The best part (besides the taste) is the simple versatility. For Tyne and me, I usually add fruit--blueberries, bananas, peaches, or anything else that seems good. When my husband is home for breakfast, I put chocolate chips in them.
Basic Sweet Muffins
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1Tb. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. buttermilk
1 c. fruit or chocolate chips
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Mix wet ingredients (egg, milk). Add wet ingredients to dry & stir to moisten. Fold in fruit or other additions. Spoon into greased muffin pan. Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes or until done.
Other ways to adapt the recipe:
* substitute oil instead of butter & mix it in with the egg and milk.
* omit butter/oil entirely (still tasty, but will dry out more quickly if not eaten right away)
* use sweetmilk (regular milk) instead of buttermilk & omit the soda
* add a second egg if you like it somewhat richer
* decrease sugar and/or substitute whole wheat flour for half of regular flour
When my kitchen is running smoothly, I keep several jars of the dry ingredients already mixed for those mornings when I'm too clumsy to use measuring spoons.