Super Duper Bran Muffins

*Super Duper Bran Muffins*
Makes 12 large muffins

Another experiment in my quest for the best bran muffin ever.  This is getting really close to it!

1 1/2 cups of all bran cereal
125ml (1/2 cup) boiling water
65 ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
1 large free range egg, beaten
143g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
250ml butter milk (1 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
125g plain flour (1 1/4 cup)
1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 heaped dessertspoons of apple sauce (about 1/2 cup)
60ml of molasses (1/4 cup)
60g chopped toasted walnuts (1/2 cup)
60g chopped toasted pecans (1/2 cup)
75g sultana raisins (1/2 cup)

Preheat the oven to 200*C.400*F/gas mark 6.   Butter 12 large muffin cups or line with papers.

In a large mixing bowl pour the bowling water over the bran.  Stir in the oil and then set aside for a few minutes.   Stir in the egg, sugar, vanilla and buttermilk until smooth.  Whisk together the molasses and applesauce.  Stir this in as well.  Sift together the cinnamon, flour soda and salt.  Mix this into the batter along with the nuts and sultanas just to combine.  Fill the muffin tins/liners and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven.  Let stand in the tins for about 5 minutes before tipping out.  Serve warm with or without butter for spreading.