Using cooking spray to grease a muffin pan

How to grease a muffin pan

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Who wouldn’t want to learn how to grease a muffin pan. No doubt muffins are very delicious treats that leave us salivating as we perceive their aroma, fresh from the oven. The sticky part – quite literally – comes when it becomes difficult to extract the muffin from the muffin pan. Oh, the horror.

This kitchen catastrophe can be prevented by greasing your muffin pan properly. Greasing the muffin pan can be done with quite a number of ingredients which we would explore in this article. Without further ado, here are some tips on how to grease a muffin pan – properly. ­

How To Grease A Muffin Pan

The essence of a well-greased muffin pan cannot be overemphasized. Greasing your pan well ensures that with gentle prodding, your muffins or cupcakes slide right out of the cups after baking, without leaving any residue behind that can mar the perfection of your little bite of heaven. As an added plus, a well-greased muffin pan is easy to clean.

The easiest and most common way to grease a muffin pan is by brushing the insides of the cups with butter. The butter that is to be used to grease the muffin pan is melted down and gently applied to the insides of the muffin tin with the help of a pastry brush or a folded piece of paper towel. One thing to note is that using butter to grease your muffin pan may change the taste of your finished product slightly.

Below are some tips on how to grease your muffin pan using butter:

  • Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over low heat, or in a microwave on low power. Check on the butter in 5 seconds intervals and continue heating until most of the butter is melted. Then remove the butter from the heat source. The left-over heat will melt the remaining butter. If properly melted, your butter should look something like this:
How to grease muffin pan
  • Dip the tip of the pastry brush or paper towel into the melted butter and use it to coat each cup in the muffin pan thoroughly. Ensure that you coat all the sides, the bottom, and the corners. Optionally, you may coat the top of the pan in case the muffin rises past the lip of the cup.
  • Do not add too much butter such that it drips down and settles at the bottom.
  • Sprinkle some flour into the cups after coating them in butter. Move the pan around to distribute the flour evenly around the cup. Once the flour is stuck to the butter, tap the pan lily to pour out the excess.

Allow your muffins to cool for some minutes after removing them from the oven. To loosen the muffins from the muffin pan after baking, simply run a table knife gently around the edges, and they will slide right out.

Apart from butter, there are other ways that a muffin pan can be greased and we will explore those methods in the rest of this article.

Other Ways To Grease A Muffin Pan

Using butter to grease your muffin pans may change the taste of your final product, so here are some other ways to grease your muffin pans:

  • Cooking spray: Using a vegetable oils spray nowadays is a popular method for greasing cake tins. It also works well with muffin pans. Just make sure to apply the spray evenly and avoid build-up on the bottom.
How to grease muffin pan
Using cooking spray to grease a muffin pan

Professional Baking Grease: Usually available at baking supply stores and various online stores, professional baking grease is a great way to grease a cake tin or a muffin pan. It is also very easy to make at home. Simply combine equal parts shortening, flour, and oil and mix until light and fluffy. Evenly coat the muffin pan with it, and voila!

Greasing is not the only way to prevent your muffins and baked goods from sticking to their baking pans. You can also line your muffin pans with different materials that would prevent the batter from touching the pans at all. This is an alternative to applying greasy substances to the insides of a muffin pan or any kind of baking pan.

Below are some lining methods to stop your muffins and cupcakes from sticking to the pan:

  • Paper lining: Paper lining doesn’t involve the use of grease to stop the muffin from sticking to the pan. Rather, the cup-shaped paper lining is placed in the muffin pan and the batter is added to it. Paper linings come in different fun sizes and colors. It also adds a nice design to the finished muffins or cupcakes.
Paper Liners for Muffin Pans
Paper Liners for Muffin Pans

  • Parchment paper: To use parchment paper to line the inside of your muffin pan, simply cut out a 5-inch piece and press it into the cup. Once the muffin is done, it can easily be lifted out of the pan using the edges.

Parchment paper lining

After Greasing, What Next?

Sure, greasing a muffin pan well is important to ensure that your baked goods do not stick to the pan. However, there are other factors that may cause your muffin to stick to the pan, even after greasing the pan thoroughly.

Below are some tested and trusted tips to ensure that your muffins pop easily out of the pans:

  • Avoid overbaking. An overbaked muffin is a stubborn muffin that won’t come out of the pan with ease. Make sure to pay close attention to your goodies in the oven, and use a kitchen timer for time accuracy in every batch.
  • Always allow your muffins to cool for a few minutes before attempting to remove them from the muffin pan. Remove them too soon, and they will crumble. Remove them too late, and they will get soggy and mushy.
  • If the muffins still won’t come out of a hot pan, place the pan on a wet kitchen towel for a few minutes, and they should come out without difficulty.

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