Chocolate Chip Muffin

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. mini or regular-sized chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 c. vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 t. vanilla

my dense Chocolate Chip Muffin


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

2. In a second bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and whisk until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until everything is moistened and combined. Be careful not to over-stir.

3. Pour into greased or lined muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes for a mini-muffin tin and 15-18 minutes for a regular-sized muffin tin, until fully cooked. (Use the toothpick test, if needed.)

Source: stolenmomentscooking.com

I don’t blame the recipe because stolenmomentscooking loved it and raved about it and I believe her. But this didn’t turn out well for me. I know it taste good but the texture was not up to my liking I can’t explain it, it wasn’t as hard as a rock but felt heavy in a way. I wanted to share with you not only my triumphs but also my failures so you learn a little something from my experiences.

I searched online and according to ehow.com these could be some of the reasons why this happens:


         Over-Stirring

  • Over-stirring the batter is a common cause for dry, hard muffins. You should mix the batter until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not worry about getting the lumps out. Fifteen to 20 stirring strokes with a wooden spoon should be plenty. Never use an electric mixer.

     

    Not Enough Baking Powder

  • If a recipe does not include enough baking powder, your muffins will have a poor texture. Baking powder reacts with other chemicals in the batter, causing air bubbles to form during the baking process. Without these bubbles, your muffins will turn out very dense and tough. Most recipes typically call for two to three teaspoons of baking powder.

     

    Too Much Egg

  • If a recipe includes too much egg, the muffins will come out dry and rubbery. If this is happening, try reducing the amount of egg in your recipe or find a new one. Most recipes call for only one egg.

     

    Overcooking

  • If you bake muffins for too long or at too high a temperature, they will become rubbery and tough. This is particularly true if you are using a dark, non-stick pan, since these absorb heat better than other types of cookware. When baking muffins, use a shiny, greased pan and monitor them closely while they are in the oven.

 

Again, please don’t blame the recipe…give it a try to, it may turn out better for you. I know I surely will.

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