Best Muffins Ever! (w Vegan option, also low fat and whole wheat)

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This girl hates shopping… for clothes. 

Hours of absolute boredom.

Feet swollen.

And 500 bucks later, the lady of the house got me enough clothes to fill up my wardrobe (which she had so nicely emptied out). 

Feigned enthusiasm got back genuine enthusiasm from the lady of the house who happily declared how ugly I was and how desperately in need of new clothes I was to be saved from a pending future of spinsterhood (thanks, mum. Nice save). For 4 consecutive days, she bored me (while I literally finished 2 novels) with talks about what clothes she wanted me to wear (which would actually sound a wee bit better if those clothes were at least pleasing to my eyes) that I had no intention of wearing (in this case, clothes mums wear, the ones bought were better thank god) and how I should wear makeup (no way, did you know that the colour of some lip glosses come from the shells of beetles or some scary insect’s name I was too grossed out to remember?) and high heels (I’m not good at balancing, so, no, to avoid my collection of blue-blacks from growing in numbers).

That’s not to say I’m very angry with my mum. I’m annoyed, definitely. I do appreciate her effort (though I’m just her very fat barbie doll). I just do not appreciate clothes shopping. I hate shopping for clothes. 

However, as much as I dislike clothes- shopping and fashion talks, just to please my mum, I’m sort of trying not to show my unhappiness too much though I can’t help but wonder why I’m undergoing continuous torture first from exams now from these boring shopping trips. I’ll wear those nice clothes. I’ll try to be the girl who dresses like a princess (but I’ll never be a Princess because Prince William got married to Kate Middleton… just kidding ;-) the guy’s too old for me :-) ) that every mum wants but my mum didn’t get. Maybe that’s why she said I couldn’t get highlights, like I’ve dreamt of having since I was 11. After all, princesses don’t have highlights. At least they don’t have purple highlights…

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Me: Can I get blue highlights?

Mum: No.

Me: Can I get purple highlights?

Mum: No.

Me: Yellow highlights?

Mum: No.

Me: Blonde?

Mum: No.

Me: Brown?

Mum: That’s the colour of your hair.

Me: No its not…How ’bout black?

Mum: It doesn’t make any difference.

Me: So… purple???

Mum: ignores me and changes the topic to what clothes she wants me to try.

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Awesome.

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Wait a sec. I’m 18. I need no permission.

So…I’m thinking blonde highlights, or auburn. Take a vote?

But I really really want blue. 😦

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Auburn. I don’t own my own home you know. 

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Yesterday, my aunt gave us some really delicious muffins. They had glossy tops that were a little crunchy when freshly baked. They had a buttery smell which somehow reminded me of cream cheese. I searched the web and saw that those were the best muffins in Singapore.  Desperate to make a copycat, I searched the internet for muffin-making-tips and came up with this recipe!

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The results were suprisingly good! My dad said it had the perfect ratio of ingredients, and perfect level of sweetness, and was even better than those ‘best muffins’, which was a rare statement coming from my dad, considering that he has no sweet tooth at all. Needless to say, my mum and I loved them too. 

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These muffins have a fragrant buttery smell and perfect muffin tops that have a perfect crunch when freshly baked. They also have a perfect crumb. No one would guess they are low fat and whole wheat!

These are the new ‘best muffins’ and the only muffin recipe you’ll ever need. However, please consume within the first day of baking because I can’t guarantee the taste the next day.

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Best Muffins Ever

No. of servings: 9

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Ingredients

Dry ingredients
  • 141g/ 1 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 68g/ 1/2 cup White Whole Wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp mini semi sweet chocolate chips or any ingredient you want
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For Creaming
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter/margarine/ low fat spread (this is vegan!)
  • 1 cup/110g caster sugar
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Liquid ingredients
  • 1 egg (vegan: 1tbsp ground flax seeds simmered in 3tbsp water)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk/ (mix 3/4cup-1tbsp  soy milk with 1tbsp lemon juice or vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes before using)
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
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Optional: 2 tbsp chocolate rice + 2 tbsp demerara sugar, mixed

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Directions

Note that a hand mixer can be used in place of the stand mixer for this recipe.

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/205°C. 
  2. Grease a muffin tin with the fat of choice thoroughly even if the muffin tin is non-stick . 
  3. Beat Creaming ingredients together.
  4. Add liquid ingredients and beat for a while longer. 
  5. In a separate bowl, add dry ingredients and mix evenly. 
  6. Make a well in the dry ingredients
  7. Add in mixture from step 4 and stir lightly and gently with a fork till the dry ingredients are moistened. BUT do not overmix.
  8. Use a small spoon to test the batter. Plunge the spoon into the centre of the batter. If it falls quickly, add an additional tbsp of flour. Reason for testing is that different brands of flour absorb different volumes of water, hence consistency of batter will be different, affecting the success of muffins.
  9. Using an ice-cream scoop that allows ejection of batter, fill the muffin tins to the brim
  10. Sprinkle with the optional mixture.

If making mini-muffins, bake for 10 minutes.

If making regular muffins, bake for 25 minutes.

If making shorter but regular muffins, bake for 15 minutes.

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Points to note:

  • Do not overmix
  • Do not overbake. As soon as a toothpick can come out clean, turn off the heat.
  • The batter does not have to be smooth.
  • You must fill the cup to the brim to get our beloved muffin tops
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Enjoy your muffins! And ughh, apologizing for bad photos once again 😦

And dang, I’m missing Taiwan again.

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Comments
4 Responses to “Best Muffins Ever! (w Vegan option, also low fat and whole wheat)”
  1. Kara says:

    Ahh I can’t wait to make those yummy muffins! I’m so glad I found you through pinterest 🙂 I’m a Singaporean too thus some recipes are difficult to make cos Singapore doesn’t carry some of the ingredients. I see that you purchase from iHerb those ingredients like Stevia which I don’t think it’s being sold in Singapore? Hope u could let me know on the brands of the flour you used on these yummy muffins! Thanks! 😀 I prefer to use whole wheat flour tho cos I hate eating empty carbs. Haha

  2. qiting93 says:

    Yeah, Singapore does have so few ingredients available 😦 I bought Bob’s Mill’s White Whole Wheat flour from iHerb which has really reliable delivery! My all-purpose flour was from a stall in the market near my house that sells 500g for $1 only! Its cheap but good 😀
    So happy to see a fellow Singaporean here!!!! 😀 😀

  3. Muffins are so good! I love the stats for these! 🙂

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