Everybody loves them, children and adults alike. And what is the reason for that? One reason is that they are a great little cakes in a very convenient size fitting into the palm of an adult hand and can literally be eaten 'on the go' with your hands of course.
Muffin or Cupcake? Muffins are usually bigger and not as sweet as cupcakes and they are also made and served without frosting. But the fact that a muffin can be made in so many different flavours makes it one of the most favourable cakes which do not take long to make. Small, tasty and quick to make – a winner in every way.
Sweet muffins are often eaten for breakfast but are equally enjoyed for afternoon tea, at a party or a a picknick. But also savoury versions are getting more and more popular and are served as part of a buffet or can simply be enjoyed as an ideal snack in-between meals, both at work and at home.
There are two types of muffins: in Commonwealth countries there is the original English version, the 'English Muffin' where the batter is more dough like, made from yeast. The muffin is usually baked as a disk typically about 8 cm in diameter. It is then split into two, toasted and buttered, and is really what the English call a crumpet.
The Northern American version of a muffin is made with a thick batter mixture rather than a dough and raised with baking powder or baking soda. It is symmetrical with a domed top. The batter should have almost doubled during baking. Less sugar and butter makes a bread-like muffin. A higher sugar and butter content makes a cake-like muffin.
There are many different varieties and flavours ranging from the classic Blueberry Muffin to a muffin containing chocolate chips, raspberry, cinnamon, pumpkin, nuts, lemon, banana, orange, peach, strawberry, almond, carrot and cucumber.
Nobody can deny that the best muffins are the one that is prepared in the kitchen at home. And the best is that you get to eat them fresh and warm. Below we have listed a few hints and tips so that nothing can ever go wrong when you want to bake muffins.
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