Back when bran muffins where the thing to eat for a healthy breakfast – hellooo 90’s -, this recipe appeared as one of the best. At least it was one of the most famous ones. Being a supreme fan of Nancy Silverton – bread baker and pastry chef extraordinaire – I wonder what took me so long to finally try them. I bought her books 17 years ago, but I somehow got sidetracked with other, more modern recipes, as we food bloggers usually do. Avocado toast anyone?
Since I think bran muffins are a this or that side of the fence kind of recipe, I will keep this short and to the point.
The flavor of toasted bran makes them different. The large amount of raisins makes them moist, for a bran muffin at least. And, as with many Nancy Silverton recipes, they have an extra something that makes them different. Her fresh fruit buttermilk scones or espresso ice cream are simply perfect recipes. Which for me is what makes her such a great mentor, if virtual.
This is a recipe that will make you feel healthy. So much bran and raisins in every bite will do that for you. It does for me at least. And I love a nutritious breakfast. Always a plus when it’s so hard to not be bombarded with so many healthy and unhealthy choices. Good old fashioned bran muffins are always on the safe side.
I use coconut oil, which is not in the original recipe. It really makes them so moist and light at the same time. I will never go back to regular oil for this bran muffins.
And this is an exceptional recipe. Take note.
Nancy Silverton's Toasted Bran Muffins
Yield 10 muffins
- 2 cups (100gr) wheat bran
- 1 cup (120gr) raisins, no seeds
- 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
- 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup (100gr) brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (125ml) coconut oil
- 1 egg, room tº
- 1 egg white, room tº
- 1/2 cup (70gr) all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (40g) fine whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven at 325ºF / 170ºC
- Have ready 10 muffin cups with paper liners.
- In a small saucepan bring to a boil the raisins and 1 cup of the water. Let it boil very slowly for about 15 minutes, until there is almost no water left.
- Process the raisins, as smooth or a bit chunky, whatever you like.
- Toast the wheat bran for about 5 minutes in the oven, careful not to burn. Move it around so it toasts evenly. Careful it burns quickly if you don’t watch it, much like coconut.
- In a large bowl mix buttermilk with toasted bran, raisins, orange zest and sugar. Mix well.
- Add coconut oil, egg, egg white and mix everything.
- Add both flours, baking powder, soda and salt (I sift them directly over the oil mixture) and mix quickly and only until no dry streaks remain. Do not overmix.
- Divide between muffin cups and bake for about 25 minutes, until a tester comes out dry. They don’t raise much.
- Let cook on a wire rack.