Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Do you know the Muffin Man!?!?

Do you know the Muffin Man,
The Muffin Man,
The Muffin Man?
Do you know the Muffin Man
Who lives in Drury Lane? 

Seriously, if you DO know the Muffin Man, please send him my way because I am so utterly helpless when it comes to muffins. 

I just don't get it. I can bake cakes, cookies, squares, brownies, bread...you name it - but please, just PLEASE don't name Muffins.

I have tried so many recipes and they do not work for me. Too dry, too moist or too flat. I have had muffin tops that have fallen off and some that have fallen in, but NONE that have bounced back like the recipes say they should.

My most recent attempt was the worst one yet:
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

 {Unfortunately, this is not what mine looked like. This photo is courtesy of this link.}

I have been wanting to bake these tasty morsels since we moved here and finally tracked down some Poppy Seeds to bake them.

The recipe went together effortlessly. The batter tasted divine. I filled the muffin cups and placed the tray in my preheated oven.

The magic began happening and they rose - oh how they rose. And the smell...amazing!

With still 10 minutes left in the baking time I went and grabbed a book for Little Man. I made it back to an awful surprise. 
The muffins had shrunk and the tops were wrinkly.
What happened!?!?

Despite my disappointment, I let them finish their baking time and hoped that they maybe they would be edible.

Nope. Not edible. The outside was crispy...the inside dense, doughy and slightly hollow on the upper portion.

Definitely not what I was hoping for.

So, do you know the Muffin Man? Think he could help me!?!?!?

At least I can still bake a batch of cookies to enjoy.



Gina said...

I've been trying to eat and cook healthier and these were perfect for us. If you don't use eggs, you can use more applesauce. Good luck with your muffin search. We love these!

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Claudia Medeiros said...

Have a beautiful day and good luck on your search ;)

Verena said...

That would be so disappointing for me, too. I´m sorry they didn´t work out. The recipe sounds great! Did you get the yellow cake mix in Holland??? I wonder what I had to use here in Germany... Maybe it didn´t work out, because of the cake mix. I bought once some Flour to make some bread( do you call it Bread mix???). And the Bread didn´t turn out well. It was totally flat. :o(

Hope you have sunny day!

Laura said...

Thanks for the recipe Gina, looks delish! Can't wait to give it a try as I have some bananas that are JUST ABOUT ready to be used in baking.

Verena, unfortunately, I didn't use the recipe that accompanies the photo. Perhaps it would have worked! We can get yellow cake mix here; at one of the Asian food markets of all places. I prefer to make from scratch though. As for bread mixes, I tried out a few while we were in Germany and Kaufland had some that worked out pretty well. Although, home made bread seemed to always work better!

Unknown Mami said...

Oh no, what a let down!