When you want something homemade and special, yet simple and versatile, make a batch of muffins. These step-by-step baking tips will help ensure success every time.
Muffins are simple to make, but there are a few techniques that will help ensure every batch of muffins bakes up tender and delicious. Choose a muffin recipe you want to try and follow the steps below.
Grease muffin cups by brushing the bottoms and sides with shortening or softened butter, or spraying them with nonstick cooking spray. Or use paper liners, which don't require greasing.
Stir together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to make a hole or well in the center.
Use a wooden spoon to stir together the wet and dry ingredients just until they are combined. The batter will look lumpy with little bits of flour.
Tip: Overmixing the batter can cause peaks, tunnels, and a tough texture.
Tip: Muffin batter shouldn't be made ahead (unless specified by the recipe). Batters that use baking powder and baking soda need to be baked right away so that their leavening power (what makes baked goods light and tender) isn't lost.
You'll know the muffins are done by the color of the muffin tops -- they should be golden, rounded, and have firm edges. Let the baked muffins cool on a wire rack for a few minutes or until they're cool enough to handle.
Tip: Use a butter knife to lift the muffins from the cups so you can place them on the wire rack to finish cooling.
Tip: To freeze muffins, place the cooled muffins in resealable plastic bags for up to three months. However, streusel topping will not retain its crunchiness when stored in the freezer.