I have been looking for the perfect muffin batter. Something, that creates a soft, fluffy muffin and takes in any kind of flavouring without a drastic change in quality. And now ladies and gentlemen, I can say that I have found it. The recipe I found makes the most beautifully soft and moist muffins I have ever seen. I will link the site where I found this recipe at the end of this post but it's in Finnish.
The magical base:
150 g of margarine (or butter if you prefer, I don’t)
1 ½ dl of regular sugar
3 ½ dl of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
A splash of milk
Makes about 12 or so depending on the size you prefer.
Cream together the margarine and the sugar. Add in the eggs one at a time making sure the first one is well combined before the second one goes in. Mix well and add in your dry ingredients. Don’t over mix only enough to have a silky smooth batter. Sifting the dry ingredients helps a lot. Mix in the milk.
Now the original recipe does call for 1 ½ dl of milk or cream, but I found (by accident) that if you have any kind of liquid as flavouring - like in the following case orange juice – you don’t really need the milk at all and even if it were a solid flavouring like chocolate chips a splash has done the job for me.
And so after finding this wonderful base I decided to finally try a flavour combo that I saw in a video once. White chocolate and orange. And it came out delicious. Here’s how you make it.
Add the zest and juice of one orange to the base along with 150 to 200 grams of chopped up white chocolate. Divide evenly to your muffin liners or a muffin pan and bake at 225°C (or 200°C if you have one of them fancy convection ovens) for about 12 minutes. You can check if they are done by inserting a toothpick in one and if it comes out clean it’s done, make sure not to overcook them.
That's what the finished product looked. I added some more of that orangey chocolate goodness on top. Just melt some chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler and mix in some orange zest. Then just drizzle over your cupcakes and they go all pretty.
|Up close and personal|
Thank you, www.kinuskikissa.fi