They’re a great snack with a lot of potential for variety in flavor and visual appeal. But before you branch out and explore all the wonderful possibilities, it’s time you learn how to make muffins. The basic method. These are the steps and the ingredients you’ll need to get you started.
The muffin works for many occasions: it works as a yummy breakfast, a snack during work hours, but also as a simple enough to make sweet for when you have company or want to treat your friends. Muffins are also a very good lesson for those aspiring bakers out there, and a necessary first step.
Once you’ve learned the steps on how to make muffins, you can go as crazy and wild as you want and add in the mix nuts, chocolate, nut butters, fresh or dried fruit, or whatever you can imagine.
How to make muffins in 9 steps
1. Preparation – what do you need?
When you make muffins, make sure to have paper muffin liners or cooking spray, 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon of fine salt, 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or melted butter, and 1 large egg. You can add to the mix vanilla extract and mix-ins – choose your favorite ones!
When it comes to equipment, get your hands on some muffin tins, measuring cups, spoons, mixing bowls, a whisk, a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
2. Prepare the pan
Line the muffin pan with paper liners or coat them with some melted butter or vegetable oil.
3. Preheat oven
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F/190 degrees C.
4. Mix the dry ingredients
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
5. Mix the wet ingredients
Add the milk, oil, and egg to a large bowl. Use a whisk to mix them together.
6. Add the wet mix to the dry mix
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones, slowly, and incorporate them, until they are evenly combined. It’s okay if you still have some lumps.
7. Optional: add your mix-ins
This is the moment you can add peanuts, raisins, banana pieces, or chips to the mixture. Make sure they’re evenly distributed.
8. Fill the pan
Add the batter to the muffin pan, lined with cooking spray or paper lines. Make sure the mixture doesn’t overflow, because it will grow a little in the oven.
Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown. There’s a simple test you can do to make sure the muffin is perfectly cooked: insert a toothpick in the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, then your job is done. If not, keep baking for a couple of minutes.
All that’s left to do now is enjoy! And experiment to your heart’s content!