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Muffins muffins muffins

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • mumoftwomumoftwo Forumite
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    CCStar wrote: »
    I do mine in the breadmaker, then cut into squares once cooked

    Is that on the cake setting? That sounds like a great idea... Please let us know how you do it!!
  • thriftlady_2thriftlady_2 Forumite
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    nic82 wrote: »
    Sorry, I think this is probably a stupid question, but is a muffin tin different to a normal bun tin?

    I guess perhaps a muffin tins "sections" are deeper? If so, maybe I could just make smaller versions, as all I have is one bun tin :confused:


    You do really need a muffin tin, which as you say are much deeper than bun tins. Muffins need a lot of room ;) If you have paper muffin cases you might get away with using a bun tin as the case will help support the muffin.

    I sometimes make a muffin cake in a tray bake tin and cut into squares, but you need to give it a bit longer in the oven.

    I know people love their bread makers:) but really, what is the advantage of mixing muffins in a breadmaker ? One of the keys to successful muffins is not overmixing the ingredients or they won't rise properly. Surely a BM beats the hell out of them :confused: I'd find a mixing bowl quicker to wash up than the pan from a BM too.
  • vfairbrassvfairbrass Forumite
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    Thriftlady wrote: »
    You do really need a muffin tin, which as you say are much deeper than bun tins. Muffins need a lot of room ;) If you have paper muffin cases you might get away with using a bun tin as the case will help support the muffin.

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    I've probably posted this before but I avoided buying a muffin tin by making my own moulds from strips of card (cereal boxes) and tin foil. Strip of card 1.5 inch by 9 inch, bend into a circle and staple, cover with tin foil. I made 18 of these to start with and they have lasted for ages. Just put however many I want onto a baking tray, pop the muffin case (I used Supercook muffin cases from Sainsburys) inside and fill with mixture. Works a treat.
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    mel123 glad you liked them i am going to try your idea!

    Thanks vfairbrass that sounds a good idea i might try it as i only have one 6 muffin tin and with 6 of us that dosent go far!!
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  • Tartan_MumTartan_Mum Forumite
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    I'm sure this is a v silly question but here goes....

    I really want to try making these muffins. I have the muffin tin to go in the oven but don't have paper muffin cases. I assume I need both or do you put the mixture straight into the tin?

    I told you it was a silly question...
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  • Thriftlady wrote: »
    You do really need a muffin tin, which as you say are much deeper than bun tins. Muffins need a lot of room ;) If you have paper muffin cases you might get away with using a bun tin as the case will help support the muffin.

    I sometimes make a muffin cake in a tray bake tin and cut into squares, but you need to give it a bit longer in the oven.

    I know people love their bread makers:) but really, what is the advantage of mixing muffins in a breadmaker ? One of the keys to successful muffins is not overmixing the ingredients or they won't rise properly. Surely a BM beats the hell out of them :confused: I'd find a mixing bowl quicker to wash up than the pan from a BM too.

    In my case the advantage would be not having to use my lousy electric oven, which takes forever to heat up and costs a fortune to run!

    I've actually been wondering if these muffins could be made in the microwave?
  • bigpaws23bigpaws23 Forumite
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    Tartan_Mum wrote: »
    I'm sure this is a v silly question but here goes....

    I really want to try making these muffins. I have the muffin tin to go in the oven but don't have paper muffin cases. I assume I need both or do you put the mixture straight into the tin?

    I told you it was a silly question...

    not a silly question at all. you don't need the cases if you grease the tins or have non stick ones :)
    Better for the environment and saves you money ;)

    Enjoy!
    Bigpaws x
  • thriftlady_2thriftlady_2 Forumite
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    bigpaws23 wrote: »
    not a silly question at all. you don't need the cases if you grease the tins or have non stick ones :)
    Better for the environment and saves you money ;)

    Enjoy!
    Bigpaws x
    Also, if you don't use cases (I brush the cups with oil) you don't lose half your muffin when it sticks to the paper case ;)
  • JAMIEDODGERJAMIEDODGER Forumite
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    hi all,

    I really like the idea of making muffins to have for brekkie:)

    I have looked on the recipe index but am a bit confused, some have baking powder and plain flour, didnt know if i could use SR flour instead? And it seems that lots have different ingredients depending on the overall 'flavour' or the muffin.

    Has anyone a tried and tested failproof basic recipe that i can just change the main ingredient ie: banana, blueberry, raspberry etc?

    thanks:D
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    The one I use all the time and never fail with is.....


    300gm s/r flour
    150gms sugar (preferably soft brown or caster)
    1 medium egg
    175mls milk (supposed to be buttermilk - I use semi skimmed)
    125 mls veg oil

    That's the basic mix - to which I normall add around 200 gms of fruit.

    Sieve the flour, add the sugar and fruit. Mix egg, milk and oil and add to flour/fruit/sugar, stir but don't get rid of too many lumps.

    Bake 190/gas 5 for about 20-25 mins - cool on rack or they'll go soggy.

    These freeze really well too.

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