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Muffins are a staple breakfast/snack food in my house and I’m always looking for easy recipe which can be whipped up in a jiffy on busy mornings.

Imagine my surprise at having found such a recipe-American Muffins-in an English cookbook. This recipe is from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Cookery and Household Management, published in 1861. It’s really easy, requires relatively few ingredients, and can be spruced up with add-ons like fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips-whatever your tummy desires. It’s a versatile base recipe!

• 1 cup flour
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¼ granulated sugar
• ¼ cup butter, melted
• One egg
• ¾ cup milk

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or fill with muffin papers. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a medium bowl.

In a smaller bowl, mix the melted butter with the egg and milk. Pour the liquid into the flour mixture.

Stir only until the flour is dampened. The batter will be lumpy.
Pour into muffin tins. It is at this point that you add any dry extras you want-a few chocolate chips, a berry or two, some craisins or raisins, whatever you wish!

Bake for 15 minutes. Cool in the muffin tins for 2-3 minutes and then turn out to finish cooling.

The tops of these muffins are actually a tad crispy-the insides are like cake. They were delicious and finished in a flash. Enjoy!