Fruit and Bran Muffins

Personalize this hearty fruit and bran muffin by using your favorite dried fruits. Macadamia nuts offer a tropical twist to these bran muffins, but if you prefer, you can substitute almonds, pecans, or walnuts.

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Preparation time: 25 minutes

Baking time: 20 to 25 minutes

Yield: 12 to 16 muffins

1 1/2 cups whole-bran cereal (not bran flakes)

1/2 cup boiling water

1 egg

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup honey

1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, your choice of types

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Combine the bran cereal with water in a large mixing bowl.

  4. Stir to moisten the cereal.

  5. Cool the mixture until it’s lukewarm.

  6. Crack the egg into a small bowl and lightly beat it with a whisk or fork.

  7. Melt the butter.

    You can melt it in a small bowl in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove.

  8. Chop the nuts.

  9. Stir in the egg, butter, nuts, buttermilk, honey, and dried fruit.

  10. Mix well; set aside.

  11. Combine the flours, salt, and baking soda in a small mixing bowl.

  12. Add this mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring just until the ingredients are evenly moist.

  13. Spoon the batter into your prepared muffin pan.

    Fill each cup about 3/4 full.

  14. Bake the muffins for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

  15. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the pan.

  16. Remove them from the pan and place them on a rack to cool completely.

  17. To store, wrap them individually in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container.

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