Prepare MuffinsLooking to bake the best muffins with the simplest recipe? The following are easy steps to help you make perfect and lip-smacking muffins without spending a lot of time:
Preparation of muffin cups is the first step towards making delectable muffins. Use butter and a pastry brush to grease the cups or you can even use oil to spray. Paper liners can also be used for greasing purposes. Place the oven rack right in the middle and set the oven for preheat. The ideal temperature for baking muffins is usually 190°C or 375°F.
Dry ingredients should be whisked together in a big bowl. It is important to choose a large bowl because the batter will remain in this dish till the end. So be very careful with the size of bowl you choose.
It is not necessary to separately beat the eggs. Whisk eggs with other liquids before you pour the liquid mixture in the dry ingredients mixture.
Once the liquid mixture is poured over the dry ingredients' mixture, sprinkle the remaining add-ons before mixing. Improvise the ingredients according to your own choice of taste. Feel free to use golden raisins, slivered apricots, dried cherries, currants, cranberries and more as interchanged ingredients to dried fruits. You can even add chopped pecans, halved walnuts, slivered almonds and hazelnuts for a richer taste. As a cherry on the top, use chocolate chips!
It is time to mix the liquid and dry ingredients together in the bowl to make a batter. A few strokes will be enough to mix the wet and dry ingredients well. It is important to keep control of the thickness of your muffins' mixture. Over-stirring will create tunnel-filled, tough muffins. Mix until the traces of dry pockets or streaks are completely gone. You do not necessarily need to use a mixing machine. If you are comfortable using a spoon, it is great to mix the batter with the spoon.
The ice-cream scoop that comes with a release mechanism is the perfect tool to fill your muffin cups. An ice-cream scoop will efficiently fill cups without creating a mess and will fill each cup with equal content of the batter. In case you don't have the tool, you can use a large spoon to fill the cups equally. Use another spoon to push down the batter after pouring it in the cup.
Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed, the leavening begins. Therefore, make sure the muffins are quickly placed in the pan and are kept inside the oven. This process should be carried out quickly for the best results.
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Monitor the muffins while they are in the oven. When you think the muffins have baked completely, place the pan out of the oven and let it cool for some time. Use a knife to loosen the muffin from the pan. Keep the muffins in a separate pan to cool.
Enjoy the most delicious muffins you have prepared in the expert style!
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