Homemade Muffin Mix
I recently inherited a ton of cookbooks from my grandmother, and there were some gems in the collection. Perhaps my most exciting find was a 1963 copy of the Joy of Cooking. It’s well worn and I can tell my grandmother must have used it frequently. She was an amazing cook.
As I was thumbing through the book, I found an entire section on homemade muffins, with some classic old-fashioned tips to aid in making the perfect muffin. I decided to whip up a batch for breakfast, with the help of my 3-year-old daughter sous chef! And since I am a working mom, and don’t have a ton of time in the mornings to make breakfast, I decided to multiply my recipe to make extra homemade muffin mix. That way the homemade muffin mix is ready to go whenever I want muffins!
The recipe below is inspired by the classic, old-fashioned muffins that were made half a century ago. They’re not loaded with sugar like most things are these days, but they still taste great. This amount of muffin mix fits perfectly in a quart-sized mason jar, but if you have something bigger for storage, you can easily double or triple the homemade muffin mix recipe for a larger supply. You can print a label for your jar like the one pictured above by clicking here: Homemade Muffin Mix Label and then clicking the print button on your browser.
Homemade Muffin Mix
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/3 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp nutmeg optional
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon optional
In a medium bowl, stir all ingredients together, until well mixed. Keep in air-tight container or clean mason jar until ready to use.
When you are ready to make muffins using the mix, here are the instructions. In addition, any of the variations below can also be added to the batter to make different kinds of muffins!
Here's how to make homemade muffins with your muffin mix!
- 2 cups of muffin mix
- 2 eggs beaten
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add muffin mix to a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, mix together beaten eggs, melted butter, and milk. Add wet ingredients to the muffin mix, and stir to combine. Don't over-mix the batter, or it will toughen the dough. If you have a few lumps, that is fine. Pour into well-greased muffin pans, filling each cup about 2/3rds full.
If you don't have enough batter to fill all of the muffin cups, add a few tablespoons of water in the empty muffin cups to keep the other muffins moist. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
To one batch of homemade muffins (12 muffins) try adding these different variations:
- Add 1/2 cup of fruit, such as blueberries, diced strawberries, raspberries, mashed bananas or crushed pineapple
- Add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Add 1/4 cup nuts, figs, prunes, dried cranberries or dates
- Add 6 slices of crumbled bacon for a savory muffin
What kind of add-ins would you put in your homemade muffin mix?