Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine the boiling water and barley flakes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with papers, or just lightly grease the muffin cups for a crustier muffin bottom.

  3. When cooled combine the soaked barley flakes with the vegetable oil, egg, brown sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Set aside.

  4. Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir just until evenly moistened. Cover the batter loosely and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

  6. Fold the Jammy Bits, raisins, or dried fruit and the nuts into the batter.

  7. Scoop the batter by heaping 1/4-cupfuls into the prepared muffins cups; a scone and muffin scoop works well here.

  8. Bake the muffins for 22 to 25 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean.

  9. Remove the pan from the oven, allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a rack to cool completely.

  10. Store leftover muffins in an airtight plastic container or bag at room temperature for several days; or freeze for up to 1 month.