Sift Flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a medium-sized bowl.
Stir to mix well.
In a small bowl, beat egg with a fork.
Add milk and oil.
Add all at once to dry ingredients.
Stir mixture only until dry ingredients are moistened.
Batter will be lumpy.
Drop batter from a tablespoon into prepared muffins pans, filling each cup half to two-thirds full.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from pan and serve hot with butter, jam or marmalade.
GINGER MUFFINS: Add 1/2 Cup finely diced candied ginger to flour mixture before adding liquid.
BANANA PECAN MUFFINS: Prepare muffin batter but use only 1/2 cup milk.
Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/4 t ground nutmeg to sifted flour.
Add 1 cup mashed, peeled banana with the egg, milk and oil.
BLUEBERRY MUFFINS: Toss 1 cup washed and well-drained fresh or frozen blueberries with sifted flour mixture before adding liquid.
ORANGE MUFFINS: Cut 2 peeled navel oranges into sections.
When batter is in the cups, place an orange section on top of each and sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar.
CHEESE MUFFINS: Fold 1/2 cup grated sharp yellow cheese into muffin mix with the last few strokes on batter.
Serve hot with scrambled eggs and bacon for a special breakfast.
SURPRISE MUFFINS: Fill muffin cups 1/3rd full of batter.
Drop 1/2 t of your favorite jelly in center of batter.
Add batter to fill cup 2/3rds full.
Kids just love these as you will.
COCONUT MUFFINS: Add 1 c Shredded coconut with the last few strokes of mixing.
For a snack have coconut muffins, butter and milk.
CHIVE MUFFINS: Fold 1/4 cup chives into the batter during the last few strokes and serve at dinner.
Great with a steak and salad.
“I wanted to love these muffins; I made them twice – banana nut, both times. They aren’t very moist, and could really use a boost of flavoring; perhaps a tsp. of vanilla would be a good choice for the muffin I made. I did reduce the recipe by half, as there are only 3 of us, and used a whole egg, as it is hard to measure 1/2 an egg. I may try the cheese version another time. Thanks for posting, *Pixie*!”