Preparation: 1 hour (including decorating)
Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes/batch
It was an early day for me today.
I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I figured that I should do something productive since The Tummy and my back isn’t hurting as much as they do on other days. It was either I cook something or bake something because I was really feeling up to it.
After thinking and browsing for recipes on-line and from my mom’s cookbook, I figured I tried this one local delicacy – polka dot muffins.
The ingredients are basic enough and it’s technically foolproof. The only thing that can go wrong is when the muffin is baked, it can go out of shape since it’s in a papercup and instead of baking it, it is actually steamed.
Here’s how to get those polka dot muffins in no time!
275g plain flour
230g fine / caster sugar
3tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
150ml fresh milk / evaporated milk
1. Beat the egg whites until foamy. Make sure it doesn’t form stiff peaks
2. Add in the egg yolks, one at a time and vanilla essence. Beat until creamy.
3. Add in the sugar.
4. Sieve or mix the flour together with the baking powder. Add flour one spoonful at a time and beat. Alternate with milk / evaporated milk.
5. Once the batter is smooth and creamy, you can separate them into smaller portions according to desired colors. I did four batches of different colors. And as you can see, my sisters and I went a tad crazy with the colors. You can opt for a more conventional and pastel colors.
6. When filling up the paper cups, make sure that you only fill half of the cup. This is to allow the muffin to expand when being steamed later.
Important: when placed in a baking tin, space out the papercups evenly. Too near the muffins will be squashed and came out looking like pieces of jigsaw puzzle and if too far, it will expand to too large a size, looking like flat pans instead. Dot the colors in with toothpick or chop sticks, to have varying polka dot sizes. You can use different or clashing or complimenting shades to match the batter in the cup.
7. Steam over medium fire for about 15minutes.
These muffins are great for any festive seasons because of the playful colors. I’m thinking of having some orange in black paper cups for Halloween soon! And I’m already thinking of making some for my friends for Christmas. Maybe some green and red in silver cups will look great.
Play around with the colors (and designs!) as it is fun as it is simple. My sisters drew flowers and geometric designs on some of the muffins but they didn’t turn out too great. When the muffins expand, the details of the designs will too. So you may want to keep in mind that simple designs with less details will work best. And of course, the safest design would be, you guessed it, polka dots!
Have fun trying!
*Some of the polka dot muffins done by bloggers that I follow: