Ultimate basic muffins


Enjoy as they are or personalise these muffins however you like!


Ingredients (Serves 24)

  • 2 medium eggs
  • 125ml of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 250ml of milk (low-fat works fine)
  • 250g of golden castor sugar
  • 400g of self-raising flour (or 400g plain flour and 3 teaspoons of baking powder)


What you will need

  • Medium muffin tray
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sieve
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk



  1. Heat oven to 180°C fan or Gas Mark 6.
  2. Line 2 muffin trays with paper muffin cases.
  3. Beat the eggs lightly with a wooden spoon for about one minute.
  4. Add the oil and the milk and beat until mixed.
  5. Add the sugar and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  6. Sift in the flour and salt and mix until smooth. Don't over mix.
  7. At this stage, gently mix in whatever other ingredients you decide to use - or you can just leave them plain.
  8. Fill muffin cases two-thirds full and bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are risen.
  9. Cool on a wire tray.


Serving suggestions

  • For fruit muffins: Use 3 dessertspoons of the following: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cubed apple and cinnamon.
  • For Christmas muffins: Add a good handful of cranberries, a teaspoon of cinnamon and mixed spice, and use brown sugar instead of white.
  • For lemon muffins: Add juice and rind of 1 lemon (use slightly less milk).
  • For jam and coconut muffins: Add 3 dessertspoons of desiccated coconut to the mixture and place a teaspoon of raspberry jam to the top of each muffin before you put them in the oven.

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