Chill the muffin batter anytime for bakery style muffins

Chill the muffin batter anytime for bakery style muffins

My first job in food was in a bakery in my university town. I spent the evenings after class hand-shaping baguettes, swirling cinnamon and raisin breads, and mixing muffin batter for the morning breakfast frenzy. It was there that I decided that muffins – with their fragrant aroma and almost endless taste options – were the perfect breakfast. It was also here that I learned that the secret ingredient for beautifully domed bakery-style muffins is something you can’t buy: time.

Give the muffin batter a break by mixing it beforehand

In the bakery we mixed muffin batter and refrigerated it overnight so that the morning shift could bake the next morning. This rest period makes muffins from your favorite café look and taste better than anything that comes out of your oven. But why is it like that?

While the muffin batter rests, the starches in the flour have more time to absorb the moisture from the eggs and the liquid in the batter. As a result, the starches swell and give the dough a thicker, more robust consistency. Do you know how gluten slowly develops overnight in uncommitted bread recipes? The same goes for muffin batter. The gluten that develops overnight is enough to support the tall, domed structure of the muffins without making breakfast tough.

If you’re planning on resting muffin batter, a few tips

10 muffin recipes that we love

Patty Catalano


Patty is a freelance recipe developer who has worked as the research coordinator and podcast producer for Alton Brown and in the Oxmoor House test kitchen. She loves maple syrup, coffee and board games. Patty lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.

Joseph Hubbard

Joseph Hubbard is a seasoned journalist passionate about uncovering stories and reporting on events that shape our world. With a strong background in journalism, he has dedicated his career to providing accurate, unbiased, and insightful news coverage to the public.

Recent Posts