I have a great tip today for making muffins. I bake a lot of muffins at my house - about once a week and this tip always works! Are you ready? --
When baking muffins, preheat your oven to 375°, then when you put the muffins in the oven, raise the temperature to 400° for the baking time.
Here's the reason for this: when you preheat your oven, it will get a little bit hotter than the temperature you set it for, but then it will drop down below that temperature before the oven kicks in again. When you bake muffins you want the heat to really kick into with baking powder quickly so they will rise properly. By resetting the oven to 400° when you put them into the oven you get more rise.
I must give credit where credit is due, so, many thanks to Alton Brown's muffin episode for this tip. I bake a batch of muffins about once every two weeks, so I use this tip often. (I confess, watching Food Network is one of the things I miss not having cable. I learned a lot from Alton.)
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This tip was originally posted on May26,2009.