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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cypress Inn Raisin Bran Muffins

When I started this post the other day I had no way of knowing the events that would transpire this morning in Tuscaloosa.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and injured.  This post will now be dedicated to the emergency personnel EMTs and the Tuscaloosa police that responded last night.

Now on to the recipe.  This is one of my favorite recipes because it comes from one of my favorite places in Tuscaloosa.  This is probably tied for second behind Dreamland, of course, and tied with Rammer Jammer.  I know Rammer Jammer is just a hamburger joint but it is a really good hamburger.  I have been going to Cypress Inn for probably close to 30 years.  It has a beautiful setting on the Black Warrior River.  If you have not tried Cypress Inn I recommend you try it just not on game day.  When you sit down and they take your drink order they bring you a basket of these muffins.  Even if you don't like raisins you have to try them.  They are good hot or cold, breakfast or afternoon.
I know it looks like a lot of ingredients but they come together really quickly.  The beauty of these muffins are  that the batter last in the fridge for a month.  You can have fresh warm muffins any time you like.
You will need a big bowl.  Dump the entire box of Raisin Bran in the bowl.  Using a wooden spoon break up the flakes.
Pour the entire quart of buttermilk on top of the cereal.  After you pour the buttermilk on continue to break up the cereal.  These muffins actually get better the longer they sit in your fridge.
Breaking up the flakes.
Add one cup of oil.
Add four eggs.
Stir up the eggs before you add them to the mix.
Stir the eggs and oil into the batter.
Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Add 3 cups sugar.
Add 5 cups all purpose flour. I would mix between each cup.
Add 2 teaspoons of salt.

Add 5 teaspoons baking soda.
Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Add 1 teaspoon ground cloves.  This smells so good.
Add 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
Mix the batter well making sure everything is well mixed.  Scrape down the sides well. Now put the lid on the bowl and put in the fridge until you are ready for fresh muffins.

The batter has been in the fridge for two days.  Every time you take it out stir the batter well.
Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray.  Fill the muffin cups with the batter.  Place in a 400 degree preheated oven.  Bake for about 15 minutes.
Fresh from the oven.
They are so good warm with a little butter.

Cypress Inn Raisin Bran Muffins

1 15 oz box Raisin Bran cereal
3 c sugar
5 c all purpose flour
5 t baking soda
2 t salt
4 eggs
1 c oil
1 qt buttermilk
2 t vanilla
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t ground cloves
1 t ground nutmeg

Crush cereal then add other dry ingredients.  Then add wet ingredients.  Mix well.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Preheat oven to 400.  Spray muffin tins with non stick spray.  Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Serve warm with butter.

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