How to Make Muffins -
Turn Out Perfect Muffins Each and Every Time
to make muffins is extremely easy and fun.
Far easier than cakes or cookies. There's no creaming butter or sugar, simply mix together in a bowl and you're done.
learn the basics, you’ll be turning out muffins of all kinds...
savory, large or small.
hot or cold, served at breakfast, morning tea, afternoon tea or lunch.
Tips for Making Muffins
often made from all-purpose flour then have a raising agent such as baking powder or baking soda added to make them
rise. But the same rules for baking apply here. Accurate measuring is essential
dry ingredients in a bowl. If you are
adding spices to the mix, sift the flour with the raising agent and any spices
together to mix them evenly.
The wet ingredients are always mixed separately in another bowl.
Quick mixing is the secret to great muffins. As soon as the liquids are added, the raising agents will start to work. So the wet and dry ingredients are only mixed together when you are ready to bake.
Once the mixture has been mixed it needs to be placed in the oven almost immediately. You can't leave muffin mixture sitting around for too long.
Over mixing your dough will result in muffins that are tough. Use a spatula to fold the ingredients together. Stir only until the flour is no longer visible. This shouldn't take more than about 25 stirs. Remember the mixture won't be smooth. But this won't matter, it doesn't have to be.
Successful Muffin Baking
- To bake your
muffins either grease a 12 hole muffin tin or you can use paper
cases. Simply place the paper cases into
the muffin holes.
- Muffins are
usually baked in a moderately hot (375ºF / 190°C) oven.
- Using paper
cases makes them easy to remove.
- Spoon the
mixture into the muffin holes or paper cases but only fill them about
- To make them even sizes, try to put the same amount of batter into each hole.
- Bake until
the tops are firm and golden brown.
- To prevent
soggy bottoms, remove immediately from the tins and allow to cool
on wire racks.
- Muffins can be made in any size from mini, regular or jumbo size.
- Any muffin mixture can be cooked in any sized pan, simply adjust the cooking times.
- Cook your muffins at a temperature of 190°C - 375°F according to the following:
- Mini muffins: 10 - 15 minutes
- Regular: 12 - 15 minutes
- Jumbo or Texas muffins: 20 - 25 minutes
- They are cooked when they spring back when lightly touched.
- Muffins are
best eaten on the day of baking. However
they do freeze really well and can be quickly thawed and freshened in the
- Six regular
sized muffins will take 2 – 3 minutes to thaw from frozen in the microwave.
- They can
also be re-heated in the oven. Thaw
first then simply wrap each one in foil and place in a pre-heated oven. Or place on a plate and zap in the microwave (without
the foil of course).
Once you learn the finer points of how to make muffins, you can create just about any flavored muffin you like.
Use whatever ingredients you have on hand, such as fresh, frozen or dried fruit, nuts, sweets, spices, jams or essences.
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