The best bit of a muffin is the crown - a big mushroomy type top which overhangs the stump. All too often the stump part can be a bit boring ... but I'll forgive this for a good crown.
So - HOW DO THEY DO IT ?
I wanted to be able to make those cafe style muffins like you get in Starbucks and Costas but simply could not achieve it at home. Earlier this year, I finally had a lightbulb moment.
The secret is in the tin !
A bit more digging clarified just that. The big commercial bakeries use a tin with a rebated head. You pop in a paper muffin cake case / liner and fill it to just over the top with the batter. As the mix rises, it flows into the rebated head section of the tin and then rises some more to create the dome.
These are large, 6 cell silicone moulds. They take American Jumbo Muffin paper liners which have a BASE diameter of 60mm - a good bit bigger than the standard 50mm base size muffin cases generally available in stores and online. The rebated head produces a massive muffin with 95mm head diameter.
These moulds hold double the capacity of mix compared to a normal sized muffin mould / tray. Therefore, a mix that normally does 10 > 12 muffins will do 5 > 6 of these ones !
Read all about them on our blog here with instructions for use
Approx measurements overall : 350mm / 14" long x 235mm / 9.1/2" wide
Each hole approx 60mm / 2" wide across the base and 90mm wide across the top
Flexible - fold it or roll it !
Wipe clean - or wash in dishwasher or soapy water.
Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven and Freezer Safe
Does not absorb smells or taste !
Heat temperature tested from +250degC to -40degC
FDA and CE approved
With new moulds and making cakes it's best to lightly oil or grease the inside for the first few uses and use a light dusting of flour.
We like to use Lurpak butter on kitchen roll or cooking oil spray. Always allow cakes to totally cool before carefully turning out.Mini muffins are a favourite for children's lunch boxes. Muffins are always best eaten the day they are made, but they freeze very very well and can be popped into lunchboxes cooked but frozen to be thawed well before lunchtime.