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Last week, sometime after bringing the 40th bag of trash to the curb and opening the 7th bag of Thai take-out, we moved.

take out 2We didn’t move far–just down the street to a smaller, cozier house with a bigger yard–so I didn’t feel any pressure to pack far in advance.  I boxed up the cereal bowls one day, the spoons the next.  I unplugged the toaster oven and dumped out the crumbs [cue the world’s tiniest bicep flex] and over the weekend I brought some potted plants to the new house and positioned them by the front door like a parsley garnish, as if to say “Et voilà!  This place is ready to go!”

I was feeling pretty good about my progress until I woke up from a nap at the old house and took a moment to peer under the bed.  The experience was not unlike snorkeling over a coral reef, except the view in this case was of a colorful assortment of socks, balled-up t-shirts, cookbooks, Chapsticks, tennis balls, iPhone cords, and dust clumps.

So I started packing in earnest.

I didn’t get much support from the crew over here, by the way.  Seymour was particularly unhelpful.

Seymour As an adieu to the old house, I baked bran muffins before turning the oven off for good.  I made two versions–one batch that was time-consuming and fancy, and one that was quick and easy.

bran muffinsThe recipe that didn’t require toasting wheat bran and pureeing raisins was way better.  The muffins were moist and slightly sweet, with lots of rich, nutty bran flavor and little chunks of apple.

bran muffins I haven’t cooked in the new house yet.  Any ideas?

Apple Bran Muffins
Adapted from this recipe.


1 1/2 c. wheat bran

1 c. buttermilk (if you only have whole milk, go here)

1/3 c. vegetable oil

1 egg

2/3 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 small to medium apple, peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes (about 1 c.)


Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine wheat bran and buttermilk in a medium bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.

In a separate large bowl, mix the oil, egg, sugar and vanilla.

In a separate small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

When the bran has soaked for ten minutes, scoop it into the bowl with the oil and egg mixture.  Stir until just combined.  Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.  Add the apple pieces and stir until just combined.   Using a mellon baller, ice cream scoop or spoon, transfer the batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners (fill the liners 3/4 or 4/5 of the way up).

Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes, or until the middles have set and a tester inserted in the muffins comes out clean.

28 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cindy #

    The perfect occasion to thaw the frozen buttermilk (now that I’ve confirmed that that actually works)! This looks GREAT…

    June 11, 2014
    • Cindy, the picture doesn’t even do the muffin justice. They’re really moist. I probably ate 12 of them last week. If you like bran muffins, they’re amazing!

      June 11, 2014
      • ibreatheimhungry #

        You ate 12 bran muffins? Good God…

        June 12, 2014
  2. These muffins look great. I’ve been eying the Rhubarb-Polenta Cake from Nigel Slater’s Ripe. Stacy on Delightful Crumb made it recently. I think some kind of fruit-filled snacking cake would be a great way to warm the new house. Congratulations!

    June 11, 2014
    • Sara, it’s funny you say that because my neighbor (at the old house) gave me some homemade rhubarb muffins yesterday and they’re so good. I’m not sure I’d ever had rhubarb before, except maybe at a restaurant as part of a crumble or something. I liked their sweet tang. My friend movita beaucoup posted a recipe for rhubarb snacking cake just this morning, if you’re on the lookout for a recipe to add to your stash:

      June 11, 2014
  3. karamcnair #

    Did… did you just post your phone number? (on the receipt)

    June 11, 2014
    • Uhhhh. . . maybe. I should probably. . . edit that out.

      June 11, 2014
      • Done! Thanks, my friend. Of course, with my luck, Ryan Gossling will google something and randomly stumble upon this page and now NOT BE ABLE TO CALL ME. Gah.

