So I have spent a lot of time being disappointed by the way my blueberry muffins look. It seemed no matter what I did, they were always not super brown on top, and flat. Flat, flat, flat.
I did some Googling and found some ideas about how to make muffins that look like they came from a bakery with high, domed crunchy tops. Here are my tips, and a great recipe for blueberry muffins.
Add more baking powder
Muffin batter is a little thicker than other types, and it needs a little extra oomph to rise. The recipe I used to make these ended up with 4 t of baking powder in it. I couldn’t taste it and they popped up nicely.
Grease the top of the muffin pan
Add a little slippery stuff to the top side of your muffin tin, not just the cups. As your muffins rise, they’ll spread around the openings of the muffin tin and adding some grease will make them easier to slip out when they’re done. If you forget, just use a butter knife and slowly and carefully release the edges of your muffins as soon as they come out of the oven.
Fill the cups to the top
Most recipes tell you to fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. You’ll get a little dome, but nothing that looks like it came from the bakery. Don’t be afraid to fill those cups all the way up with batter.
Cheat a little
Reserve a few blueberries per muffin to drop into the top. That way you can be fairly certain you’ll still have some visible after they bake.
Turn up the heat
For the first five minutes of baking, crank up the temperature to 425 degrees. Yes I know it sounds crazy but you’ll give your muffins a head start on rising, and they’ll brown better. Then just turn down the temp to your recipe’s temperature for the remainder of the baking time.
Make them sparkle
Add a little crunch and shine to your muffins by using sanding sugar on top. Just sprinkle in about 1/2 to a teaspoon per muffin – the larger grains of sugar will remain on top and will be crunchy and sparkly when your muffins come out of the oven piping hot and looking picture perfect.
Give these tips a try and make Best of the Best Blueberry Muffins from AllRecipes.com