Baking muffins – practical tips
A detailed description of muffins baking guide
Secret tricks, tips, most common mistakes, best kitchen tools and baking forms.
In this muffins baking guide, you will find all the information how to bake perfect and melting in mouth muffins.
Though baking muffins is easier than to bake a cake, a lot of us face with many challenges and because of that later we are afraid to try again. I have gathered the best information, so I can share with you and inspire for new inventions in the kitchen.
6 rules, that you need to keep on
1. Follow the recipe.
It is very important to follow the recipe, especially if you are cooking for the first time. The recipe makers spend a lot of time trying and searching for the best taste, so they instantly check out a lot of variations. If you know the recipe, try to change one ingredient or action – this way it will be easier to track the process and understand what mistakes you are making.
2. Use only fresh ingredients.
If you that you won‘t feel the big difference between real chocolate and the product of chocolate or between vanilla sugar and natural vanilla extract, you are making a big mistake. Every ingredient has a big impact to taste. Choose only highest quality and fresh products.
3. Keep ingredients in room temperature.
All ingredients better and faster merge together if they are the same temperature. Of course, it takes a lot of planning: it is important to in advance (15 – 20 minutes) take out ingredients from the fridge. This tip perfectly pays off when you are reaching for the best possible result.
4. Don‘t mix the dough for too long.
The main characteristic that you need to learn from the best chefs is the tenderness. If you want to make soft and wet muffins, you need to left some air bubbles in the dough, who will extend later in the oven. If you will mix ingredients for too long and too hard, later you will be dissapointed by hard as rock muffins. Choose slow speed of mixer and stop as soon as all ingredients are added.
5. Pay attention to the temperature.
The temperature needed and backing time depends on the oven and chosen recipe. Optimal temperature is 160 – 200 degrees Celsius. A lot of ovens are unpredictable or unevenly distributes heat, though temperature for perfect baked goods is particularly important. The best decision, if you don’t want to make a mistake, is to don‘t put muffins to the overheated oven or not enough heated oven – check the temperature with oven‘s thermometer.
6. Bake muffins in the central area of the oven.
For baked goods, it is important that heat distributes evenly. Put muffins in the central area of the oven, this way you will avoid too much heat in one area. If your oven bakes unevenly, counterchange muffins. It is advised to not do that until 2/3 baking time is over.
Most common mistakes
Sometimes it seems that we make everything right: choose perfect ingredients, best baking form, counting time – but everything doesn‘t come out as we expected. Here are some mistakes that are commonly made in baking muffins.
1. Muffins are left in baking forms.
Consequence: over baked and hard muffins.
It‘s the most common mistake, for which muffins loose they softness and humidity. The metal baking form is hot, so it is important to take out muffins from it and put on the basis that is at room temperature, so they won‘t over bake. It is better to use silicone baking forms because they cool off really fast, so we don‘t need to worry and we can leave muffins in those baking forms even when serving on the table.
2. Baking muffins for too long.
Consequence: hard and dry muffins.
For standard size muffins to bake needs about 18 – 20 minutes, for bigger 24 – 26 minutes. Often baked goods are baked for too long, that‘s why they are hard and dry. The best way to check if muffins are baked – put a toothpick in the middle of the muffin and put it out. If it‘s clean – the muffins are baked.
3. In the forms, you put too much or too little dough.
Consequence: not enough or too much risen, without form muffins.
Muffins don’t rise, runs out, looses form. If you want to avoid that, put in the forms not more than 2/3 of dough. Baking for a few times with the same form you will find an optimal option. It is very handy to put dough with ice cream spoon because you will always take the same amount of dough.
4. Muffins are served not cooled enough.
Consequence: too crumbly and not stiffed muffins.
This mistake is common between most impatient bakers, they serve muffins as soon as they are taken out from the oven. It is important to wait at least 40 minutes to let muffins cool off and stiff. Remember that if the top of muffins looks cool, inside is still hot, so wait a bit till u can enjoy the result.
5. Muffins are decorated too early.
Consequence: Form and crispness lost and humidity loaded decorations.
Because of deficiency of time all beauty is ruined – muffins are decorated while they are still warm or too early. If muffins aren‘t cooled off but decorated with creme, it loses it‘s elasticity because of heat and runs off. As well as muffins, decorated with biscuits or other decorations are left for more than few hours till serving, so decorations soak in the humidity and lose crispness. Decorate muffins few minutes before serving.