½cup(100 g) sugar,, plus additional 2 Tbs for sprinkling on top (optional)
¾cup(187 ml) milk,, room temperature
½cup(1 stick or 113 g) unsalted butter,, melted and slightly cooled
2large eggs,, room temperature
1teaspoon pure vanilla extract,, optional
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir just until combined. (If you want to add mix-ins, do this step now).
Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin, dividing batter evenly among the 12 cups (about two-thirds full). Sprinkle additional sugar on top if desired.
Bake muffins at 400° F for 15 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with little to no crumbs. Let muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve warm.
Storing muffins: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.Mini muffins: Fill mini muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400° F for 10 to 12 minutes. Yields about 36 mini muffins.High altitude adjustments: This recipe was tested at sea level and in Denver, CO (altitude 5,280 ft or 1609 m). Decrease baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons and decrease sugar by 1 Tablespoon. At higher altitudes, consider using 1 teaspoon baking powder, decreasing sugar by 2 Tablespoons and adding 1 Tablespoon milk.Substitutions: Whole wheat flour may be used in place of all purpose flour. Vegetable oil or applesauce may be used in place of butter. 1/2 cup mashed banana or yogurt can be used in place of 2 eggs. Oat milk, coconut milk or water can be used in place of milk.Optional mix-ins:
1 cup chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit.
Double chocolate chip: Reduce flour to 1 3/4 cups. Add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 cup chocolate chips.
Lemon poppyseed: Reduce milk to 1/2 cup. Soak 1 tablespoon poppyseeds in milk. Add 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (strained) and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest.
Apple cinnamon: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 cup chopped apple.
Blueberry muffins: Toss 1 cup frozen blueberries in flour. Stir gently into muffin batter.
Kitchen scale to weigh ingredients (it's more accurate than measuring)