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Old 04-17-2020, 06:39 AM   #16
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How do you get them out oof the pan with the top intact?

If my muffins ever spill.over on to the flat of the muffin tin they are doomed to be broken and misshapen because I can't get them out.

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IDK, they just come out.

I use paper muffin cups rather than oil or spray.
I DO wait until they are cool, I mean they are still warm but wait at least 20 minutes before I attempt.
They tend to grow together - so I do use a knife (butter) to slice between muffins so they are all separate before I remove them.
I remove them before I glaze them.
I put the knife under the muffin top first.
Then they just pop right out with a knife (butter). I do go slowly.

The only time I had a top rip off is if I get impatient and try to remove them too soon. 15 minutes is too soon for sure.

There are lots of mentions in the instructions of fold not mix, do not overmix etc. Maybe it all binds together if you don't mix them too much? I have no idea . . . I just follow the directions and it works out. I am not a natural baker I never baked before becoming a mother. Growing up we did store bought cakes (from the sara lee . . . whats it called. . . discount place?) or from a box and cookies from a tube. I DO enjoy baking though. I am hoping now that I am back in the routine (did it A LOT more when the kids were younger) - I keep it up for snack foods for the ravenous monsters my precious teenagers.
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Old 04-17-2020, 06:47 AM   #17
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That's huge! Looks good, too.

I had a couple of thoughts about the whole wheat flour. Whole wheat takes longer to absorb moisture, so if you wanted to try increasing the percentage, you could let the batter sit for 20 minutes before portioning and baking. Add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and see if that increases the rise.
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That's huge! Looks good, too.

I had a couple of thoughts about the whole wheat flour. Whole wheat takes longer to absorb moisture, so if you wanted to try increasing the percentage, you could let the batter sit for 20 minutes before portioning and baking. Add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and see if that increases the rise.
I will try that with the next round (ds ate 2 with his berries, banana, 2 egg omelet again today) so I am sure it won't be long before we need more AND he grows another inch.

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IDK, they just come out.

I use paper muffin cups rather than oil or spray.
I DO wait until they are cool, I mean they are still warm but wait at least 20 minutes before I attempt.
They tend to grow together - so I do use a knife (butter) to slice between muffins so they are all separate before I remove them.
I remove them before I glaze them.
I put the knife under the muffin top first.
Then they just pop right out with a knife (butter). I do go slowly.

The only time I had a top rip off is if I get impatient and try to remove them too soon. 15 minutes is too soon for sure.

There are lots of mentions in the instructions of fold not mix, do not overmix etc. Maybe it all binds together if you don't mix them too much? I have no idea . . . I just follow the directions and it works out. I am not a natural baker I never baked before becoming a mother. Growing up we did store bought cakes (from the sara lee . . . whats it called. . . discount place?) or from a box and cookies from a tube. I DO enjoy baking though. I am hoping now that I am back in the routine (did it A LOT more when the kids were younger) - I keep it up for snack foods for the ravenous monsters my precious teenagers.
When water and wheat combine, gluten is formed. Mixing increases the gluten activation. That's good in yeast breads, but in muffins and quick breads, you want a soft texture; if you overmix a dough it produces tough muffins.
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When water and wheat combine, gluten is formed. Mixing increases the gluten activation. That's good in yeast breads, but in muffins and quick breads, you want a soft texture; if you overmix a dough it produces tough muffins.
Of course. . . I totally know that . . because I watch the Great British Baking Show. . . lol! I just forgot.
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Of course. . . I totally know that . . because I watch the Great British Baking Show. . . lol! I just forgot.
If you choose to let the dough hydrate is when you might windy to think about subing parking powder from baking soda. Baking soda starts releasing gas when in contact with water where as baking powder also starts releasing gas again when it is activated by the heat.

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Default Re: Substituting whole wheat in muffins?

Try this for sky high muffins--
Start at 425°F for five minutes. Then drop the temperature to the stated baking temp. You'll have to check to determine the final cooking time as it will be less but the initial blast of heat should make them rise really high, even with some added WW. You can find more on this at Sally's Baking Addiction.

Another option is to order whole wheat pastry flour.
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I will try one o rmore of these tricks to see if I can keep the whole wheat and keep the RISE.

This upcoming week: Pineapple Coconut and Almond Cranberry . . .and now I am almost out of Cranberries so have to buy more of that but need them for the cookies in the other thread.

And I have Almonds left over from an Asian Salad I made this week. And coconut still left from one of the Christmas cookies I make.

We already buy 1-2 pineapples a week for the RAvenous monsters dc.
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