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What's the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?

I was debating with someone today whether what we were eating was a cupcake or a muffin, but realized we didn't really know the difference. So what's the difference between a cupcake and a muffin in ...
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How can I avoid windswept muffins in a convection oven?

I have a very small multi-function oven (about the size of a microwave) and for baking, the recommended setting is the "convection" one. Things bake fine in terms of taste, but muffins and cupcakes ...
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Mashing bananas for Muffins: By hand or with blender?

I am planning to bake some Banana Muffins. The recipe calls for mashed bananas. From my experience I know this can be tricky, because when mashing them by hand, of course they aren't as finely mashed ...
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What to do with crumbled muffins?

I made some muffins that apparently didn't have enough liquid to stick together (perhaps substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream was not such a good idea, as that, butter, and an egg contributed the ...
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Mixing liquid ingredients to “just combine” to dry ingredients for muffins

When baking muffins and adding the liquid ingredients to the "well" in the dry ingredients, the recipe says "to just combine". Does this mean not to add the whole liquid mixture, only enough to wet ...
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Why don't my muffins rise and develop tops properly?

I would like to make muffins that have that "spilled over" look that shop bought muffins have, but no matter what I do, the ones I make always look flat or only just reach the top of the paper cases. ...
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Why do my muffin tops lean?

I'm getting close to (my idea of) muffin heaven with this recipe which after trying a few others I've found to work consistently and well. One small thing I don't understand is why my muffin tops, ...
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What's the best material for a durable muffin pan

I make two or three dozen muffins a day for various customers. I don't like to use disposable cups, so I grease the pan each time. No matter what I do, after a certain time, my muffin pans end up ...
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Why do I need over ripe bananas for banana muffins?

Okay, I won't use prefer to use raw bananas for sure. But, I wish to understand why are over ripe bananas required for the muffins. Why won't ripe (yellow) bananas do? From: ...
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Raspberries too wet in muffin

I made white chocolate raspberry muffins the other day after being inspired by these muffins at a cafe near work. They were absolutely delicious (warmed up in a microwave for 5 seconds), however, the ...
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Can I freeze muffin mixture?

I am making these muffins but would like to freeze half the mixture - will this be ok or will it affect how they cook/rise/taste when I cook my second batch (from the frozen mixture)? (Recipe ...
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Smallest muffin size without losing the muffin top?

This is a question about the physics of muffins. With a standard size muffin tray, when filled with batter, the heat and expansion causes the dough to spill over the edge and form the classic muffin ...
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How can I convert a muffin recipe to make crumpets?

If I have a recipe that I like for muffins (in the original English sense of the word, i.e. a fat disc of bread that's made from cooking a yeasted batter on a griddle in crumpet rings), what do I have ...
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How can I turn my muffin batter into the natural blue color from blueberries?

I'm trying to make blueberry muffins, and I will be folding the blueberries into the batter as well. How can I turn the batter slightly blue without adding excess blueberries? The recipe i'm using ...
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How to Convert Blueberry Muffin Recipe to Vanilla Muffin Recipe

I tried this recipe with good results. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/blueberry-coffee-cake-muffins-recipe/index.html So I decided to make plain vanilla muffins using the same recipe ...
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My banana Muffins won't rise like I want - Why?

So I just tried this recipe for banana muffins. They taste great (even directly after baking) and the texture is really nice and soft - like a muffin is supposed to be. The problem: They don't rise ...
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How to convert a muffin/cupcake recipe to a large muffin recipe

I'm looking at the side of my "breakfast - O - meal" box at a recipe for 12 muffins. The kind you would use with a standard muffin tin. What kind of variation should can I use to make the recipe work ...
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How do I substitute skim milk for dry milk in a muffin recipe?

My muffin recipe calls for 1 1/3 cups of nonfat dry milk. Other than the 4 eggs, there is no other liquid. How much skim milk would I substitute for the dry milk?
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Do flax seeds lose any of their nutritional benefits if cooked?

I found a recipe on the internet in which half a cup of ground flax seeds are added to the mixture to make muffins. Since there is flour and sugar in it I was wondering if that defeats the purpose of ...
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For a baking beginner, what cake icing you recommend?

I am a beginner in cooking/baking. I have tried a couple of cake and muffin recipes, the simple ones turn into a hard crust after a while. There are good ones that need temperature measurements and ...
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Muffin sticks to paper cases

Today I tried to cook my favourite Raspberry and White Chocolate muffins using a recipe I found on BBC Good Food. However after cooking them for the set amount of time and removing them from the ...
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The muffins were rock hard, what did I do wrong?

Here is the recipe I used, I did not mix it for long, as that make the muffins very hard. The muffins were very hard, and had a bad after taste and smell. I missed adding some oil, but what else ...
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What caused my blueberry muffins to come out flat?

I made blueberry muffins two times. The first time I used unbleached flour. I don't remember if I used salted or unsalted butter then. They came out looking like from a bakery. The second time, I ...
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Why would using oil make muffins less sweet?

I've been wondering, what makes muffins less sweet when using oil? (instead of butter?) In this case, a muffin mix tells me to use butter. The alternative (to make "american style" muffins) is to use ...
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What other vegetables can be used in cake/muffin baking?

Vegetables have been commonly used in baking cakes and muffins. A common one is carrots to make one of my fave - carrot cake. Recently I also found out about adding zucchinis (or courgettes) to ...
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Avocado substitute in blueberry muffin recipe

I have a vegan blueberry muffin recipe. I'm not vegan, but like anything as long as it tastes good. The recipe calls for an avocado to be used as the fat. I don't like avocado. Is there something ...
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Is it okay to use a microwave in convection mode without the turntable?

I just bought a muffin tin which is too large and certainly won't rotate on the turntable. My microwave doesn't have a "stop turntable" button. So is it okay if I remove it altogether and use just an ...
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Will old corn meal ruin muffins?

I have found a recipe for muffins that I'd like to make, and it calls for corn meal. I found some in the pantry, but I don't know when it was purchased. It doesn't smell like much, just kinda like ...
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Is it a myth or a fact that mixing cake/muffin batter too finely can lead to a hard finally baked cake/muffin? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Over-stirring muffin mixtures From here: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/bakingdesserts/r/plainmuffins.htm The key to making great muffins is not overmixing the ...
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Can I cook 2 very different things at same time in the oven?

I want to bake Chicken and Chocolate Chip Muffins in an overlapping time period, at the same temperature, in separate pans, of course. I think it saves time, oven energy, and just is more convenient ...
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How important are eggs for a muffin recipe?

I have not actually read Michael Ruhlman's Ratio. I know that he describes a basic muffin as 2:2:1:1 of flour, liquid, egg and fat. Prior to discovering Ratio, I only ever thought of a muffin in ...
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What are the benefits of whisking when making muffins?

What are the benefits of whisking when making muffins?
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How can I make Pacman muffins?

I'm a huge Pacman fan and therefore I would like to create some Pacman muffins next week. I was searching for a receipt in the Internet, but couldn't really found one. I could find quite a few ...
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Why were my banana muffins hard?

The top of my muffin came out a little hard, and the whole muffin wasn't soft enough. My recipe had 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 cup sugar 1 cup ...