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    Chef #914412
    Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:07 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    why do my muffins keep falling apart? i've made small mini ones and large ones.. even used paper cake cases but still they get so soft to even eat them is hard they tend to fall apart.. i'm thinking one of two things.. that i have slightly too much liquid or that i'm using too grainy sugar (not fine enough)??? any advice? here is the reciepy:

    200 g butter
    200 g self raising flour
    170 g sugar
    chocolate bits
    80 ml milk
    2 eggs

    mix eggs with sugar then add flour and melted butter then lastly add milk and chocolate bits.
    Fairy Nuff
    Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:46 am
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    I think your butter to flour ratio is a bit out of whack.

    Here's a yummy choc/orange muffin recipe that always turns out well (if I do say so myself icon_biggrin.gif )

    Jaffa Muffins
    Karyl Lee
    Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:11 am
    Forum Host
    I'd agree that it looks like too much butter. Most of the time the fats in muffin recipes are about half the volume of the flours, if my memory serves me well.
    Fairy Nuff
    Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:35 am
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    Just so that you can see the difference in amounts of butter as to flour these are some of the muffin recipes that I have reviewed. Felt a bit guilty posting my own recipe when I've reviewed lots of muffin recipes that turned out great. Hope these help you sort your recipe out or encourage you to try another recipe!

    Muffins with butter:

    Pumpkin Muffins With Ginger and Spice!
    Maltesers Muffins
    Savory Cheese Muffins With Bacon and Chives
    The Best Blueberry Muffins
    Avocado and Bacon Muffins

    Muffins with oil:

    Yummy Yogurt Berry Muffins
    The_Swedish_Chef
    Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:44 am
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    This recipe is from my private collection and I've been making it for the past 40 years! Got it as a kid (yes, really!) when we went to a Blueberry Festival and they handed out those little cardboard recipe cards; I've kept it ever since.

    It turns out flawless, ever single time and I use the base recipe as to change it up. Delete the blueberries, add whatever other fruit you'd like (not too juicy, mind you) and change the spice around.

    One thing I've always done: I never mix muffin batter in a mixer. Old Timey cookbooks caution about over-mixing muffins; they should show some of the dry ingredients in lumps in the batter.

    I'm sure there's something on Zaar that will convert this to Metric measurements for you. But, in 40 years of making these muffins, without paper liners, and never having a failure...that says a lot for a recipe!

    BLUEBERRY-BUTTERMILK MUFFINS

    40 min | 20 min prep

    24 muffins

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup buttermilk
    1/4 lb butter, melted and browned slightly, cooled
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 eggs, beaten
    2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained

    Heat oven to 400F If you desire, have a small bowl of sugar and whatever spices you desire to have as a sugary topping for these muffins.

    Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

    Mix buttermilk, eggs and melted butter together. Add to center of dry mix and stir only until combined. Do NOT over-mix; it should be lumpy.

    Top each muffin with 1/4 teaspoon of sugar & spice mixture for a little extra treat!

    Fill greased muffin tins 1/2 full and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes or until light brown.

    Allow to sit in pan for 5 minutes to set the muffins; flip out when done and cool on rack.
    Soozzee
    Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:15 pm
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    Swedish Chef..these sound good. I've saved in on my computer recipe file.

    You should post these in the Zaar Recipes.
    Chef #914412
    Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:58 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    thank you! it will take me a while to go through those receipies but thank you! will keep me busy trying them out!
    The_Swedish_Chef
    Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:48 am
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    Soozzee wrote:
    Swedish Chef..these sound good. I've saved in on my computer recipe file.

    You should post these in the Zaar Recipes.


    Thanks, Soozzee. I'm glad that you think that they look good. They are stunningly simple to make and turn out perfect every single time! I substitute cranberries, strawberries, raspberries...you get it, for the fruit and then just change the spices accordingly. The batter is VERY stiff; you have to spoon it into the muffin pans. My pans make 11 muffins and there's always enough batter left over to make a tiny tin's worth.

    I don't post any of my recipes at Zaar any longer because no one ever reviewed them and I just got frustrated. Silly, I know, but when some recipes gather 47 responses and others get NONE<, I don't think that's quite fair to the other members. But, thanks for your comment; I'll pretend that it's an actual comment on my recipe. You made my day!
    Soozzee
    Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:20 pm
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    SC..yes, there is good and bad about the star rating system. On the one hand, it lets recipe seekers know what's tried and true by many other cooks. On the other hand, the newer recipes don't get a look because they appear untried. AND..in many catagories, there are already so many recipes that you don't have time to look at all of them.

    I only have one recipe posted, for chocolate chip cookies, and there are a million of those so I know I'll never get any hits or feedback. At least I now know how to enter a recipe on this site as well..and that was a struggle! Now I know where to find it if my own computer crashes and I lose my recipe file (and my backup wasn't up to date and didn't have that particular recipe on it). Which reminds me..... icon_eek.gif

    When I make yours..I'll let you know how they turned out!
    auzzi
    Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:12 am
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    Quote:
    200 g butter
    200 g self raising flour
    170 g sugar
    chocolate bits
    80 ml milk
    2 eggs


    Reduce the butter to 120g.

    or try something like

    400g self raising flour
    100g butter
    220g caster sugar
    300ml milk
    1 large egg
    flavour of choice

    OR

    2 cups SR flour
    2 tb sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup milk
    1/4 cup melted butter

    OR

    150g self raising flour
    50g caster sugar
    1 egg
    125ml milk
    50g melted butter
    The_Swedish_Chef
    Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:42 am
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    Soozzee wrote:
    SC..yes, there is good and bad about the star rating system. On the one hand, it lets recipe seekers know what's tried and true by many other cooks. On the other hand, the newer recipes don't get a look because they appear untried. AND..in many catagories, there are already so many recipes that you don't have time to look at all of them.

    I only have one recipe posted, for chocolate chip cookies, and there are a million of those so I know I'll never get any hits or feedback. At least I now know how to enter a recipe on this site as well..and that was a struggle! Now I know where to find it if my own computer crashes and I lose my recipe file (and my backup wasn't up to date and didn't have that particular recipe on it). Which reminds me..... icon_eek.gif

    When I make yours..I'll let you know how they turned out!


    Glad you "get it", Soozzee. And I'd love to know if the muffins turn out as well for you as they do for me. icon_smile.gif
    Molly53
    Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:51 am
    Forum Host
    Welcome to 'zaar, Chef. It's nice to meet a new friend.

    Did you know that you can change your name to something more personal and unique than a number? Click on MY ACCOUNT at the top of the page, make the changes you wish, scroll down and SAVE CHANGES.

    If you're more comfortable with a number, that's absolutely fine, but it makes it easier for us to communicate with you if you remove the # sign.
    Chef #1476207
    Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:51 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I am just wondering if Swedish Chef has any carrot muffins to share?

    Thanks
    duonyte
    Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:22 am
    Forum Host
    You can click the arrow next to the chef's name and then Chef's Recipes in the drop down box to go directly to their posted recipes. I checked and found no carrot muffins posted. But there are many recipes in the database, http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/carrot-muffins
    DrGaellon
    Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:40 pm
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    The_Swedish_Chef wrote:
    I don't post any of my recipes at Zaar any longer because no one ever reviewed them and I just got frustrated.

    I don't post my recipes to get reviews. I post them to create a semi-permanent storage which can be shared with the family... I've slowly been inputting my great-grandmother's and grandmother's recipe boxes. My mother, my aunts and my sister all have the link to the family recipe book on 'zaar and can call up the recipes anytime they need them. I couldn't care less if anyone reviews them - or even reviews them badly. icon_smile.gif
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