An easy way to have fresh muffins every morning: make this batter and store it in your fridge up to 6 weeks. Use just what you need each day.
First off, do NOT try to cream the fat & sugar with the buttermilk. What a mess! Cream the fat & sugar. Then mix in the egg(s) and THEN stir in the buttermilk. Also, this never says what size of muffin tin is a 'serving' which completely changes your baking time. That being said....I really love the taste of these muffins! I think for anyone who said they were bland, I think it's because of the type of cereal they used. I substituted the shortening with 1/2 applesauce & 1/2 butter. I used raisin bran cereal and threw in a tablespoon of vanilla extract with the buttermilk (which really was 1 Tablespoon lemon juice to 1 cup of skim milk because I didn't have buttermilk). Half wheat flour, half all purpose. I changed this to 36 servings (which really turned out to be 24 on a regular sized muffin tin). I baked them for 18 minutes. They turned out perfect. Thankfully the next time I won't follow the directions blindly. - 10 Aug 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Wonderful!!! I did add Molasses the first time I made them. The second time I added honey and vanilla ( ran out of molasses). Even those at work who say they do not like bran muffins, LOVE this recipe. Extremely easy to make, and versatile. You can add just about any dried fruit to it and they come out even better!!!! We have tried raisins, cranberries, and even dried mango and apricots... Yumm mm Yummmmm!! - 28 Jun 2005 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I've been trying literally dozens of bran muffin recipes lately trying to find a favorite and so far this is it. I skipped the whole step involving breaking up the bran cereal into two parts and just crushed up all of it at once into the boiling water. I also scaled this down to 12 servings and made giant "texas muffins". YUM! - 15 Oct 2005 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)