Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dome-top Muffins

Muffins......especially the kind with a high round dome top. Ever wondered how the dome is achieved? Well, the combination of yoghurt and baking soda causes the batter to rise dramatically and to stay risen after baking. And the batter must be baked with high heat (190 degrees Celsius, 375 degrees F). For those of you who do not have the practice of buying plain yoghurt (I don't, I buy the fruit flavoured ones), milk and lemon juice is a good replacement for it.

This is a very versatile muffin. I mean, you can add any dried fruit, canned fruit, nuts, chocolate, grated fruit zest, etc to it and it will taste good. So go ahead and let your creativity rein!

makes 12
  • 180ml Milk (3/4 cup)
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 370g Plain flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 140g Unsalted butter, softened
  • 190g Caster Sugar
  • 2   Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 200g Chocolate Chips or dried cranberries, or 3 tsp grated orange zest (from 3 oranges)
  • Mix milk and lemon juice. Cover for 40mins till curdled.
  • Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  • Beat butter at medium speed for ½ min. Add sugar and beat 3 min. Add eggs and vanilla essence and beat ½ min.
  • Add half of flour mixture and beat on slow speed for 5 seconds. Add half of milk mixture and beat 5 seconds. Repeat above steps.
  • Add flavouring ingredients eg. Chocolate chips or dried cranberries or orange zest  (3 level tsp – about 3 oranges). Mix gently.
  • Scoop mixture into lined muffin tray. Bake 20 minutes or till tops are golden brown.

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