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What is the Muffin Method? (1 Viewer)

The muffin method is often used to make quick breads, some cakes and obviously, as the name suggests, muffins too!

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How do I use the Muffin Method?

The Muffin Method is when you do the following process before baking:

Method
  1. Mix all your wet ingredients together, including any melted butter, eggs, oil etc., into a bowl.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients, i.e. sugar, salt, baking powder/soda (sifted), flour (sifted) etc., together in another bowl.
  3. Then make a 'well' in the middle of the dry ingredients bowl, and pour the wet ingredients into it.
  4. Very lightly fold them together using a spatula until the batter is moistened all over, it will still be lumpy, and it's supposed to be.
  5. Then bake immediately.
If you lightly mix the wet with the dry, this can give you a coarse crumb and slightly denser tender cake.

Helpful Notes when using the Muffin Method:
  • Ensure you have thoroughly mixed your wet and dry ingredients in their individual bowls first; that way, everything should have been evenly distributed before you mix the two together.
  • Less mixing when adding the wet to the dry gives you better results!
  • If you try and combine the ingredients and over mix it, the overall bake will become tough because you've increased the gluten production when stirring, which is what we are trying to prevent.
Another thing to try is having the oven set at a higher temperature before baking; this gives the muffin the chance to rise rapidly as soon as it hits the oven. Because of the increased temperature, it reacts with the leavening agent quicker thus giving you a bigger rise. You can then reduce the oven to the temperature specified on the recipe.
 
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