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April 9, 2022

I thought about making the batter all at once. Can muffin batter be refrigerated overnight? Can you make muffin batter ahead of time? Will refrigerating muffin batter work? can muffin batter be refrigerated?

I have a 28L Morphy Richard at home. You could read more about it and my reasons for still baking in it. Generally, everything fits well in my oven for my small family. When my child wanted to share muffins at school on his birthday, I was in a fix.

He was to take 100 chocolate muffins to his school. So, that meant I had to prepare roughly 10 batches. Baking 10 batches was manageable, but making the batter from scratch each time was a nightmare.

Would the leavening agents spoil the batter?

You know I am a science student. Research and experiments are in my blood. And so the research part started. I was surprised that refrigerating the batter overnight improved the result, not spoiling it.

Let me help you why?

Can Muffin Batter Be Refrigerated?

Muffin batter can be refrigerated for a short or long period of time. Chilling muffin batter makes it less sticky and easier to divide evenly. Also, refrigerating muffin batter will result in a more consistent final product.

Refrigerating muffin batter also helps to produce a more consistent texture. It will also help to prevent it from becoming too dense or wet.

Refrigerating food prevents bacterial growth effectively, especially for muffins. To keep muffins fresh, refrigerate them due to their moisture and sweetness, which can attract bacteria.

While the flour absorbs the moist ingredients in the batter, the starches have a greater opportunity to expand. As a result, the batter develops a thicker, more viscous consistency.

Refrigerating muffins batter also helps to improve their flavor and make them more fluffy.

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The science behind refrigerating muffin batter

Muffins are a popular recipe and many people enjoy them because they are light and fluffy. But, many people don't know the science behind why refrigeration makes muffins lighter and fluffier.

Refrigeration leads air to escape from the food which makes it lighter. Also, when the moisture in the food evaporates, it creates air bubbles that help the food to become fluffy.

The hidden trick of baking refrigerated muffin batter

The secret is to use double-acting baking powder. Regular baking powder that acts when wet and dry ingredients are combined together. But, double-acting BP reacts and produces carbon dioxide gas twice. Once when the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together and again when exposed to heat.

Do not confuse Baking Power and Baking Soda to be same. Read more about Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda and what do they do in baking.

PS: In eggless recipes, if you are using buttermilk, you may hear some crackling sound while the muffin bakes.

Can you freeze muffin batter

You could grease your muffin tray or use a muffin liner. Fill the batter and freeze it. But how long does muffin batter last in the fridge? Once they are frozen, store them in a ziplock and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

You can freeze the muffin batter in balls on parchment paper, provided the batter is thick enough.

How to make muffins using refrigerated muffin batter

There are two simple ways to do it.

  1. Refrigerate the batter overnight. The next day, scoop the batter into the muffin tray and bake them.
  2. Place the frozen muffin batter balls into the muffin tray and bake them.

To sum up, refrigerating muffin batter is a great way to keep your baked goods fresh and delicious. By following these simple tips, you can create perfectly moist and fluffy muffins every time. So what are you waiting for? Get baking!

Here are a few of my muffins recipes that you could refrigerate and bake whenever needed.

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About the Author Sonia Gupta

Founder of AnyBodyCanBake, Noted Entrepreneur, Celebrated Baker, Certified Baking Instructor, and Accomplished Food Blogger.

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