Recently, while working on a client project for bakeware, I came across this recipe from King Arthur Flour. I was looking for a muffin recipe that would produce muffins that had a nice round "muffin top" to them. Most traditional quick bread recipes have a bit of rise to them, but not enough to produce muffin tops without a special pan. Since the whole point of my shoot was to show the pan, I wanted muffin tops in MY pan, not a special pan.
So I scoured the Internet, reading as much as I could about muffin recipes with good lift to them. I settled on the King Arthur Flour recipe because it offered a good bit of information behind the reason for normally flat-topped muffins and it seemed like this recipe could overcome some of them.
The first time I made the recipe I overfilled the cups way too much. The muffins rose, and rose, and rose! Yay - the recipe works. Boo, they looked terrible. Definitely not what I was looking for photography-wise. So I started over from the beginning and just filled the wells with a level #20 size disher scoop. Voila! The muffins came out great! Perfect muffin tops peeking out above the pan.
The best part of this recipe - they are delicious! I can't rave enough about how wonderful this recipe is. Those King Arthur Flour folks sure do know what they're doing.