Basic Muffins with Variations
Sprinkle the tops with sugar if desired, and bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.
You can mix up a large batch of the basic dry mix (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) and store in a sealed container in your pantry.
To have fresh muffins in the morning, stir the mix and measure out 3 cups of mix for one dozen muffins, 6 cups for two dozen muffins, add the wet ingredients and the optional ingredients and bake.
Or, for a large group, make a large batch of the basic mix and make one dozen each of a variety of flavors with a lot less work.
Banana Nut - add 1c. mashed bananas and 1/2 c. chopped walnuts.
Blueberry - add 1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries.
Pina Colada - add 1 small can drained crushed pineapple and 1/2 c. coconut.
Apple Spice - add 1 peeled chopped apple, 1/4 teas. cinnamon and a dash nutmeg.
Coffee Walnut - add 1 teas. coffee extract and 3/4 c. chopped walnuts.
Pumpkin Spice - add 1 c. canned pumpkin, 1/2 teas. pumpkin pie spices, 1/2 c. nuts.
Mincemeat - add 1 c. canned mincemeat and 1/2 c. chopped nuts.
Date Nut - add 1 c. chopped dates and 1/2 c. nuts.
Cranberry - add 1 c. chopped fresh cranberries, 1/2 c. nuts, 1 teas. orange rind.
Chocolate chip - add 1 c. chocolate chips and 1/2 teas. vanilla extract, nuts if desired.
Cherry Almond - add 1 c. chopped dried cherries and 1/2 c. toasted flaked almonds.
Chocolate Chocolate chip - add 1/4 c. cocoa powder, 1/2 teas. vanilla and 1/2 c. (or more) chocolate chips (thanks LB).
Anything else you can think up. Adjust amount of milk in batter depending on the moistness of the added ingredients.