Best Ever Muffins With Spices

We've been experimenting with a variety of muffin recipes recently. Trying to find something that's tasty as well as versatile. The recipe below combines Best Ever Muffins with Spicy Muffins.

INGREDIENTS

    \* 2 cups all-purpose flour
    \* 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    \* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    \* 1/4 teaspoon ginger
    \* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    \* 3 teaspoons baking powder
    \* 1/2 teaspoon salt
    \* 3/4 cup white sugar
    \* 1 egg
    \* 1 cup milk
    \* 1/4 cup vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS

   1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

   2. Stir together the flour, four spices, baking 
      powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
 
      Make a well in the center. In a small bowl or 
      2 cup measuring cup, beat egg with a fork.
 
      Stir in milk and oil. 

      Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture. 
      Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, 
      but do not beat. The batter will be lumpy. 

      Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.

   3. Variations: 
      Blueberry Muffins: Add 1 cup fresh blueberries. 
      Raisin Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped raisins. 
      Date Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped dates. 
      Cheese Muffins: Fold in 1 cup grated sharp yellow cheese. 
      Bacon Muffins: Fold 1/4 cup crisp cooked bacon, 
      broken into bits.

   4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.

We tried the cheese variant last night. The cheese was hardly noticeable, which is not a good sign. The muffins still tasted good though. We will probably go back to the fruit based ones now, although bacon bits sounds interesting.

If you have any suggestions for the optional ingredient to make yummy muffins please comment.

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