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Do You Know the Muffin Man?

by Buffy Owens
September/October 2010
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1½ cup white whole wheat flour
½ cup corn meal
⅔ cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1¼ cup reduced fat milk
2 eggs
⅓ cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons butter, melted
⅔ cup fresh berries

Mix the flour, corn meal, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, put the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and the melted butter. Whisk the wet ingredients until well mixed. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir. Fold in the berries and place in muffin cups. (Tip: To prevent berries falling to the bottom of your muffins, dust them with a little bit of flour.) Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-12 minutes. The baking time will vary with the size of the muffins.

According to my research, this rhyme was first recorded in a British manuscript around 1820. The lyrics are very similar to those we use today:

Do you know the muffin man,
the muffin man, the muffin man?

Do you know the muffin man
that lives in Drury Lane?

Victorian households had many of their fresh foods delivered; muffins would be delivered door-to-door by a muffin man. Those ‘muffins’ however, are what we refer to today as English muffins. But the song is ...

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