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Nov 21, 2010 07:39 AM

Bran Muffins

I would like to find a great Bran Muffin in MSP. Needs to have plump rasins and a caramelized top. Not looking for healthy, want yummy!

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  1. Breadsmith Bakery

    3939 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55424

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    1. re: karakutie

      that's funny, you want a non-healthy bran muffin, aren't bran muffins the quintessential healthy muffin? Although I think they end up being very sugary in an attempt to drown out the taste of the bran.

      1. re: faith

        Many are not healthy at all. Other than lots of fiber, they are usually filled with sugar and fat. I love them, but have no belief they are any better for me than any other muffin.

    2. Me, too! I'm hoping for some good tips here. So far, the "best" I've been able to find is at SuperAmerica. And that's definitely NOT a healthy bran muffin. But it's pretty tasty...

      1. Yummiest I've found is from Woullet;'s (sp?) Bakery on Grand Ave in St. Paul. (I know there is at least one more Woullet's in Mpls--perhaps more than one more---and I would think the other(s) carry these bran muffins as well.) This muffin is moist, tasty, and has that terrific caramelized top.

        I am still searching for a muffin with a caramelized top AND chunks of pineapple embedded in the topping. I used to eat these (decades ago!) every Sunday am when I met to study with a friend at a restaurant on Snelling Ave in St. Paul. (I can't remember the name of the restaurant.)

        The best recipe for bran muffins I've found is from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. I believe you could add a caramelized topping to these muffins, but I am afraid to do so for fear that I would consume the entire batch in a day. I modify this recipe by adding toasted coconut and some salt. There is no salt in this recipe which I believe is an error (a rare error in a Chris Kimball book).

        Darn it---Chowhound keeps adding the "Snelling Cafe" to my post. That is NOT where I ate the wonderful pineapple-bran muffins years ago.

        AnneinMpls---Those Super American bran muffins were GOOD. But my SA does not carry them anymore. Does yours still carry them?

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        1. re: soccermom13

          Margo's have an amazing bran muffin with a cream cheese center; they used to have them at Dunn Bros downtown Mpls, but they no longer carry them, so their main bakery might be the only place to buy them now.

          Patisserie Margo
          5133 Gus Young Ln, Minneapolis, MN 55436

          1. re: soccermom13

            Soccermom13 - Yes, my SA in SE Mpls (University Ave next to KSTP) sometimes has bran muffins, but you have to get there right after the muffin delivery. The other muffins sit around all day, but the bran muffins go FAST FAST FAST. I guess I'm not the only one who likes 'em...

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            1. Pardon the interruption, folks, but we ask that you please limit this discussion to where bran muffins can be purchased in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Please discuss recipes and baking tips on the Home Cooking board. In fact, we've moved a recipe to the Home Cooking board.

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