Basic Muffins

Jody Prival

2 cups flour
4 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup warm milk
1/4 lb. butter, melted and cooled slightly

Preheat oven to 400oF. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Mix the eggs, milk, and butter; add to dry ingredients, stirring only until the flour is moistened. Spoon into well-greased muffin tins. Bake ~20 minutes and serve immediately.

Variations: (Bacon, Cheese, Cranberry, Nut, Date, Upside-Down)

Bacon: add 1/2 cup crisp dried bacon to dry ingredients
Cheese: eliminate sugar and add 2/3 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese to sifted dry ingredients. Sprinkle with paprika before baking.
Cranberry: mix 3/4 cup chopped cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar. Add to the dry ingredients.
Nut: add 3/4 cup chopped nuts to the sifted dry ingredients.
Date: add 1/2 cup sliced pitted dates to the sifted dry ingredients.
Upside-down: in the bottom of each muffin cup place 1/2 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Add a few nuts or raisins or 1 stewed dried fig or apricot. Cover with batter and bake as directed.

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