Become a Master of Muffins: 6 Tips
1. Use the Freshest Ingredients
The best tasting muffins come from fresh ingredients. If you want to add blueberries, raisins, pineapple, nuts or other items to your muffins, you want quality ingredients. This includes using fresh baking soda and baking powder to make the muffins rise. You also want to measure the ingredients properly. Use small measuring cups for dry ingredients, and a glass measuring cup for wet ingredients. .
2. Preheat the Oven
Before you begin mixing the ingredients, turn on the oven for preheating. Use the temperature guidelines in the recipe you use. An oven thermometer will give you the exact temperature.
3. Mix the Ingredients Well.
It's best to mix all the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in two separate bowls. You then make a depression in the dry ingredients to hold the wet ingredients. Slowly pour the wet ingredients in with the dry. Mix all the ingredients together, but do not overbeat the batter until it is smooth and creamy. You want the batter lumpy, but moist.
4. Prepare the Baking Pans
The best way to keep the muffins from sticking to the pan is to grease the muffin tins with butter. You can use a pastry brush to quickly do this. Greasing the pans also makes cleaning a lot easier. Another option is to use paper liners inside the muffin tins. For best results, sprinkle a little flour at the bottom of the muffin tin.
5. Bake the Muffins
Use an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin tins with batter. Only fill the tins two-thirds or three-fourths of the way to prevent the muffins from overflowing. The muffins will rise so there is no need to fill the tin completely. Place the muffin tin in the middle rack of the oven.
6. Remove the Muffins
You know the muffins are done baking when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. After letting the muffins cool for two to four minutes, you can place the tin on a cool, wet towel to help loosen the muffins from the bottom of the pan.
You are now ready to enjoy eating your home-baked muffin.