This section is from the book "Economical Cookery", by Marion Harris Neil. Also available from Amazon: Economical Cookery (1918).
1 cup (6 ozs.) brown sugar
1 tablespoon (1/2 oz.) butter or lard
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup (1 gill) milk 1 cup (3 ozs.) bran
1 cup (4 ozs.) potato or corn flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (2 ozs.) chopped nut meats
1/2 cup (3 ozs.) Sultana raisins
Cream shortening, and add eggs, milk, bran, flour sifted with baking powder and salt; add nuts and raisins. Mix well and divide into twelve greased and floured muffin pans, and bake in moderate oven fifteen minutes.
Another Method. Mix two cups bran, three fourths cup flour, and one and one half tablespoons sugar in a bowl. Add one egg well beaten, one and one half cups sour milk, and one teaspoon soda. Stir well and drop into greased and floured muffin pans, and bake thirty minutes in hot oven.
These muffins are good for constipation if eaten daily. Few housekeepers appreciate the value of bran, either uncooked or in bread and gems or buns. Bran is highly laxative, and in nine out of ten families there is a need for laxative food. Sedentary habits and meat eating are constipation causes; when this trouble exists, two or three tablespoons of sterilized bran should be eaten at least once a day.