Who can say no to a toothsome dessert, right? Well, get your taste buds ready because today we have an irresistible sweet - enter muffins!
Before we get into describing them, take note that there are two distinct types of muffins. That would be the American and English muffins.
In this post, we'll focus on the American version, though, of course, we'll explain the English ones, too. And also take a look at some other notable variants.
The American muffins are a quickbread that is baked and has the shape of a cupcake. They're usually sweetened and contain ingredients such as blueberries, chocolate chips, nuts, bananas, and others.
In short, we can describe them as small, domed, and spongy.
To be more specific, the preparation method includes sieving the flour with a leavening agent. This is then mixed with eggs, butter, and other items for flavor - like chocolate or the aforementioned fruits.
Moreover, muffin pans are used to mold and bake the muffins. These typically have space for 12 muffins, each cup being 3.5 fl oz.
The process goes by pouring the muffin batter into the cup-sized bowls in the pan. And to further prevent the batter from sticking, cooking spray or butter may be added to the surface.
What plays into the look of this snack is the so-called muffin top. This is the top part of the muffin which features a slightly burnt crust around the sides.
The muffins also have a distinct texture which can be described as coarse, grainy, and damp.
Other than sweetened, muffins can also be savory. These include ingredients like cheese and corn.
The first clues for the history of the muffin come from the name itself.
One suggested option is that the term is connected to the Greek dish "maphula" - a breadcake made on a griddle. Another one ties it to the word "mou-pain" which comes from Old French and means soft bread. It's possible that this word got turned into "mouffin."
As for written records, the earliest one is from 1703. And it was spelled as "moofin." There's also the term "muffin-man" which was used in a poem from 1754. It referred to a person selling muffins on the street.
Muffin recipes were often featured in American cooking books from the 19th century.
One example is "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book" from 1896, as written by Fannie Farmer. In there, she included recipes for muffins either made with yeast or a quickbread. Her suggestion was to use muffin rings and cook them on the stovetop rather than in the oven.
As mentioned earlier, there are two main types of muffins. We have discussed the American ones, but there are also the English muffins. But that's not all. Depending on the flavor, there are multiple varieties of the American muffin.
To present it more concisely, we have:
One medium-sized muffin (113g) contains about 424 calories. This includes 18g of total fat or 23% of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet. In addition, there are 34mg of cholesterol, 380mg of sodium, 5g of protein, and 60g of total carbohydrates. Plus, there are 50mg of calcium, 1.5mg of iron, and 137mg of potassium.
As always, we at Slice are here to help you find any dish near you. And muffins are certainly no expectation.