Put all ◆ ingredients into a bowl and whisk. Preheat the oven to 180℃.
Put the margarine into a separate bowl and mix until white (refer to Steps 8 to 10 ).
Add sugar into the margarine and mix well.
Add the egg in small batches and mix thoroughly.
Then add the combined ◆ ingredients. Mix lightly in a cutting motion.
Now add the milk in small batches. Bring the batter together.
Pour into the muffin pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 180℃.
Easy Tips to Mix Hard Margarine or Butter: Refer to Steps 9 and 10. It's easier if you do the opposite from warming the bowl in a hot bath.
Begin by melting about half of the listed amount in a microwave. Mix well with a whisk until evenly combined.
Chill the bowl over cold (or iced) water as you mix. Remove the bowl when the butter or margarine is fairly hard. Keep on whipping.
Variation 1: I've added bananas. It was so sweet and moist that my kids loved it.
Variation 2: This is a blueberry version. Fresh blueberries... so tart.
Variation 3: Here are milk tea muffins. I substituted milk with milk tea, and also mixed in black tea leaves. Smells good.
Variation 4: I put 20 g sugar and a little water in a heatproof container and microwaved until golden brown. Then I mixed in 10 g butter and bananas to bake.
Variation 5: I added diced dried strawberries into these muffins, and topped it with salted dry cherry blossoms. For events in spring, like the Hinamatsuri Girl's Day Festival.
Variation 6: The standard chocolate chip muffins. Definitely a hit.
My child is a third grader and made these blueberry muffins with friends. It's so easy that kids can make it on their own, and still turns out delicious.
Variation 7: Here, I mixed in homemade dried figs and cream cheese. The sweet and salty flavor is really addictive.
Variation 8: I changed 10 g of cake flour to cocoa powder, and topped it with whipped cream and silver dragées to make these double chocolate muffins for Valentine's Day.
Story Behind this Recipe
I love scones, but I was wondering about the difference between scones and muffins. That's how I came up with this recipe.
When adding the egg, make sure it doesn't separate, do so in small batches. After adding the powdered ingredients, make sure you don't mix too much. Don't worry even if it's a little floury. Adding milk in small batches makes it easier to blend together.