Bran Gems

Bran Gems Recipe

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Joan Woodward


My grandmother Wright wrote out this recipe from her mother and passed it on to my mother. My Mum made these moist little muffins frequently. The recipe is very good for making those little bite-size muffins.

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Makes 10-12 standard size muffins or approx. 18-20 mini muffins.
10 Min
15 Min


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1 c
all purpose flour
1 c
oat bran
1 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1 c
sour milk
egg, well beaten
1/2 c
raisins (optional)
1/2 c
walnuts (optional)
1/2 c
chopped dates (optional)

How to Make Bran Gems


  • 1Mix all dry ingredients together - except the baking soda - in a large bowl.
  • 2Dissolve the soda in sour milk. (Sour the milk with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of lemon juice or vinegar.)
  • 3Add milk and beaten egg to the flour mixture and combine gently.
  • 4Mix in raisins and nuts, if desired, or add 1/2 cup chopped dates.
  • 5Fill greased muffin tin cups two-thirds full or use paper liners.
  • 6Bake in pre-heated 425 F. degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
    If using the mini-muffin tin, check for doneness after 7-8 minutes.

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About Bran Gems

Course/Dish: Muffins
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy

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