These are not bran muffins
I happen to be a fan of bran muffins but my husband is not.
He devours all things healthy but turns his nose up at bran muffins – finds them too dense.
Leave dark coloured muffins on the counter cooling and he’ll assume that they’re bran.
These muffins are dark and flavourful but there is no bran in sight. Instead, they have a blend of regular flour, rye flour and cornmeal. They’re full of flavour and are light and moist.
Boston Brown bread, also known as Maritime Brown Bread to those of us who grew up on the East Coast of Canada, was traditionally steamed in a coffee can rather than baked in the oven. That’s why it’s so moist.
These muffins are an authentic way to get that Boston/Maritime brown bread taste and texture in under 20 minutes, rather than the two hours plus that the steamed bread usually takes to cook.
Tip: The batter for these muffins is very runny but don’t be tempted to add more flour. Trust that Marion Cunningham knows how to make a feathery, moist muffin.
Boston Brown Bread Muffins recipe
Makes 12 muffins (the old fashioned size)
- 1/2 cup rye flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk or soured milk*
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup golden raisins, currants or dried cranberries
*To sour you milk add 1 Tbsp. of vinegar to the cup of milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Butter a standard muffin pan.
- Mix together the flours, cornmeal, salt, and baking soda.
- In a separate bowl, combine the egg, molasses, sugar, oil, buttermilk and vanilla.
- Blend well. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients, along with the fruit, mixing gently until just combined.
- Fill the prepared muffin tins 3/4 of the way
- Bake at 400 F for 15-20 minutes (until tester comes out clean.)
Nutritional information (per muffin):
These muffins are also a good source of:
Vitamin B-6, Vitamin E, iron, magnesium and manganese
If you love feathery muffins try Alan’s ginger muffins
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