As promised Saturday I have come up with my tips and tricks for the best Muffin baking success. I remember when I made my first batch of muffins from scratch years ago. I thought “well this is going to be easy”. Ha, boy was I ever wrong. I creamed the butter and sugar with a mixer for a long time. I remember the best part was when I added the flour ingredients and continued beating for another few minutes. I’ll never forget how tough and dry theses muffins came out. I bet my face was priceless when I bit into the hockey pucks with chocolate chips. Fast forward a few years, and many attempted recipes, and I have decided to compile a list of tricks and tips that have led me to have the best success with baking muffins. I will also update this with any additional tips I come across as time goes on
- When combining the wet and dry ingredients do not over stir. I mean it!!!! This is the most important tip ever. 10 to 12 stirs is usually sufficient. You are aiming to have most of the flour dissolved, but some can still show through.
2. When combining the wet and dry ingredients I find a wooden spoon or spatula works best, since you are folding the dough together, not mixing. Do not use an electric mixer.
3. If you are using or adding an acidic ingredient for moisture like buttermilk or sour cream, make sure you add 1/2 t of baking soda for every 8oz of the acidic ingredient, as they are tangy, and if not neutralized will alter the taste of your finished product.
4. Once you have mixed the wet and dry and added it to the muffin tray, put the tray in the oven right away, especially if you have added baking soda.
5. In order to get the tops of the muffins to have the brown crisp domed layer increase your oven temp to 450 for the first 5 minutes, before reducing back to normal. Also, sprinkling crystalized sugar on top of the muffins before baking will help.
6. Use a light muffin tin. I find the darker ones tend to burn the outsides, or bake unevenly.
7. If you have empty cups in your muffin tin, place water in them when you bake the muffins. This will allow the muffins to bake more evenly.
8. Use an ice-cream scooper to place the muffin batter into the muffin cups, and fill them at least 3/4 of the way full.
9. Cake flour or adding 2 T of cornstarch per cup of flour to muffin mix will create a softer, moist muffin (less gluten formation).
10. Do not over bake the muffins, they will become hard and dry.
Have Fun 😀