        June 11, 2014
        • karamcnair #

          No problem at all – I once was really excited about a new DIY computer desk & posted a picture with my open chequebook on it to Twitter. Someone kindly pointed it out and I spent about 10 hrs that week dealing with changing my account number. *sigh*

          June 11, 2014
          • Oh wow. What a pain. I thought I was going to need to do that this week. I was frazzled with the move and wrote a check for the new rent but didn’t write the landlord’s name in the “pay to the order of” line at first because I wasn’t sure how to spell it. So I put it in an envelope and then I put a bunch of wedding invitations in the mail box at the house to be picked up by the letter carrier. Then I went 40 minutes away for some errand and while I was gone I was like OH MY GOD DID I PUT THE CHECK IN THE MAIL?!?! Like, payable to ANYONE who wanted to write their name in?? I searched for the envelope for a while, and that night I found it. I hadn’t mailed it by mistake, but STILL. What a moron!

            June 11, 2014
  4. Oh yum, I *love* bran muffins! I shall have to try these. That can’t be easy to pack up and move, with two dogs along for the ride! The picture of Seymour made me laugh/sigh. My dog has turned the screen door to my balcony into her own doggie door, and just keeps walking in and out for no reason, letting ALL the bugs inside in the meantime.

    June 11, 2014
  5. These muffins look awesome. I love the picture of Seymour, he’s such a smart dog 🙂

    June 11, 2014
  6. You can’t go wrong with a healthy muffin.

    June 12, 2014
  7. The muffins look great. Hope you’re happy in your new home.

    June 12, 2014
  8. Wow. Moving again? I’d have to kill myself.

    June 12, 2014
  9. moving so soon! i mean, i love a good move, but so time-consuming, right? hope you love the new house and get settled in quickly.
    I love a good bran muffin! but wait…there’s a recipe where you PUREE RAISINS and bake them in? DID YOU TELL RACHAEL? that would totally creep her out…it’s like raisins times 200 because they would permeate everything.

    June 12, 2014
    • I think I can speak for Rachael (you’re welcome) and everyone else who hates raisins when I say that I just threw up in my mouth a little…

      June 12, 2014
  10. C.e. #

    Best wishes in your new home and new cooking adventures ~

    June 12, 2014
  11. Congrats on moving! You should probably bake yourself a celebratory cake. Although I guess anything that requires turning on the oven could be considered appropriate for a house-warming…

    June 12, 2014
  12. jenny_o #

    Ohhh, another move so soon, that sounds hard. But if it suits your needs better, it will be so worth it. Pets are like kids, eh – they don’t have the concept of work-work-work to get a big project done … then relax. It’s all fun-fun-fun why is everyone so stressed? Good luck. And whatever thing you bake in your new place, find time to sit and fully enjoy, and then that thing will always hold a good memory for you.

    June 12, 2014
  13. In the summer, I don’t have to teach on Saturdays. As a result, summer Saturdays are precious.

    Please make me some muffins so I don’t have to get out of bed.

    Thanking you in advance,

    June 14, 2014
  14. Seymour is adorable! How does he like his new pad?

    June 14, 2014
  15. Down the blocK? sounds like a nice easy move.

    June 16, 2014
  16. Dayna #

    Costco here in Nashville had jars of cherry-raspberry-rhubarb preserves. Delish on hot rolls (the soft in the center/hard on the outside kind), but I’ve been kicking around the idea of some sort of crumble with it, or cheesecake, or goat cheese-preserve appetizer, or glazed meat…. you get the idea. Turns out I like rhubarb. On the other hand, I’m on a diet for some fancy shindig we’re going to next month so am not so much eatting anything good these days. Sigh. The things we do for friends’ fancy shindigs… 😉

    June 19, 2014
  17. I love cozy little houses. Seymour looks like he’s having the time of his life. These muffins look so moist. Have fun preparing your new home.

    July 9, 2014
  18. Amy #

    Glad the move went well! Even if you did have to do all the packing yourself. I love a good bran muffin…esp toasted and spread with butter. mmmmm. I vote for a summer berry dessert to christen your new oven!

    July 9, 2014
  19. Kath the Cook #

    Missing your funny posts and commentary. Hope you come back soon….

    July 25, 2014
    • Hello, Kath! Oh man, I’ve missed writing. I really have. Thanks for checking in. SO MUCH has happened in the past two months. I’ve just started writing about it all, now that we’re back in Chicago and things have calmed down! How are things with you?

      August 8, 2014

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