La Brea Bakery Bran Muffins
The kids are coming for a visit from Vancouver this coming weekend. Since I will be working both Friday and Saturday I needed to have a few snacks in the freezer. Barbara of Moveable Feasts posted a Bran Muffin from Nancy Silverton and La Brea Bakery. I was curious about the technique which involves lightly toasting the bran as well as blitzing the raisins and incorporating them in the batter. I needed a bran muffin recipe so headed to the kitchen. These bran muffins have my undivided attention and are now my "go to" recipe!!!!!!! Not too sweet and loaded with toasty bran flavour. Thanks Barbara!!!!
**La Brea Bakery Bran Muffins**adapted from Pastries from La Brea Bakery by Nancy Silverton
- 2 cup (125g) wheat bran
- 1 cup, plus 1/2 cup (190g total) dark raisins
- 1 cup, plus 1/2 (370ml total) cup water
- 1/2 cup (120g) buttermilk or plain low- or non-fat yogurt
- a few swipes of fresh orange zest (unsprayed)
- 1/2 cup (105g) packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 cup (65g) flour
- 1/4 cup (35g) whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin (with 1/2-cup indentations) with paper liners.
2. Spread the wheat bran on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for six to eight minutes, stirring a few times so it cooks evenly. Let cool.
3. While the bran is toasting, heat 1 cup (135g) of the raisins with 1/2 cup (120ml) of the water. Simmer for ten minutes, or until the water is all absorbed. Puree the raisins in a food processor or blender until smooth.
4. In a large bowl, mix together the toasted bran, buttermilk or yogurt, 1 cup (250ml) water, then mix in the raisin puree, orange zest, and brown sugar.
5. Stir in the oil, egg and egg white.
6. Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and sift directly into the wet ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are just combined, then mix in the remaining 1/2 cup (55g) raisins.
7. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, making sure the batter is mounded slightly in each one. Because muffin tins can very in size, if your tins are larger, make fewer muffins.
8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the muffins feel set in the center.
Makes 1 dozen
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