Tips: The first time I thought of these, I questioned
my sanity. But then I began to reconsider. I love bran muffins anyway,
and why would the addition of some chocolate change that? It didn’t,
of course. You’ll need a standard, 12-cup muffin tin with
cups 2-1/2 inches in diameter (measured at the top). Although you
can grease the individual muffin cups, I always use paper liners.
It’s a cinch to remove the muffins from their cups after baking,
the muffins look pretty, and I’ve heard (though I can’t
confirm it) that they stay fresh longer if the paper liners are
used. I use currants here because I can find them easily in the
markets and I like their small size in this recipe. If you cannot
find them, I’d think you could substitute dark raisins without
much trouble, though you might want to snip the raisins in half
with kitchen shears.
Muffins should always be served warm. If you can’t serve
these fresh from the oven, store them airtight at room temperature
for up to a day or two; microwave at 50% (medium power) for a few
seconds, just until warm, before serving. For longer storage, freeze
the muffins. Defrost, still in wrappings, at room temperature, then
heat as above before serving. I like the idea of getting in a little
fiber with all of those calories!
Yield: 12 muffins
- 1-1/2 cups All-Bran ™ (see Note)
- 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small bits
- Grated zest of 1/2 orange
- 1-1/2 cups milk (lowfat milk is fine here)
- 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup dried currants, picked over, with stems removed
- 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Few grains of salt
- 1 egg, graded “large”, beaten to combine
I use a one quart liquid measuring cup to make this, but you can
use a medium heatproof bowl if you prefer. Place All-Bran, brown
sugar, butter, and orange zest into bowl; do not stir. Heat milk
until very hot, then pour over this mixture. Stir well to melt butter,
then allow to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 400 degrees
F. Line the individual cups of a standard 12-cup muffin tin with
paper liners; set prepared tin aside.
In small bowl, stir together chocolate chips and currants until
well-blended, breaking up any clumps of currants stuck together.
Set aside briefly. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon,
and salt, then blend well. Take about a tablespoon of the sifted
dry ingredients, add to the chip-currant mixture, and stir well
to coat the chips and currants with the flour mixture.
The All-Bran mixture must be at room temperature, or barely warm,
before you continue. If it’s too hot, it may scramble the
egg or melt the chocolate chips (guess how I know?). When cooled,
add the beaten egg, and beat in with a spoon just to combine. Add
the sifted dry ingredients, and stir until mostly incorporated,
Scrape down bottom and sides of bowl with rubber spatula. Add chips,
currants, and any flour mixture at the bottom of the bowl; stir
in just until chips and currants are evenly distributed.
Batter will be thick. Divide evenly among prepared muffin cups,
filling each cup a bit more than three-fourths full. Bake in preheated
oven for 14 to 17 minutes, turning back-to-front once about halfway
during baking time. Muffins will rise and tops of many will crack.
Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin
in the middle of the tin emerges with a few moist crumbs still clinging
to it. Do not overbake!
Remove tin to cooling rack. Carefully remove muffins from individual
cups to cooling rack (leave them in their paper liners if you used
them). Cool until warm before serving, or store and warm before
serving as suggested above.
Note: I use Kellogg’s All-Bran, in the original
variety. I haven’t tried this recipe with any other type of
© Stephanie Zonis provides the above information to anyone, but
retains copyright on all text. This means that you may not: distribute
the text to others without the express written permission of Stephanie
Zonis; "mirror" or include this information on your own
server or documents without my permission; modify or re-use the text
on this system. You MAY: print copies of the information for your
own personal use; store the files on your own computer for your personal
use only; reference hypertext documents on this server from your own