Muffins are really popular in South Africa as a breakfast compared to England where they are viewed more as a cake. They make such an easy breakfast as they are quick to make, freeze easily and you can just grab one on your way out the door to have with a piece of fruit. The bran and fruit make them a bit healthier than your standard muffin too!
This is a really basic recipe that I grew up with and have been making for years now. One of my mom's friends shared it with her when I was really young and we've been making them ever since. You could jazz them up and add dates or other dried fruits for a change too...
This recipe makes 48 muffins which is loads for me and Chris so I do sometimes halve the batch (You also need a huge bowl to be able to make the full batch!). They aren't very nice if you don't leave them for at least 24 hours before baking so you do have to prepare ahead a little bit! I don't know why that is, maybe something to do with the bran absorbing the liquid, but if you bake them too early them come out quite dense and stodgy.
You can keep this mixture in your fridge for about a week and just bake muffins when you want them, so you can have nice fresh hot muffins straight from the oven. Once baked, I freeze any that we don't have in a couple of days in a big freezer bag and take one out in the morning on my way to work. They defrost very quickly, so are easy to have as a morning snack.
Bran Muffin Recipe (Makes 48)
4 Large Eggs
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
3 Cups Brown Sugar
4 Cups Digestive Bran
4 Cups Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
5 Cups Flour
5 tsp Bicarb
1/4 tsp Salt
Add the eggs and sugar to a bowl and beat until thick and creamy. Add the oil and beat, then add bran, milk, flour, bicarb, salt, vanilla essence and raisins.
Pour the mixture into a plastic container with a tight fitting lid and leave in the fridge for at least a day before baking.
Pour into a lined muffin tin and bake at 180 deg celsius for 20mins.
Note: In the UK, you will probably have to buy bran from a health shop, I haven't seen it in a supermarket yet. I just buy a natural wheat bran in our local health shop.