Not all muffin or cupcake mixtures release easily from paper cups so I decided to invest in a pack of silicone muffin/cupcake cups. A pack of 12 silicone cups cost me $19.99, knocked down in price from $24.99. Are they worth the cost?
First thing, nothing sticks to them. Secondly, they are reusable and will last a long time.
Although the tops of muffins and cupcakes will brown normally, the sides will be a little paler. I think this is a good thing as it stops the baking from becoming dry. Yep, I’m all for them! To wash, soak in hot soapy water, use a gentle scrubbing brush for sticky goo, rinse and place upside down on a towel to dry.
While I think silicone muffin cups are good, I am yet to be convinced about other silicone bakeware. Loaves don’t do so Wellington silicone loaf shapes as they are too pale, when you really want a crisp crust on a loaf.
Swiss roll (jelly roll) silicone shapes are great because you want the mixture to stay soft to enable rolling.
Rainy Day Muffins
Making muffins should be easy: Measure, mix, bake, eat. But that’s not how it went for me yesterday. I thought I’d make muffins for the men working on the site for my housette. I decided on Banana Chocolate Drop Muffins because I had a ripe banana. The recipe called for two bananas, and wholemeal flour and chocolate drops. I needed to go shopping. It rained just as I got out of the car at the shops, stopped raining while I was shopping, and started again just as I was loading the car. Never mind. I’d soon have a warm kitchen smelling yummy and I was doing a good deed. But things didn’t quite go to plan.
I stopped at the kitchen store to buy some muffin cups and decided on Silicone cups – read about them below – and by the time I was out of the shop looking at this that and the other, I’d wasted an hour and it was now raining heavily. The wee apartment I am living in has a bench oven that doesn’t have a rack so I improvised nestling the muffins in their new Teflon cups in a shallow roasting tin set on another upturned roasting tin so they were in the centre of the oven, which is where cakes and muffins should be baked. Oh-Oh! They popped their tops and spilled over the sides, and the front ones were overbrowned and the back ones too pale (but the ones in the middle were just right!). By the time they were ready the workmen had knocked off for the day because of the rain. They tasted good though. I had one with a cuppa, then couldn’t resist a second … Oh, alright I ate three. I always say, concentrate on the goodness in food (banana, bran and dark chocolate!), rather than the bad, and they were petite in size. Just another day in the kitchen really.