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I already started mixing the wet ingredients and they are clumpy, is there anything I can do to fix this?

I would hate to waste all those ingredients(especially since I doubled the recipe...yikes) Please HELP, thanks :)

I am making blueberry muffin bread, I creamed the butter(1 cup) and sugar(2 cups) and then added 4 eggs, 2 tablespoons of vanilla and 2 cups of milk. No dry ingredients yet.

It is very "lumpy", I did let the ingredients sit out but apparently not long enough. Tried to include picture but it would not download. Thanks again :)

  • What is it you're making? Can you let it come to room temp and try remixing? – Giorgio Nov 11 '16 at 1:22
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    What appears 'lumpy' may have happened when you added the milk, and should resolve when you mix in the dry ingredients. – Giorgio Nov 11 '16 at 2:14
  • Thank you so much! I just wasn't sure the "lumps" would go away if I continued and didn't want to waste anymore ingredients than I thought I already had. I will try this:) – Alphadog3 Nov 11 '16 at 2:18
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There are three points I'd like to suggest.

First, letting the mixture sit and come up to room temperature might help - especially if your recipe called for warmer ingredients. Or you might even look to set it someplace slightly warmer (near any mild heat source like you might need for dough) that might warm and soften your mixture a bit before trying to mix it again.

Second, as Dorothy mentioned, the lumpy texture may subside when mixed with the dry ingredients. One of the things that can work when smoothing lumps is to dry out the mixture enough to make a paste, and slowly loosen to a smooth liquid. It is possible that the dry ingredients will be enough to incorporate and smooth out any lumps in your mixture.

Third, and my favorite possibility - to misquote from a question about eggs - with an immersion blender and a sufficient amount of violence, there is much that is possible. If you have an immersion blender (or, yeah, even if you have a regular one - I just like the immersion ones better) - you can just blend the ingredients together, and count on the blender's mechanical thrashing, and possibly a bit of friction heat, to smooth your wet ingredient mix back down to smooth.

If the liquid in your bowl isn't very deep, an immersion blender might spray the batter around, true - but it actually doesn't take that much. If the blades of the blender are submerged (say, ~1 inch), an immersion blender can run for short bursts, if the whole head is under the batter (~1.5 inches) it can likely be blended for longer times without trying to fling batter around - and the bowl can be tilted for blending at the angle for the right thickness. I find it simpler to use and rinse the immersion blender in the bowl than fussing about transferring the batter to other containers to blend or mix in.

Although while I prefer immersion blenders, you might also try a regular blender, or a mixer, or even a milk frother (depending on amount, power, and viscosity of your mixture) to beat the lumps out of the mix and leave it nice and frothy. You might, if the liquid is thin and the lumps are stiff, slowly start adding some of the dry ingredients to thicken the mixture (the lumps blend better the closer everything is to the same texture), and keep blending everything smooth.

In any case, once the mix has been beaten down into smoothness, you can continue your recipe, folding in the rest of the dry ingredients and continuing from there.

Good luck, I hope it all turns out well! :)

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    I'd like to add that there isn't a huge time crunch before the dry ingredients are mixed with the wet unless you're whipping your egg whites or something like that. Start the clock when you mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Leavening and gluten, in particular, are affected by time. As long as you keep dry ingredients separate from wet ingredients, and of course consider safety, once you have dry and wet ingredients ready to mix together, you can take a break. – Jolenealaska Nov 11 '16 at 7:28
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In this situation, just continue making it.

Butter emulsions are very sensitive, and it can happen that they don't build properly. But the lumps you have there are only butter, not flour. A very discerning eater might notice the difference of lumpy-butter cake after the cake is baked, but we are talking the difference between "great" and "sublime" here. Chances are, the cake will be good enough for you.

If you have a high speed blender, you might try it, as Megha suggested. If you have a standard one, it probably won't work well, so not worth the trouble.

  • Thank you all so much for all your great advice! I followed your suggestions and the blueberry muffin bread turned out great. You guys are the best and I will be using this site again! – Alphadog3 Nov 12 '16 at 10:32

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