I came across this recipe in Nigella’s Feast and it looked like such a yummy and wholesome muffin that I decided to veer away from my domestic Goddess attempts and try this out.
225g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
175g light brown soft sugar
80ml vegetable oil [I used soya bean oil]
250g granola [I didn't have enough of the granola so I added a bit of sultanas to make up for the weight]
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C. Line a 12-bun muffin tin with muffin cases.
Combine the flour, bicarbonate and salt in a large bowl.
In a wide-necked jug, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, sugar and oil.
Pour this into the dry ingredients and mix lightly to combine.
Fold in the granola and then divide the muffin mixture between the 12 paper cases. [I had trouble doing this evenly and finally resorted to weighing the batter!]
Bake for 25 minutes, by which time they should have risen and become golden brown.
Take the tin out of the oven, lift the muffins in their papers carefully out of the tin and let them cool, just a little though, on a wire rack.
I am starting to realise that my oven temperature is quite different from Nigella’s. After just 15 minutes in the oven the tops were already getting burnt (way past the golden brown stage I was after). I took them out and checked but they weren’t cooked so I put them in again but covered with foil (as the photos shown above).
These muffins were really dense and chewy. I thought they tasted pretty good even after a few days (just warm them up in the microwave and they were as good as on the day they were baked). I did noticed that the ‘granola’ which I bought (from Sanitarium) had quite a bit of cornflakes in it which may explain why my muffin were quite chewy.
I can see myself making these again. They were fast and easy to make (compared to the baklava muffins) and a lot kinder to my waist-line!
The only thing is I rarely have buttermilk at home and as for the granola … I’ll have to look for a more appropriate (better) version.
I’ll also put them in a 180 °C oven next time.