Mixing Perfect Muffins

Review these mixing techniques to help produce even-textured muffins with gently rounded tops. First, combine the dry ingredients. Use a wire whisk or fork to evenly distribute the leavening and salt as well as aerate the flour. Next, beat the eggs and thoroughly combine with the liquid ingredients. Finally, make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the egg mixture into the well all at once. Stir the ingredients just until moistened; do not mix until batter is smooth. Overmixing can cause muffins to “peak” or form pointy tops. Generally, the dry ingredients should be combined first…then the liquids stirred in just until moistened. It’s normal for a few lumps to remain in the batter.