A Versatile Basic Muffin Recipe
Let’s say you want lemon poppy seed muffin or snickerdoodle muffin (as seen below) or one dotted with mini chocolate morsels?
This recipe for Everybody’s Favorite Muffin allows you to customize to your heart’s content. Made as is you get a vanilla scented, tender sour cream muffin with an old-fashioned feel. We have provided some ideas for add-ins (such as the Lemon Poppy Seed version below), but feel free to try your own, sticking with low FODMAP choices of course. As with all muffins we think these are best eaten as freshly as possible.
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Low FODMAP Everybody’s Favorite Muffin
In the mood for snickerdoodle or lemon poppy seed? This is your muffin.
Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes 12 muffins; serving size 1 muffin
- 2 cups (290 g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder, use gluten-free if following a gluten-free diet
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick; 85 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
- 2/3 cup (135 g) sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup (227 g) lactose-free sour cream
Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F/200° Coat 12 standard sized muffin wells with nonstick spray, or line with fluted paper cups; set aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
Beat the butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until soft and creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl once or twice. Beat in vanilla, then beat in eggs, one at a time, allowing the first one to be incorporated before adding the second. Batter should be smooth. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream alternately in 3 batches, ending with flour. Beat just until incorporated and smooth. Batter is ready to scoop into pans or you can vary the flavors as described below. Evenly divide the muffin batter in the prepared pan(s). The batter should come up about three-quarters of the way in the wells.
Bake for about 14 to 17 minutes or until nicely domed and light golden brown and just until a toothpick inserted in the center shows a few moist crumbs clinging. Cool pan(s) on rack for 5 minutes, then unmold muffins and cool a bit more. Muffins can be served warm or at room temperature and are best if eaten the same day or within 24 hours. They can, however, be placed in a heavy plastic zipper top freezer bag and frozen for up to a month. Defrost at room temperature, or individually wrap in plastic wrap, pop into a lunch bag and they will be defrosted for lunch or a snack.
Here are some of our favorite variations:
- Lemon Poppy Seed: Beat 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest into batter instead of the vanilla essence. Bake as directed.
- Snickerdoodle Muffins: Stir together 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar, 11/4 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional) together in a small bowl. Generously sprinkle over muffin batter after you have filled the muffin cups. Bake as directed.
- Raspberry Almond Muffins: Fold 1 cup (120 g) of fresh raspberries and 1/4 cup (22 g) sliced almonds into batter right before scooping into prepared pan(s). Bake as directed.
- Sour Cream Raisin: Fold 2/3 cup (106 g) of raisins into batter right before scooping into pan(s). Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar (regular or coarse), if desired (optional). Bake as directed.
- Chocolate Chip Muffins: Fold 2/3 cup (113 g) miniature semisweet chocolate morsels into batter right before scooping into pan(s). Bake as directed.
If You Can Tolerate
- Fructans: If you passed the fructan wheat challenge you can sub in all-purpose unbleached flour for the gluten free flour, in which case the muffins will no longer be gluten free. Also, use the weight measurement and not the volume if you make this substitution for best results.
- Lactose: Feel free to use conventional sour cream in lieu of the lactose-free.