Better Bran Muffins

Better Bran Muffins
 
Recipe from Cook's Illustrated, May 2007
Notes: When this issue first arrived in my mailbox, I remember thinking how crazy it sounded to buy a box of All-Bran cereal to make bran muffins. Isn't natural bran available everywhere? Or is it that I know where to look and can purchase it easily? Anyway, I finally decided to try making these bran muffins for research purposes (much in the way that I'm always trying new banana bread recipes).

Armed with a box of cereal and this recipe, I only made two changes. One, instead of grinding half the cereal until ground, I used an equivalent amount by weight of regular natural bran. Also, I used two whole eggs. The muffins turned out with crunchy tops, spongy texture and an unremarkable flavour. I don't think they would have been much improved had I followed the CI recipe to a T. It's definitely not worth it to buy a box of cereal to make these, especially if natural bran is a staple in your household (like it is in mine).

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