Sorry about the lousy picture. It really is a rainy day so that accounts for the lousiness of it. However, I am not unhappy to have a rainy day. It isn't a snowy, thank goodness, and I can't help but love that it is washing away residual snow, salt, and grime and maybe Spring really is coming. Spring is my very favorite time of year! So much hope, such vivid colors, fresh smells, tulips, daffodils, robins...
So on a rainy, cold Wisconsin day, what could be better than a warm breakfast? With a little help from Midwest Living's Mix and Match Muffin recipe, I came up with this concoction. If you don't have whole wheat flour, don't sweat it. Just use 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour. Don't want oatmeal? Just use 2 cups all purpose flour. Buttermilk not in your kitchen? Just substitute an equal amount of milk. Have fun making muffins to suit your taste!
The recipe is how I made it but In brackets, I have put possible substitutions.
Rainy Day Muffins
Preheat over to 400. Grease muffin tins or use paper liners. You might want to spray a little cooking spray inside the liners.
1 cup all purpose (AP) flour
1/2 cup wheat flour [1/2 cup all purpose flour]
3/4 cup old fashioned oats [if omitting, use 2 cups combined flour]
1/4 cup light brown sugar [white sugar]
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon (optional)
Mix above ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
In a small bowl mix:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk [milk]
2 t melted butter [vegetable oil]
3/4 c plain yogurt [sour cream, mashed bananas, applesauce]
1 t vanilla extract (optional)
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Distribute batter evenly between 12 muffin cups. I use a medium ice cream scoop.
In a small bowl (but large enough to accommodate your pastry blender), mix together:
3 T AP flour
3 T brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger (optional)
Cut in 2 T butter using your pastry blender of a couple knives. Sprinkle on top your 12 muffin cups, distributing evenly.
Bake for 15-18 minutes. Eat while warm with big glass of milk. Then eat another one.