How to Bake Muffins
Muffins are a globally loved food! You’ll be hard pressed to find a large group of people who all hate muffins. There are so many different kinds of muffin that it’s quite difficult to pick a single recipe. Therefore, in this article, we are going to give you the basics of how to bake muffins, but in such a way that you can experiment a little for yourself! Here we go!
Preheat the Oven
The first step to any and all baking recipes is to preheat the oven. For muffins the average temperature you should be aiming to preheat to is 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or 190 degrees Celsius. After this you should butter or oil the baking tray before beginning work on the mixture itself.
Dealing with the Dry Ingredients
It depends on how many muffins you wish to make as to how much of each ingredient you should add. For this recipe we are going to assume you are baking a dozen average sized muffins. If this is the case you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of white flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
If you wish to make more than a dozen muffins, simply double, triple, or even quadruple the amount of each ingredient. Try to keep your measurements as consistent as possible. As we said earlier, these are the basic ingredients. At the end of the mixture creation we will reveal a few ideas on how you can experiment with this baking recipe.
Mixing in the Wet Ingredients
Dry ingredients are always mixed first, mainly because the wet ingredients tend not to mix together as well as the dry ones. Once your wet ingredients are mixed together, you will want to add them straight into your bowl of dry ingredients. Make sure to mix all the wet ingredients separate from the dry ones first! Assuming again that you are making a dozen muffins, here are the wet ingredient measurements:
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup melted butter
Once you have mixed these three ingredients together, pour them into the dry ingredient bowl and mix thoroughly. By the time you are done mixing, there should be no dry flour left! No one enjoys a muffin with raw flour sitting in it! You would then bake these for about 20-25 minutes after placing them in muffin trays.
Now, if you find the above recipe boring, here are a few ideas of things you can do to spice it up! If you’re a savoury person, try adding some bacon bits! If you’re going to use bacon, I would suggest precooking it with a small amount of oil, then cutting it into nibble size pieces. Once done, you should add them to your dry ingredients before mixing in the wet ingredients. On the other hand, if you’re more of a sweet-tooth, M&Ms may be your thing! These are much simpler to add as you can just throw them in after your mixture is already done! You may find that the mixture is a little crumbly after doing this, so try adding an extra 1/8 cup of melted butter beforehand! Other than that, give some other ingredients a try. Muffins are one of the best baking foods to experiment with!