I have been baking muffins for couple of months. Throughout this trial and error period, I learnt 2 important tips in making muffins which I like to share with you in this post. For those who are first timer at making muffins or those whose muffins are still turning out to be less than (or like mine initially, far from) perfect, the following tips will definitely come in handy in your next attempt.
A) MAKE-UP OR MIXING METHODS FOR MUFFINS
There are 2 methods in making muffins – THE MUFFIN METHOD and THE CREAMING METHOD. There is no wrong or right answer in choosing either method. It depends on how much time you have, and what kind of texture you prefer for your muffins.
Here’s how the two methods differ:
THE MUFFIN METHOD:
THE CREAMING METHOD:
(Source:Make-up or mixing methods for muffins by The Prepared Pantry)
B) HOW TO MAKE HIGH-DOMED MUFFINS
If you want to make your muffin’s top peaks, here are some simple guidelines to follow:
(Source: Ask The Foodie column by Chris Tan (The Sunday Times) and “The Secrets of the Dome” by The Prepared Pantry)
The muffin method is highly recommended if you want to teach your kids (including your husband) to learn how to bake. But today I am sharing a blueberry muffin recipe using the creaming method instead in this post. Why? The reason is simple. This recipe which adapted from my cookbook calls for smaller amount of ingredients (of course, you can double it if you want to bake more) and also comes with step-by-step illustrations.
This recipe was tried and tested by me for many times. So far, they had never disappointed me.I love the soft and moist texture of the muffins produced by this method, just like a mini butter cake but a lighter version. These muffins taste really delicious and not too sweet for my taste buds. Now they are a great hit in my family!
I made a mistake of mixing the blueberries into the batter and covered the top of the muffin mould with a little bit of batter to hide the blueberries as I thought it would yield a nicer looking muffins. But the cooked muffins proved me wrong. By right, I should follow the tip mentioned in note (1). Now I regret so much looking at my muffins as the blueberries were all hidden in the muffins. Well, I will try to improve the outlook of my muffins in my next attempt.
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