In 1973, Carolyn Keene published The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking. While visiting an antique store in Dahlonega recently, I stumbled across this classic book. The recipes are simple to prepare – perfect for young cooks. Each recipe boasts a connection to one of the Nancy Drew mysteries. This recipe belongs to Mrs. Marvin, the mother of Nancy’s best friend Bess.
Three-ingredient muffins? These sound so simple to make I had to try them. The recipe for these “magic muffins” is incredibly straightforward:
Combine 1 cup self-rising flour, 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise, and 1/2 cup milk until moistened.
Spoon mixture into a greased muffin tin.
Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven.
Lickety-split, author Carolyn Keene says, you’ll have warm-from-the-oven muffins. The self-rising flour gives the muffins height and fluffiness, and the mayonnaise is a deceptively simple way to replace oil and eggs in a recipe, and it makes a moist batter. All in all, good choices.
Mrs. Marvin’s Magic Muffins – for Modern Cooks
Mrs. Marvin had a great idea – to create a recipe for a muffin/biscuit base. But I suggest using this recipe as a starting point for your own imagination. Nancy’s great advice to would-be cooks? “It’s no mystery,” Nancy Drew reveals. “You must do what fine cooks have always done — add your own special touch.”
So here are a few special touches you can add to this simple muffin recipe:
- 1/4 cup raisins and 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup diced apples and 2 Tablespoons cinnamon and sugar
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese and 1 Tablespoon fresh minced herbs
- 1/4 cup diced ham and 1/4 cup shredded aged Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives and 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
The variations are endless. Experiment!
My History with Nancy Drew
When I was a young girl just learning to write stories and cook, I must confess that Carolyn Keene was one of my heroes. She brought Nancy Drew to life, and I admired the smart girl sleuth whose clever notions helped her solve crimes and make friends everywhere.
In fact, the summer between fifth and sixth grade, I set a goal to read every single Nancy Drew book – and I did. I may not have emerged into sunlight often enough that summer, but I immersed myself in Nancy’s world, and I’ll never forget it.
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