October 7, 2022

Oven Tips for Baking the BEST Quick Breads and Muffins

Has your oven been talking to you and have you been listening? There are a few simple steps that you can incorporate into your sequence of baking that may make a huge difference in the final product. The result will not only look good, it will also be moist and taste delicious.

Have you ever noticed that when you bake what starts to look like the perfect muffins or quick bread it turns out to be uneven, dry or overdone, even though you followed the recipe to a tee? There are a few simple steps that you can incorporate into your sequence of baking that may make a huge difference in the final product. The result will not only look good, it will also be moist and taste delicious.

I always like to start a muffin recipe with my favourite Wilton 2105-6789 12 cup Muffin Pan and muffin liners. I can always count on an even bake and an easy cleanup! When making quick breads, parchment paper can really save you a lot of grief. There’s no better feeling than your bread coming out of the oven clean with perfectly golden edges! Even when a recipe tells me to just “grease the pan” I always add a layer of parchment to be safe.

First things first. Has your oven been talking to you and have you been listening? When you take those scrumptious muffins out of your oven is one side darker than the other? If so, your oven may have a hot side. That is not unusual with some appliances and to solve this problem you will want to rotate your muffins or quick bread half way through the baking process to ensure even and perfectly baked goods.
Next, do you find that when you bake muffins in the oven for the specified time and they turn out overdone? Your oven may run hot. In this situation, you will need to adjust the bake time.

Start by decreasing the time by one or two minutes and see how that works. If it is a recipe that you really like, play around with the time until it works for the specific recipe.

I have found that baking muffins at 375 degrees Fahrenheit will provide you with excellent results every time. Your muffins will have a beautiful cone like shape and the texture perfect inside and out. When baking quick breads, 350 degrees Fahrenheit gives optimal results with colour and texture. The baking times will vary depending on your appliance.

It will be the opposite if you bake something and it is underdone after the specified time as per the instructions. You will want to leave the dish in the oven longer. In this case you really want to pay close attention to what is baking in the oven because it can go from being underbaked to over done in seconds. I would start with 30 second intervals. If you set a timer, that will be helpful to keep track of the time. Also turn the light on to see how your creation is progressing. Take it out of the oven as soon as it looks almost fully baked. By taking the baked goods out of the oven a minute or two before it is finished baking you should be able to ensure that it does not become over–baked. Keep in mind that your muffins or quick bread will continue to bake after you remove it from the oven and place it on a cooling rack while still in the tin.

The following chart is to give you a better understanding of the level of heat that is used when baking or cooking. If you are interested in more information about the optimal temperatures that are used for various dishes. Check out my tip on Temperatures and how much heat is needed for the best results. Until next time. Let’s continue to have fun in the kitchen.

Oven Temperature Chart

FahrenheitCelciusGas MarkCooking & Baking Description
225°107° 1/4Very low slow cooking & baking
250°121°1/2Very low slow cooking & baking
275°135°1Low slow cooking & baking
300°149°2Low slow cooking & baking
325°163°3Moderate slow cooking & baking
350°177°4Moderate–medium cooking & baking
375°191°5Moderate–medium–hot cooking & baking
400°204°6Moderately hot cooking & baking
425°218°7Hot cooking & baking
450°232°8Very hot cooking & baking
475°246°9Extremely hot cooking & baking
500°260°10Extremely hot cooking & baking
550°290°10Broiling

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