I used to work at a Dunn Bros Coffee shop, and although they weren't my 1st pick that we had, the bran cream cheese muffins always sold out first! No raisins in my recollection, but they were good. Hahah - if only I could remember where we got our bakery items from... that might be helpful!
Two other places I have found and enjoyed the bran muffins: Sebastian Joe's in Linden Hills, and Turtle Bread Co.
4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
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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?