Troubleshooting Guide - Muffin Mix

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  • Why didn’t my muffin dome rise?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Oven temperature too low

    Oven temperature is always critical to good baking. Oven performance should be checked frequently to ensure correct temperature and detect hot spots.

    Too much liquid

    Follow package directions for proper water amounts. If possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

    Over filling pans

    Follow package directions for proper scaling amounts. Be sure to level off scoop before depositing batter into pan.

    Acidic ingredients

    Batters that contain acidic ingredients (e.g., raw/uncooked cranberries, blueberries, citrus fruits) should not be frozen or refrigerated as this will result in loss of leavening.

    Old batter

    Batters should be used or frozen as soon after mixing as possible. Batters refrigerated longer than 48 hours will have significant loss of leavening.

  • What causes peaked muffins?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Incorrect liquid (too little)

    Follow package directions for proper water amounts. If possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

    Oven temperature too high

    Follow package directions for proper baking times. Have oven checked for accuracy.

    Over mixing

    Hand mixing is primary make-up method. If machine mixing make sure and follow package directions. If possible, use an electric timer to automatically shut off mixer.

  • What causes muffin mix uneven baking?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Hot spots / cool spots in oven

    Pans should be rotated 180° after 5 -7 minutes of baking.

  • Why are muffins stick to the pan?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Inadequate pan greasing

    Provide adequate coverage of pan release on pans before depositing batter; grease tops and cups of muffin pan. Grease only tops of pans when using paper liners.

  • What causes muffins to be misshapen in appearance?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Over mixing

    Hand mixing is primary make-up method. If machine mixing make sure and follow package directions. If possible, use an electric timer to automatically shut off mixer.

    Batter has been refrigerated or frozen

    Allow batter to temper for 30 minutes prior to baking frozen batter.

    Pans were not rotated in a convection oven

    Pans should be rotated 180° after 5 – 7 minutes of baking.

  • Why is the muffin crust color light?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Under baking / over loading of oven

    Follow package directions for proper baking temperatures and times. Fully loaded ovens reduce oven temperature in the first few minutes of baking. Bake times may need to be extended. Centers of muffins should spring back when lightly touched.

    Oven temperature too low

    Follow package directions for proper baking temperatures. Have oven checked for accuracy using an oven thermometer.

    Too much liquid

    Follow package directions for proper water amounts. If possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

  • Why are muffins burned at the bottom?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Over baking / oven temperature too high

    Follow package directions for proper baking temperatures and times. Have oven checked for accuracy using an oven thermometer.

    Uneven heat

    Pans should be rotated 180° after 5 -7 minutes of baking.

    Deck oven is used to bake muffins

    Deck ovens may provide uneven bottom heat. Place a sheet pan under the muffin tins when using a deck oven.

  • Why are the muffins dry?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Over baking

    Follow package directions for proper baking temperatures and times. Have oven checked for accuracy using an oven thermometer.

    Too little liquid

    Follow package directions for proper water amounts. If possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

    Muffins stored improperly

    Make sure cooled muffins are completely covered. Use an enclosed cabinet or cover completely with sheet pan bag.

    Oven temperature is too high

    Follow package directions for proper baking temperatures. Have oven checked for accuracy using an oven thermometer.