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Mix-and-Match Muffins

Mix-and-Match Muffins

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  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cool 5 mins
  • Bake 15 mins

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This recipe gives you lots of options so you can choose the type of muffin you want to make.


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or any of the following five flour options
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour and 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup rye flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Savory Liquid:
  • 3/4 ricotta cheese, dairy sour cream, plain yogurt, or finely shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • Sweet Liquid:
  • 3/4 canned pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce or lemon curd
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, sour milk (see note) or milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, or cooking oil
  • Savory Stir-ins:
  • 2 -4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion, snipped fresh chives, snipped fresh parsley, finely chopped onion, finely chopped green or red sweet pepper, finely diced cooked ham, crumbled crisp-cooked bacon, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese or 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Sweet Stir-ins:
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or 1/3 cup dried blueberries), raisins, coarsely chopped dried cranberries or cherries, snipped pitted dates, snipped dried apricots, snipped dried figs or snipped dried plums
  • Savory Topper:
  • Chip Topping (see below) (optional)
  • Sweet Topper:
  • Streusel Topping (see below) or coarse sugar (optional)
  • Soft butter, honey, jam or fruit preserves (optional)


  1. Lightly coat twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour (or other flour choice), granulated sugar or packed brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese (or other savory or sweet liquid), buttermilk, sour milk or milk and melted butter or cooking oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in green onion (or other savory or sweet stir-in).
  3. Using a spoon and rubber spatula, spoon muffin batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Sprinkle the Savory or Sweet Topper, if you like, over muffin batter in cups. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups. Serve warm with butter, honey, jam or fruit preserves, if you like. Makes 12 muffins.


  • To make sour milk, place 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Pour in enough milk to make 3/4 cup liquid. Let stand for 5 minutes before using.


  • Pick a Muffin Pan: Muffin cups come in various shapes and sizes. To make muffins in a size other than standard (2-1/2-inch), prepare the batter as directed but adjust baking time and temperature as indicated in this chart. (These baking times are approximate.)
  • Pick a Muffin Pan: Pan Size Time/Temperature Yield
  • Pick a Muffin Pan: Mini (1-3/4-inch) 10 to 12 minutes/400 degrees F 42
  • Pick a Muffin Pan: Jumbo (3-1/2-inch) About 30 minutes/350 degrees F 6
  • Pick a Muffin Pan: Muffin-top (3-1/2-inch) 8 to 10 minutes/400 degrees F 12


  • Chip Topping: Crush 1 cup of your favorite flavored potato chips or dry cereal flakes; measure about 1/3 cup crushed.


  • Streusel Topping: In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground ginger. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts (filberts) and 2 tablespoons coconut, if you like.

Nutrition Facts

(Mix-and-Match Muffins)

sugar (g) 4, sodium (mg) 156, fiber (g) 1, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, cal. (kcal) 131, Potassium (mg) 53, pro. (g) 5, vit. A (IU) 97, iron (mg) 1, calcium (mg) 50, Thiamin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 3, carb. (g) 21, sat. fat (g) 2, Niacin (mg) 1, chol. (mg) 43, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 44, Monounsaturated fat (g) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0

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