This is the best recipe for bran muffins by far that I have come across! I like bran muffins.... No more then a day old though! I love FRESH bran muffins!! Fresh out of the oven, when they are still hot enough for the margarine to melt on them... Oh YUM!!! My Mom had made these for us growing up and until recently I had forgotten about th... It makes a huge batch which you keep in the fridge and then when you want a fresh batch of muffins all you do is pre-heat the oven, scoop the batter into the muffin tin and cook! Easy as that!!! And lots of bran in it too so good for you!!! I found this exact recipe online and they had gotten it from the Companies Coming Muffins cookbook.
4 cups Bran flake cereal
2 cups All bran cereal
2 cups Boiling water
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
4 cups (1 litre) buttermilk
1/4 cup molasses
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups raisins - depending on how many raisins you like in your muffins.. I put in 1 1/2 cups usually
In large bowl combine cereals and boiling water. Let stand.
In mixing bowl cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Mix in buttermilk. Add molasses. Stir in cereal mixture.
In another bowl combine flour, soda baking powder, salt and raisins. Mix thoroughly. Add to batter. Stir just to combine. Store in refrigerator. I use 4L ice cream pail.., if you make 6 muffins right away then put the rest of the batter in the pail it will just all fit in there! It will keep for six weeks (but won't last that long!) As required, fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan after 5 minutes. ( i usually put a sticky note on the pail with the oven temperature on it and how long to bake for.. Then you don't have to dig out the recipe every time you want to bake some!)
Variation: Brans may be switched to use 2 cups bran flakes and 4 cups all bran cereal. Or you may use natural bran to replace to cereal.