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Get Taller Muffins By Blasting Them With Heat When You Start Baking

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Have you ever found yourself yearning for muffins that not only taste delicious but also boast impressive height? Today, we unveil a baking hack that might just transform your muffin game. Introducing the technique of giving your muffins an extra blast of heat when you start baking.

A flat appearance is just one example of what happens when you undermix muffin batter although even perfectly mixed batter might not create skyscraping muffins. One way to reach new heights is instead of following the conventional baking routine, you decide to turn up the heat in your oven right at the beginning of the bake. This seemingly unorthodox approach has the potential to revolutionize your baking experience.

The magic lies in the critical moments when your muffins first hit the heat. By subjecting them to a burst of higher temperature during the initial stages of baking, you're essentially jumpstarting the leavening agents such as baking powder or baking soda. This prompt reaction sets off a chain of events that contributes to a swift and robust rise, resulting in muffins that are not only taller but also boast a delightfully light and airy texture.

So, the next time you're in the kitchen, consider breaking away from tradition and experimenting with this unconventional method. You might just find that a brief but intense heat treatment at the beginning of the baking process is the secret ingredient to achieving muffin perfection.

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How To Get The Perfect Rise From Your Muffins

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Now that you've discovered the secret to achieving towering muffins, let's delve into how this technique can elevate your baking experience. Instead of baking for 18 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, as many recipes call for, try five minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit followed by 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beyond the impressive height, adjusting the baking temperature at the onset has a profound impact on the texture of your muffins.

Using this method, the initial burst of heat contributes to the development of a delightful solid golden-brown dome. This adds a layer of complexity to your muffins. This contrast between the crisp outer layer and the fluffy interior creates a balance that distinguishes your muffins as a culinary delight.

The beauty of this method lies in its versatility. Whether you've chosen a blueberry muffin recipe, decadent chocolate muffins, or savory cornbread muffins, experimenting with different recipes allows you to tailor the technique to suit the unique characteristics of each type. Just remember, for this hack to work, it has to be a thick and sturdy batter. This trick may not work with muffin recipes that call for a thinner batter. Another tip for well-risen muffins is to leave a space between them. So, for six muffins, you would need a 12-hole muffin tin.

Go ahead and elevate your baking game with this innovative approach. Your taste buds — and your guests — will thank you for the extra effort!

Read the original article on Mashed.