Archive for February, 2010

Moist, sweet and good for you too.

 UPDATE:  These are great, but I’ve found an even better recipe – Spicy Zucchini Bran Muffins – that you should also check out – assuming you have a zucchini.


This recipe came to our family more than 30 years ago from my Grandmother’s neighbour, Isabel Moore,  in Nelson, B.C. It makes 30 large-ish muffins that freeze well.  I can throw the batter together in my Kitchen Aid Mixer in less time than it takes my oven to heat to 350 degrees.  Isabel’s recipe only called for 1 tbsp of molasses and 1 cup of raisins, but I prefer to use a bit more. You can try them both ways and decide for yourself.


I cup canola oil

3 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

1/4 cup molasses

3 cups milk

3 cups bran (see recommendation below)

3 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

1-2 cups raisins


Place rack in middle to middle high position in oven. Heat to 350 degrees.

Combine oil, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, soda, salt, and molasses in your mixer with K paddle and set to lowest stir speed.

Pour in milk slowly, to avoid getting splashed.

In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder and bran (For the best texture, use a mix of half natural bran and half All-Bran cereal)

Add dry ingredients to mixer all at once and “stir” for 5 to 10 seconds only, until just combined. As with all muffins, overstirring will give you ‘peaky’ muffins. 

Scrape down sides of bowl right to the bottow with a spatula. Add in raisins and give it a few stirs with the spatula to disperse them. The batter will be more soupy than you might expect. Relax!

Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin tins, being sure to dip down to the bottom of the mixing bowl, since the raisins tend to sink.

Sprinkle a few more raisins on top, and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on rack.   Let me know what you think.

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I love walking into the village along the beach when the tide is out; having evening beach bonfires with my urchins; swimming in the surprisingly warm water in July and August; taking my coffee down in the morning to watch seals cavort or wandering down with a cold beer after an afternoon in the garden. 

These photos are courtesy of my youngest, who is interested in photography – thus the special effects:

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