I'm like a mad scientist in the kitchen. Often I don't really know what I'm doing and even more often I don't seem to have the necessary ingredients for a particular recipe. But I do not let little things like that stand in my way or slow me down. It's just not how I roll.
After yesterday's post I was inspired to make a batch of Super Berry Bran Muffins. I started pulling down ingredients from the pantry, located my measuring cups that the twins had absconded with and dusted off my mixing bowls ... only to discover that I had no berries and was almost out of applesauce, two of the key ingredients.
So I did what I usually do in the kitchen, and in life for that matter, I decided to fake it until I could figure out a better solution. Instead of berries I substituted golden and regular raisins and, since I only had 1/4 cup of applesauce, I improvised by smashing a ripe banana in lieu of the last 1/2 cup.
The result? Banana Raisin Bran Muffins. Can you say, yum?
You can't really mess up these muffins so don't be afraid to tinker with the recipe based on the ingredients you have on hand. In the past I have substituted oat bran, wheat germ and even oatmeal when I was out of wheat bran. It doesn't seem to matter and the muffins always taste great.
So don't be a slave to the recipe. View my recipes like Eric views my grocery lists: as a mere guideline.