GLEN'S "RING OF FIRE" BRAN MUFFINS

Servings: 72
1 box (15-oz) Raisin Bran
3 cups sugar
5 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons cloves
2 teaspoons nutmeg
3 teaspoons cinnamon
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup oil
1 quart buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 packages dried fruit bits
2 cups nuts, chopped (I use walnuts)
MY ADDITIONS:
12 Thai Chiles, finely minced
2 Fresh Jalapenos, sliced
4 Orange Habaneros, sliced

This is the recipe that I ripped off from my mother that I have made in the past. Unfortunately, being a CHILE HEAD, I wanted a bit more spices than just the cinnamon and cloves in it, so I made a few additions! Use all fresh chiles! Mince them up real good. Slice the jalapenos and habaneros into rings. Mix the Thai chiles with the muffin ingredients below. After spooning into muffin cups, place a slice of jalapeno or habanero on top of each muffin. You can label them "green for sissies" if you like.

Simmer the fruit in water until very soft and they have absorbed all the juice they are going to (about 15-20 minutes). Drain. Mix dry ingredients in a BIG bowl or pan. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper cupcake papers about 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes -- if using miniature muffin tins, reduce baking time to 15 minutes. (You would really be bonkers to try the miniature ones, it would make about 3 bezillion!)

These really aren't hot, they just have a pleasant zing to them. Really! Until you hit the "ring of fire", that is.... (or does the "ring of fire" come later???) 8-)

For the really initiated, I would suggest serving these with a drop or two of Daves Insanity or Endorphin Rush, just to get the day started with a zip!