Blueberry Molasses Bran Muffins

Circle B Kitchen

These are not terribly sweet muffins, so if you like your muffins a little on the sweet side, you should probably add a little more brown sugar to the recipe. And if you would like to cut out or decrease the fat, just substitute applesauce for the butter. It works quite well in this recipe. If using frozen blueberries, add them to the batter while still frozen and add 5-7 minutes to the cooking time.

1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 large egg, beaten lightly

1 cup sour cream or yogurt

1/4 cup dark molasses

1 1/2 to 2 cups blueberries

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup miller’s bran or wheat bran (not wheat germ)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter and the brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, the sour cream and the molasses.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, the baking soda, the salt, and the bran. Add the dry ingredients to the sour cream mixture, and stir the batter until it is just combined. (It's OK if the the batter is a little lumpy.) Gently stir in the blueberries.

Spoon the batter into 12 well-buttered muffin tins and bake on the middle rack for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and springy to the touch. Turn the muffins out onto a rack to cool.

Makes 12 muffins.