muffins :: tricks and tips
i'm a little muffin crazy lately. this a a great time to make berry-filled muffins because the berries are coming into season, but it's not yet so hot that you feel like you can't bake.
so, here are some tips for making the best muffins you can no matter what the recipe!
TIPS and TRICKS for SUCCESSFUL MUFFIN-MAKING
:: how to make nice, high-domed muffins like the ones at your favorite bakery--it's easy. most recipes call for your muffin tin to be 2/3 full, which is just not going to suffice. fill it to nearly full instead. if you end up with empty tins, just fill them half full with water before baking. you also want to kick the heat up a bit. yes, it's controversial. most recipes call for a 350 oven or 375, but if you set it to 425 you'll see a big difference. the higher temp creates more steam, which puffs the top of the muffin and quickly sets it at the same time. the key is: after 6-7 minutes, lower the temperature back down to whatever was called for.
:: most attempts at really good muffins fail because of over-mixing. for your best shot at success, always mix the dry ingredients together, then mix the wet ingredients together then combine the 2 when you are ready to bake. stir with a spatula or wooden spoon, and don't even think about an electric mixer. most importantly only mix until just combined! keep it lumpy, people, you'll thank me.
:: don't forget that you can quell your craving for muffins easily by combining and storing the dry ingredients. big time saver down the road!