For those on a no-yeast diet, muffins are a good bread substitute (I’ve used to to make ‘bread’ & butter pudding too!). I have used this super-simple recipe countless times and lots of friends have asked for it, so here it is.
[Taken from Xandria Williams, Overcoming Candida: The Ultimate Cookery Book (London: Vega, 2002)
BASIC WHOLEMEAL MUFFINS
Traditionally these are made with a small amount of sugar, but you can omit the sugar and still enjoy the muffin. Try the following basic recipe and then experiment with variations of your own.
Makes 10-12 muffins
2 cups wholemeal flour (can substitute with barley or oat flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl: flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients: beat the eggs and combine with the milk & oil. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix.
Place portions in well-oiled muffin tray and bake at 180°C350°F for about 15-20 mins. When you can smell the muffins they are about done and test them with a skewer.
I usually put in a combination of the following ingredients (always with fruit to make up for the omission of sugar):
– 1 chopped apple
– 1 or 2 mashed bananas
– dried fruit
– cocoa powder
– rolled oats (sometimes used leftover cooked oats)
– seeds & nuts
– vanilla essence
– freshly pureed fruit in place of (some of the) milk
– yoghurt in place of milk
Cheese & garlic make a savoury muffin that is delicious to accompany a hearty soup.
21/6/08 update: I now use a different basic recipe, which uses buttermilk/yoghurt and gives a better texture.
The ingredients for the new basic recipe is as follows:
2 cups flour(s)
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup yoghurt or buttermilk [can be substituted with plain milk + 1/4 tsp citric acid]
1 or 2 eggs
1/4 cup oil/melted butter/ghee
Sift dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients. Mix quickly and bake as above.
Do check out my other muffin recipes (all of which can be made without sugar if so desired).
Green tea, azuki beans & pine nuts
Apple, soy milk and okara (no sugar)
Tahini soy muffins (no sugar)
Spelt pumpkin muffins (no sugar)
Kamut cranberry muffins
Gluten-free pumpkin muffins with carob topping