Desperate Housewives: Pineapple Bran Muffins

A review of Pineapple Bran Muffins from Bree’s section of the Desperate Housewives Cookbook.

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Pineapple Bran Muffins

The third and final of Bree’s muffin recipes in this cookbook!

I did have to make one revision to this recipe vs. the original.  I wasn’t able to find wheat bran in the store, so I used oat bran instead.  Wheat bran is a bit healthier, with fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber, while oat bran has higher protein and is a little less dry.  I really couldn’t say how it’d affect taste, but my understanding is that wheat bran has a more nutty flavor.

First the pineapple is drained and set aside.  The dry ingredients are mixed together in one bowl, and the wet in another.  The 1/4 cup of allspice is optional, so I chose to add half that amount for flavor.

Then the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients, stirred gently and carefully (you never want to over-mix muffins!), and loaded into greased muffin/cupcake tins.  There is enough muffin batter to fill each tin all the way up to the brim!

At this point it goes into the oven and bakes until a toothpick comes out clean.


Taste: 7/10

These were good, but you can’t really taste the pineapple.  They mostly taste like bran muffins, and were not a very exciting flavor.  Kind of bland, actually.  I’m glad I didn’t go overboard with the allspice because, even with half the amount, I could definitely taste it.

Difficulty: Easy20200603_135436

Muffins are not very challenging.  Mix ingredients together, pour into muffin tins, and bake.  Just be careful not to over-mix the batter, and not to over or under cook the muffins (easily checked by poking with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean).

Cost: Average / Expensive

Cost will depend on how much of the baking ingredients you already have in your pantry.  You’ll need crushed pineapple, wheat bran, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, milk, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs.  You can also add allspice if you’d like, but it’s optional.

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