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Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins

June 4, 2010

Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins

Let’s take a trip through the top drawer of  my dresser.  I have a point to make.

… we’re about to talk about underwear.  Can you handle it?

The top dresser drawer houses the following items:

- Cotton granny panties.  Summertime sleeping bras.  For private use only.  No exceptions.   Not to be seen by any eyes other than my own.

- Cute panties.  Pretty panties.  Lace panties.  Expensive bras with pink ribbon running through them.. all the sort that might inspire and invite a little scandal.  Yea… true.

Its like night and day in my underwear drawer… night and day.

This is normal, right?  We all have underwear standards.

I share this with you because I want you to know, right off the bat, that showing you these Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins is like giving you a peak at the granny panty portion of my top dresser drawer.

I just couldn’t glam up these muffins…. mostly because they’re not meant for glam.  They’re just meant to be cakey brown muffins… ok?

I’m not going to say any more about the underwear situation… I think it’s just making everyone uncomfortable.  You get my point.

Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins

Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins

Butter.  That’s what I love about these bran muffins.  You can taste the butter.

The muffins are made tender with sour cream and robust with molasses.  And.  Bonus!  They’re better after two or three days.  They actually taste better!

Be sure to add a handful of dried fruit.  Currants, dried cranberries, diced dried apricots, or golden raisins.  The muffins need the texture and sweetness.  Trust me.

Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins

Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins

Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins

makes 12 muffins

from The Gourmet Cookbook

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1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup molasses, not blackstrap

1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries, dried currants or diced dried apricots

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoons salt

1 cup wheat bran (not cereal)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 12 tin muffin pan and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Add the egg, sour cream and molasses and beat on medium speed until well incorporated, about 1 to 2 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and wheat bran.  Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients.  Stir until incorporated.  Fold in the dried fruit.  Batter will be thick and slightly lumpy.

Divide evenly among the 12 muffin tins.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.  Remove from the oven.  Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store at room temperature well wrapped for up to 5 days.  The muffins are better after a day or two on the counter!

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  • I visit this “heaven for bakers” for quite some time now and i simply love your sense of humor, not to mention the recipes, photos…everything! Oh, and these muffins! They look so tasty!
    This is a Joy to the heart and soul!

  • haha!! joy, you always make my day. personally, I’ve always thought that the true test of love is whether the guy can find the granny panties MORE sexy–because he likes the authentic, no-frills you best of all. :)

    I love bran muffins and can’t wait to make these.

  • Granny panties and Grandma’s Molasses — they definitely go together!

  • Great comparison! I do differ slightly as I have two drawers for the different types of undies. I believe in separation of church and state…

  • Oh just wait until you are my age, and you’ll have three drawers devoted to panties and bras. And the drawer with, the cutsie, sexy, gorgeous ones will be practically glued shut because it never gets open any more, but you will keep them just in case you get down to a size negative again…when you felt sexy. Molasses Bran Muffins are about as sexy as can be to me anymore ;)

  • Granny panties are usually much more comfortable and sometimes one feels so much better when comfortable.
    Can I use quick cooking oats instead of wheat bran (just can’t find it)?

  • Sometimes a girl just wants to wear granny panties. And sometimes a girl just wants to eat a bran muffin.

  • I think homemade muffins with such a long title are inherently glamorous, and don’t need any sprucing up!

  • I need a pink ribboned lacey bra! And some muffins!!!! Yum.

  • That’s a cute reference. My hubby throws away my granny panties slowly. Then I just buy more, its a vicious cycle, love the recipe!

  • Love it. Love the granny panty muffins. AND I love the idea of a bran muffin housing straight up wheat bran instead of cereal.


  • nice pictures. what can i use instead of sour cream? we don’t have such things here. can we use milk, full-fat yoghurt… thank you.

  • If anyone could compare bran muffins to granny panties – and it actually make sense – it would be you. Very impressive.

  • Oh my goodness this post is funny!! I think these bran muffins are so delicious sounding. I must try them!

    • I love the analogy too. It’s like..granny panties…we all know they are good for us and they are really more comfortable..but they are not as glamourous and erotic as the Victoria’s Secret panties. Soooo Sour Cream Molasses Bran Muffins are the granny panties and Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes are the ooh lah lah panties. lol

  • Hahaha I love the comparison – muffins = granny panties. Not glamorous, but still delicious.

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