11.29.2009

The day the muffins sank

Has this ever happened to anyone else? It has happened to me a few times now. What am I doing wrong? I'm not over stirring....it's just weird. The muffins appear to be done but when I pull them out of the oven, they sink in the middle. ARGH! So aggravating!

These were quite delicious but they do look a bit deflated. If any of you bakers out there have a tip, I'd love to hear it!

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Butternut Spice Muffins with Raisins and White Chocolate Chips
by the Ungourmet

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Strober Farms Golden Flax Seed
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups butternut squash puree
1 tsp fresh minced ginger
1/2 cup non fat yogurt
1/2 cup oil
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Topping

2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Sift the flour, flax, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine the squash, ginger, yogurt, oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in raisins and chips. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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These are beyond moist! My family said they were yummy enough to put on the blog so here they are. I will try them again and see if I can keep them from sinking. Maybe I'll leave out the yogurt. Hmmm.

P.S. Sorry about the photos, I think some little imps have been fooling around with my camera settings. :0(


38 comments:

Jenn said...

Hmm...interesting. I'm not sure what went wrong. That's an odd thing to happen, but delicious looking either way.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh my goodness, I thought I read it wrong...not my ungourmet having trouble in the kitchen *wink.

I'm sure they were totally delicious.
xxx

A Year on the Grill said...

I am the last person to know for sure... but

too much air in the mixer, are you whipping too much? Do you use a kitchenaid mixer and leave it running too long?

I say this from experience, not with muffins, but other items... i used to just let it run for 10 minutes or so while I was prepping other things.

My guess, but again, I would wait for a real cook to reply

Bellini Valli said...

These are healthy too with their addition of butternut squash

Donna-FFW said...

I hate when that happens. Ill be checking back to see the answers. Such a great ingredient list too!

Pam said...

That happens to me all the time. I thought that was how all muffins looked!

Palidor said...

That's happened to me a couple of times, and usually it's because air gets trapped inside when you scoop the batter in the cups. Try gently dropping the pan on the counter to chase out the air bubbles. Regardless of how they looked, I'm sure they were tasty!

The Good Cook said...

Are you letting them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing them to a rack? Sometimes they will sink if they cool too quickly (ie: removing them right away from the hot pan)...

Overmixing will do this too. Muffins need gentle mixing.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh bless but in a happy way i am pleased that once your baking wasn't perfect it happens to me all the time and always want to throw in the towel with baking.
But I will keep trying!

Love ya Rebecca

Noelle said...

yay me! that's how my muffins look all the time!

Ms Bibi said...

It does happen to me sometimes and I have no idea why. Other times I make the same recipe and they turn out just perfect.

One of those things I guess.

Christina said...

I have that happen, too. Nice to know it's not just the mediocre among us. ;-)

They still look yummy!

TKW said...

Well, at least they tasted good! My muffins do that too, but I always blame it on the altitude. I'm interested to see what others say...

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

It happened to me two days ago and then I realized I forgot to put the usual 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Maybe it's that?

Cathy said...

Wow, don't know what's going on here. Do you have an oven thermometer to check the temp? Are you using convection cooking? Too much liquid? Whatever is happening...they look darn good to me.

teresa said...

since baking is not my forte at all, i don't have any tips, but i will say that those are some dang good looking mufins! good luck, let us know if you discover any tricks!

Faith said...

This has happened to me before with pumpkin bread...I used a silicone baking loaf pan, so I think that was my problem...either that or my baking powder was stale (which is weird becuase I just replaced it last month). Anyway, I bet your muffins still tasted great!

Joanne said...

So I have no idea why they fell. But I just wanted to say that they sound absolutely amazing! Butternut AND white chocolate chips. i think I just died and went to heaven. I try not to make any sudden movements in the kitchen while my muffins/cupcakes are baking. Sometimes that makes them fall (like souffles).

Fresh Local and Best said...

They look and sound delicious. I'm not a baker, but I think there may be too much liquid.

scrappysue said...

they still look amazing! i haven't ever had that problem, but then i have used the SAME recipe for a gazillion years - a famous kiwi female home cooker -it's pretty basic - maybe i should post it sometime!

Hummingbird Appetite said...

They still look and sound tasty.

doggybloggy said...

I think tapping the filled muffin tin on the counter is the best suggestion...but they still look tasty - and is that a cool new header that I only noticed now?

lisaiscooking said...

Sounds like a delicious mix of flavors! Sorry, I don't have any answers about the sinking, but I'm guessing it might be moisture content.

Claudia said...

Let me say they looks as delicious as ever and I would not say no. I wonder when this happens to me - did I overmix? Did I zoom it out of the oven too fast? It's a mystery. Like theatre. How these things all come together.

Mini Baker said...

I believe you... they do look beyond moist!
-Mini Baker

Adam said...

Yeah it's tough when you get that sinking feeling. Maybe they cooled down too fast? I dunno, I'm a doctor not a physicist :)

Still taste fantastic though I bet!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Whoa new bloggy prettiness!

I love the flavor combinations that you come up with!

And I don't know if you saw my comment on the facebook fan page but your apple cinnamon french toast cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting were a hit at Thanksgiving. :)

Mary said...

I love the new look of your blog and your muffins look delicious. Try tapping the pans before you put them in the oven and make sure your oven is at the correct temperature. Don't open the door to peek.

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

First let me say I LOVE your new look to your blog!

Second..flubs happen all the time in the kitchen. Usually its not incorporating the ingredients enough or your baking soda or baking powder is old.

Also peeking inside to look too soon will do that. And not tapping the pans when you put the batter in might if its a light batter.

Sorry about the book.

Also could you vote for me in Iron Cupcake..the link is in my latest blog post...*begs*

Velva said...

I can't bake to save my life so no advice to offer asto why the middle sank....but, oh those muffins still look delicious! I really like the flavor combination.

5 Star Foodie said...

They look perfectly delicious to me - an wonderful combination of ingredients here!

the twins said...

those look so good! even if they are deflated, i'm sure they still tasted fantastic.

Juliana said...

I cannot tell you...but sometimes my muffins do not grow that much, but haven't seen them sank...yet ;-)

burpandslurp said...

Hmm...maybe you should have used baking soda as well? Or did you beat it too much?
Either way, they still look tasty! That's all that matters! :-)

Danielle said...

I don't make muffins that much. my muffin experience is my own muffin top and I wish THAT would deflate LOL. Sunk or not, they looks and sound wonderful

Megan said...

Hmm... it could be overmixing or it could just be that whole wheat flour is so heavy... maybe subbing in a little white flour would help. At any rate they still look really tasty.

Anonymous said...

WELP..I googled "muffin tops deflated" to see y mine just did and I stumbled across ur page. And NOW-I'm off to download some Michael Buble' off itunes... ; )

-Mel

Mary said...

I just made muffins last night - a double batch so I used two different pans. One pan was silver colored and the other was dark. Tha muffins in the silver pan sank in the middle. The ones in the dark pan look great... maybe it's your pan? I'm throwing the light one out and buying another dark one!

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