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Muffin Tins

A Muffin Tin is a baking dish used to make American-style muffins (not English muffins), or cupcakes. It is a series of metal cups connected by a flat metal surface. The cups connect to the metal surface at the lip of each cup.

Jumbo-sized muffin tins will make 6 muffins. Standard muffin tins will make 12 muffins, with each cup in them holding between 1/3 and 1/2 cup (2.5 to 4 oz / 75 ml to 125 ml) of batter each. Mini muffin tins will hold between 1/8 and 1/4 cup (1 to 2 oz / 30 to 60 ml) each of batter and will make 24 muffins.

The lightweight Muffin Tins made out of standard aluminum seem to do as good a job at even cooking and browning as the more expensive, heavier ones do. You can get non-stick Muffin Tins, which you should still grease, or use muffin tin liners (also called cupcake liners.)

Cooking Tips

If what you are making doesn't require all the cups in a muffin tin, fill the empty ones with water to prevent them from smoking in the oven. Only fill the cups two-thirds full. Always wipe off any spills on the flat surface between cups before baking. It's far more work to clean after it's all burnt on.

Muffin Tins can be used in place of ramekins to make individual quiches, frittatas, individual portion meatloaves, soufflés, etc.. They are also good for baking stuffed tomatoes and peppers in. Stuffed tomatoes and peppers sometimes collapse outward as they cook, but baking them in muffin tins will support them. Grease the tins first.

Language Notes

An alternative name is Tassie Pan, used in the American South. In this parlance, the individual cups in the pan are called "tassie cups".

See also:

Cake Pans

Baking Cups; Bundt Pans; Cake Pans; Cheesecake Pans; Flan Pans; Fluted Tube Pans; Jelly Roll Pans; Kugelhopf Pans; Mary Ann Pans; Muffin Tins; Springform Pans; Tube Pans

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Also called:

Tassie Pan; Muffinbackform (die) (German)


Oulton, Randal. "Muffin Tins." CooksInfo.com. Published 20 October 2003; revised 23 August 2007. Web. Accessed 04/24/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/muffin-tins>.

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