approximately 1 teaspoon full of jam and place in each muffin cup; then fill the muffin cups with remaining batter filling each cup almost to the top.
•Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and bake for 25-30 minutes. Oven temperatures may vary so check them after 25 minutes with a toothpick to see if they are done.
•Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before eating this allows the jelly time to set up.