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Muffin - Early History, Modern History, Englishs

muffins recipes served baked

Muffins may have started out as a type of small cake or as an alternative to cornbread. Early muffin recipes tend to result in less sweet muffins with far fewer ingredients than their contemporaries. Muffins became widely used as a breakfast food because they were easy to prepare and cooked in a short amount of time. Because muffins grew stale so quickly, they were not marketed as a baked good until the middle of the 20th century. Recipes were limited to certain types of grains and simple additives like nuts and dried fruits. When paper muffin cups were invented, iron pans lost popularity and were less-widely used. Non-stick pans have allowed muffins to be baked in a variety of fun shapes to coincide with holidays and events, however, circular muffins remain the most popular. Packaged muffin mixes were introduced to the marketplace in the 1950s. Muffins went on to be marketed as an alternative to doughnuts in the 1960s. Restaurant chains featuring coffee-shop style surroundings appeared and began to feature an assortment of muffins.

Modern History

Many changes occured in the preparation and consumption of muffins in the 1970s and 1980s. As more women entered the workplace, there was a decline in home-baked goods. This, in conjunction with the movement to eat healthier, and the rise of specialty food stores with gourmet coffee houses led to the new standard of muffins. Preservatives were regularly added to muffin mixes which allowed them to be sold more readily. Fatty pastries and sugary doughnuts were also tossed in favor of the healthier muffin. Healthier muffin recipes using grains and yogurt, however, for these healthy muffins to last long enough to be sold publicly without the use of artificial preservatives, the amount of fat and sugar used in the recipes needed to be increased. Because of this increase, these new muffins were comparable, in the amount of calories they contained, to cupcakes. The rising market for gourmet snacks to accompany gourmet coffees resulted in larger muffins. There was also a trend that began to serve merely the top of the muffin. In famed 1990s sitcom, “Seinfeld,” the character Elaine Benes was the co-owner of a pastry shop called “Top O’ The Muffin To You!” In this particular episode, only the tops of extra-large muffins were served to customers, and the “stumps,” or bottoms of the muffins were discarded.

English Muffins

The English muffin served in the UK is way different from the American version. The English muffin is leavened with yeast and the recipe to make it is even older than muffins leavened with baking powder. These recipes produce a thick, pastry baked into a disk shape. It was served split into two pieces, toasted and buttered very much like a crumpet. These were usually served in conjunction with coffee at local shops.

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