Let yourself be tempted by these irresistibly soft and moist vanilla muffins, topped with a delicious vanilla glaze, perfect for enjoying at breakfast or for a sweet snack during tea time.
Vanilla muffins are delicious individual little cakes with an incomparable soft texture, and they are infused with a delicious vanilla flavor that makes them irresistible.
The composition of this vanilla muffin recipe is a perfect harmony of simple ingredients, flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and baking powder, delicately flavored with a vanilla bean, all combined to create these moist delights.
Their sweet flavor and fluffy texture make them an irresistible treat, perfect for enjoying at breakfast with a hot beverage, to satisfy a craving for sweetness at any time of the day.
Why you'll love this recipe
You need these ingredients to make this vanilla muffins recipe
Vanilla muffin batter
- Fats: Use a combination of softened unsalted butter and neutral vegetable oil for a moist texture and rich flavor.
- Sugar: Opt for extra-fine white granulated sugar for better incorporation into the batter, or experiment with the rich depth of flavor that brown sugar can bring to your muffins.
- Vanilla: Use a scraped vanilla bean, vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract for an intense flavor.
- Milk: Preferably use buttermilk for a softer texture, but you can check the recipe notes for appropriate substitutions like, regular milk, sour cream, or plain yogurt.
- Flour: Opt for all-purpose flour or cake flour to achieve the desired consistency in your muffins. Alternatively, you can use whole wheat flour for a more nutritious twist
- Leavening agents: Use a mixture of baking powder and baking soda for good rising and a light texture. (or replace the baking soda using only a sachet of baking powder)
- Salt: Opt for fine salt for better distribution in the batter.
- Powdered sugar: Opt for finely sifted powdered sugar to ensure a silky and lump-free glaze texture.
- Water: Carefully control the water quantity to attain your preferred glaze consistency, whether it's thick and creamy or thin and drizzly.
- Vanilla: Enhance the glaze's flavor with the richness of pure vanilla extract, adding a delightful depth and aromatic essence to your baked goods.
How to make the Best Vanilla Muffin Recipe
Here are some quick visual instructions. Don't forget that full recipe instructions with exact ingredients can be found in the recipe card below!
Step 1: Place the softened butter (or cooled melted butter), vegetable oil and extra-fine granulated sugar in a large bowl. And beat with a hand whisk or electric mixer for a good 1 minute until smooth.
Step 2: Add the eggs and vanilla seeds or vanilla bean paste and beat again for about 2 minutes to obtain a smooth, white mixture.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, mix and sift together the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Step 4: Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk alternately and in batches in the wet ingredients, mixing gently with a spatula until the mixture is smooth and a little thick and grainy.
- Preheat the oven to 220°C (430°F) and prepare a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- Pour the vanilla muffin batter into the paper liners in the muffin tin, making sure to fill them completely.
- Bake the muffins in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 180°C (350°F) and continue baking for about 10 more minutes until they are well-risen and golden.
- Let the vanilla muffins cool slightly in their molds before removing them and allowing them to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Place all icing ingredients, powdered sugar, vanilla seeds (or vanilla extract) and water in a medium bowl.
- Mix vigorously with a fork until smooth and fluid.
- Brush the vanilla glaze over the cooled muffins and enjoy with a cup of coffee!
- Afternoon Tea: Pair vanilla muffins with a traditional afternoon tea, complete with clotted cream, lemon curd, and a selection of teas.
- Dessert Delight: Top warm vanilla muffins with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with caramel or chocolate sauce for a delectable dessert.
- Party Platter: Arrange mini vanilla muffins on a platter for a delightful addition to a party or gathering.
- Picnic Snack: Take vanilla muffins on a picnic and enjoy them with fresh fruit, cheese, and your favorite beverages.
- Gifts and Favors: Wrap individual muffins in decorative packaging and give them as thoughtful gifts or party favors.
- Holiday Treats: Decorate vanilla muffins with festive frosting and sprinkles for a holiday-themed treat.
- Muffin Bar: Create a muffin bar at a brunch or gathering, offering various toppings like nut butter, honey, fresh berries, and whipped cream for guests to customize their muffins.
Storage and Freeze
At room temperature: Store your muffins under plastic wrap or in an airtight container for approximately 5 days, or you can also refrigerate them for up to 1 week.
Freezing: When the muffins are completely cooled, place them in freezer storage bags for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw gently at room temperature before warming them slightly in the oven.
FAQ - Recipe Questions
What is the most intense vanilla flavor to make these muffins?
The most intense vanilla flavor for making these muffins would be to use vanilla beans by scraping the seeds. Alternatively, you can use vanilla paste or homemade vanilla powder made from used vanilla beans ground into a fine powder. In a pinch, you can also use vanilla extrac or vanilla sugar, but it may yield a slightly milder vanilla flavor.
Can I use this recipe to make vanilla cupcakes?
Yes, you can use this recipe to make vanilla cupcakes. However, you'll want to fill the cupcake liners to about ¾ full to leave room for the cupcakes to rise and have a flat top, making it easier to add frosting or toppings.
Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk?
Yes, you can use regular milk as a substitute for buttermilk. To make a buttermilk substitute, simply add about 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of regular milk.
Stir the mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes before using it in the recipe. This will mimic the acidity of buttermilk and work well in most baking recipes.
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