Mix together 2 cups flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 cup sugar. Stir a mixture of 1 beaten egg, 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup vegetable oil into the dry ingredients. Pour into muffin cups and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
To change the flavor of the basic muffin recipe, add in a variety of flavorings before pouring the muffins into the muffin cups. Add 1 cup of fresh blueberries, 1 cup of finely chopped raisins or 1 cup of finely chopped dates for fruit-flavored muffins. For savory muffins, add 1 cup grated sharp cheese or 1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon. For a healthier alternative, substitute applesauce for the vegetable oil.
For best results when baking muffins, make sure to leave the batter slightly lumpy because mixing it too much can cause the muffin to be tough. Check on the muffins 5 minutes before the done time as some muffins bake quicker in certain ovens. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes, and remove them to avoid sogginess. The muffins should stay fresh in an air-tight container for one or two days or they can be wrapped individually in plastic wrap and placed in the freezer in a resealable bag for up to one month.