Have you ever wished you could bake muffins with minimum effort? Have you ever wondered, if you can freeze muffins? Or better yet, can you freeze muffin batter for those kind of days when you just don’t have enough time? Well, think no more, you can freeze muffins and you can also freeze muffin batter, allowing you to make your life so much easier! Now all your dreams of an instant muffin can become a reality.
To be able to freeze muffins you will need to bake a few first. Let’s start you off with a basic muffin recipe, and then talk about how to freeze muffins and muffin batter.
Let’s start you off with a simple muffin recipe so you have fresh muffins to put in the freezer. Start by preheating the oven to a medium temperature and then line a muffin tray with muffin paper cases. Now begin by beating 2 eggs in a bowl and adding 125 ml vegetable oil and 250 ml milk to it. Add 200g caster sugar to the bowl and mix well with a whisk until the sugar dissolves completely. Now it is time to sift in the dry ingredients, starting off with 400g of plain flour and 3 tea spoons of baking powder. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and mix well. At this point you can add any extra ingredients that you may like for example, chocolate chips or blue berries. Once you’re done mixing the batter, pour it into the muffin cases taking care to fill them only two-thirds full. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until they turn slightly golden brown.
The best way to freeze muffins is very simple. After baking the muffins as directed in the recipe above, cool them completely and then place the muffins in a large freezer bag. Make sure you remove all the air you can before sealing the bag. You can also wrap individual muffins in heavy duty aluminum foil and keep them in an empty ice container or tin. Did you ever think freezing muffins would be this easy?
Now that you know how to freeze muffins, let’s find out how you freeze muffin batter. Freezing muffin batter is almost as simple as freezing muffins. All you have to do is prepare the muffin batter, bring out a muffin tin, fill the tin with muffin cases, and fill up with two thirds of muffin batter in each case. Put the muffin tin in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours or until batter is solid. Once the batter is frozen you can use a butter knife to wedge the frozen muffins out, paper and all, and stack them in a container or a plastic bag removing air as best as you can.
Another way of freezing muffins is by pouring the batter into a container and freeze it. You can then use a scooper to form nice muffin balls for each muffin case once you are ready to bake them. Again, remember to label the container or bag with the date for your own convenience. You can freeze muffin batter for up to four months.
So we have covered how to freeze muffins and muffin batter, but let’s talk about the thawing process. To reheat baked muffins, just pop them out of the freezer and back into the muffin tray. Heat up the oven to 350 degrees and keep the muffins in till thoroughly warmed. If you are in a hurry, pop them in the microwave and check at 15 second intervals until they are perfect. You can also let the muffins thaw in room temperature. Have them then out for at least an hour before you eat them.
As for the frozen muffin batter, if you have all the batter in a container you can just let it defrost in the fridge. Take it out when you are ready to make muffins and stir around with a rubber spatula. If you have the frozen muffin batter in paper cups just bring them out from the freezer and place them back into the muffin tray. There is really no point in letting them thaw. Just bake them as you normally do but add an extra 5-10 minutes since they are frozen.
Can you freeze English muffins?
Yes, of course you can freeze English muffins. If you bought a package of them just take them out of the bag, put them in a zip bag, and toss them in the freezer.
What about other sorts of muffins? Can you freeze blueberry muffins or banana muffins?
If those are your favorite muffins you don’t have to worry. You can perfectly freeze muffins with blueberry or banana.
Can you freeze muffins in paper cups?
You can freeze muffins in paper bags. In fact you can even freeze muffin batter in paper cups as well.
How long can you freeze muffins for?
Frozen muffins will be in perfect condition for about three months. Remember to label the plastic bag or container with the date so you can take them out before they go bad.