Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Secret of Attractive Muffins

It's really easy to make nice, high-domed muffins if you follow these

1. Fill your muffin tins. Time and again, we see recipes that direct
you to fill your muffin tins 2/3's full. That's not enough batter for
high-domed muffins. Fill your muffin tins nearly full. Your favorite
recipe that calls for 12 muffins may only make nine or ten high-domed
muffins. Fill any empty tins half full of water.

2. Make sure that your batter is thick. In a full tin, a thin batter
will flow all over your oven before setting. Your batter should be
"spoonable" not pourable.

3. Get your oven hot enough. Set your oven temperature to 425 degrees.
Yes, we know, most recipes list a temperature of 350 or 375 degrees
Fahrenheit. You need a high temperature to create a burst of steam
which will lift the top of the muffin and quickly set the starches and
proteins in the muffin. After six or eight minutes, set the
temperature back to the lower setting. If you leave it on the high
temperature, the muffins will bake too rapidly and will likely be crusty.

There it is—three simple rules to make very attractive muffins.

-Courtesy of vmarie64068

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