How To Tweak Muffin Recipes Jul 21, 2021 0:37:18 GMT -5
Post by Honoria on Jul 21, 2021 0:37:18 GMT -5
How to Tweak a Muffin Recipe
Muffins can be baked in any size you can imagine.
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How to Tweak Muffin Recipes
Baking muffins is one of this author's favorite things to make for dessert. Without fail, they can be whipped up in minutes and can save you the time of trying to make elaborate desserts that might or might not work out when you're under pressure.
Muffins also make great snack foods. They're easy to grab on your way out the door or to add to a lunch sack for just that little extra treat. They can be healthy as well—like oatmeal muffins or fruit and nut muffins.
How to Tweak a Muffin Recipe to Make Extra Large Muffins
They come in all sizes, shapes, and flavors. You can go savory or you can go ultra sweet. It's all about the recipe.
You can literally make extra large or jumbo size muffins from any recipe out there. If you don't have a jumbo muffin pan, you can use ramekins or custard cups. They just need to be able to hold roughly 1 cup of batter.
Whatever size you decide to make, there are some simple but important golden rules to follow.
Don't overmix the batter
Don't underfill or overfill whatever pan you're using
Don't overbake (or underbake)
That said, you can take any standard recipe for muffins or cakes and convert it to any size pan you want. All you have to know is how to bake them.
Want to tweak a regular muffin or cupcake recipe to make a jumbo muffin? It's a piece of cake . . . literally.
Muffin pans have a lot to do with perfect muffins. Size matters so use the right amount of dough for the size muffin you make.
General Measuring Guide for Muffin Batter: Size Matters
Mini muffins require about 2 tablespoons of batter per muffin cup.
Standard muffins require about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter, but it's always dependent on the size of the muffin cup.
Jumbo muffins require about 1 cup of batter.
Filling your muffin cups 2/3 full will give you nice domed tops.
Filling your muffin cups 3/4 full will give you perfect muffins. Filling your muffin cups more than 3/4 full will give you flat-topped muffins.
How Many Minutes to Bake Muffins
Most standard muffins will bake for 18–22 minutes.
Mini muffins or small cupcakes will bake for 8–10 minutes or about 5–8 minutes less than regular size muffins.
Large sized (or jumbo) muffins will take 20–24 minutes or add 8–13 minutes to the time required for regular size muffins quoted in a recipe.
How Do You Know When a Muffin's Done?
Use your nose—muffins are easily tested for being done by the aroma coming from the oven. When you start to smell them, they are almost perfectly done.
Don't overbake! Just like over-stirring can make muffins tough, overbaking makes muffins dry as chalk. You want a muffin that is cooked "just right"—moist and fluffy in the middle and lightly browned on the outside.
Insert a toothpick—or use a cake tester metal probe. Stick the tester or toothpick in the center of the muffin. It should come out clean or with a few crumbs—and it's done.
Remember to set your muffin tins on a rack and cool for only about 5 minutes. Remove from the pans—they will keep cooking otherwise.
Push on the muffin itself in the pan—if it indents or you come away with batter, it obviously isn't done. If the muffin bounces back slightly and feels soft but does not have an indent where you pressed, it's probably perfect.
Converting Cake Recipes to Make Muffins
You can take cake mixes and bake them as muffins, keeping in mind the reduction in time for the size of the pan.
As a point of reference, baking two 8- or 9-inch cake pans of batter requires 30–35 minutes.
If converting a recipe from a cake recipe to muffins, reduce the time by at least 10 minutes for standard size muffins or reduce the time by 5 minutes and start checking for dryness in the center.
Bundt cake recipes require 55 to 60 minutes to bake—if you want to use a bundt cake recipe to make muffins, reduce the bake time by about 35 minutes for standard size muffin pans.
Reduce the bake time if using bundt cake recipes by 25 minutes and begin checking for dryness in the center if you are baking jumbo-sized muffins.
1 tablespoon of batter versus 1 cup of batter is all the difference there is between mini and extra large muffins.
How to Bake the Perfect Muffin
It should be crumbly but not falling into pieces.
It should be soft but not mushy.
It should be moist and not dry.
There are many different kinds of muffins from sweet treats to savory varieties. Most have you mix the dry ingredients and then add the wet or moistened ingredients.
Again, overmixing is the primary muffin killer and the most common reason for dry, chalky muffins. You want this delicacy to be "just right," so experiment. This author has found that reducing the oven temp by 25 degrees sometimes makes my favorite muffin recipe better and doesn't overcook them. Or taking them out a few minutes earlier than the recipe says.
Some changes occur depending on the kind of muffin pans you use as well. Figure out which muffin tins or methods work best for your particular climate and kitchen and build on that.
You can add in many things that recipes don't mention; like spices or dried fruits, nuts of any kind, seeds. Use different kinds of milks, like almond milk. Toss your add-ins with a wee bit of flour to keep them from sticking together.
Walnut oil is an excellent oil for greasing muffin tins or muffin liners. It imparts a slightly nutty taste to the muffins and is a great prep add-in for muffins and cakes. Try other kinds of oils for savory muffins. Just pour a small amount in a tiny prep bowl and brush a little on the muffin tin or the muffin liners.
Grease or spray muffin paper liners too and your muffins won't ever stick to the paper again.
Store muffins in an airtight container after baking and those you don't eat right away. They usually dry out quickly.
Many recipes, such as sour cream muffins, freeze exceptionally well and never dry out. You can also substitute Greek yogurt for part or all of the sour cream.
Tips on Baking Muffins of All Sizes
Always make sure your baking powder and baking soda are fresh. Stale or substandard leavening products can have a negative effect on your muffins.
Do not overmix! This is the single most important factor. Turn the bowl as you are stirring in the last ingredients and only give about 10 folding maneuvers through the muffin batter or cake batter. In this baking situation, it's okay to have some flour still showing on your muffins when they go in the pan.
Don't overfill the muffin tins—no matter what size or your muffins will flatten.
A great way to fill muffin tins is with an ice cream scoop or another measuring device to ensure that all muffins are created equally. it also cuts down on handling which with muffin dough is very important.
When using a measuring device to fill muffin cups, spray with a little vegetable spray or brush lightly with walnut oil. It helps the dough slide out each time.
Don't underfill either or the muffins will likely burn or be overdone when you take them out.
Use vegetable spray for the insides of muffin pans to help them pop out of the pan. You can also spray muffin liners with a small amount of spray to keep them from sticking to the muffins.
In order to avoid overmixing, when making muffins with special ingredients such as blueberries, chocolate chips or other larger add-ins, this author pushes the items into the muffins after they are already in the tins. It cuts down on making the blueberry muffins blue, which is an added benefit.
Or toss the add-in ingredients in a bit of the flour used in the recipe to keep them from sticking and add/fold in at the last minute.
If you have blank spots in your muffin pans. i.e., you didn't have enough batter for all the spots in the tin, add 2–3 tablespoons of water. This prevents the pan from warping or burning from any vegetable spray.
Have batter leftover just enough to make another 1 or 2 muffins? Use vegetable sprayed or paper-lined custard cups or ramekins. Fill and bake—test these separately from the muffin tin muffins to see if they're done.
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