The main ingredients for making muffins can be usually found in any well-stocked pantry, but when you get that muffin craving, do you suddenly find that you do not have a muffin pan? Luckily, there are a couple of easy ways for how to make muffins without a muffin pan. It does not take a lot of effort or use of equipment that is hard to find. So whether you want to bake a fresh batch of muffins early in the morning for breakfast or late at night for a midnight snack, I am here to show you that with enough will and baking know-how, there is a way!
How to Make Muffins with Muffin Liners
If you have ever made muffins or cupcakes before, then you most likely have a packet of muffin liners stashed somewhere in your kitchen. The muffin liners are typically made of paper or foil and, if you have ever baked muffins before, you would normally place them in the muffin pan. Those muffin liners are going to come in handy since your current situation is that you have no muffin tin.
Muffin liners, particularly the ones made of foil, are stiff enough so they can stand on their own in the oven. If you are worried that they might burn, they will not – as long as you do not overbake, of course. If you have any leftover muffin or cupcake liners from a previous bake, you can use them for how to make muffins with a muffin pan.
To bake muffins using only muffin liners, layer two or three muffin liners. Line them up on a sheet pan, making sure there is enough space in between each. If you want extra stability or do not have enough muffin liners to make a double liner, you can use jar lids. If you have some mason jars lying around, take the rings off of the lids. Place the muffin liner in the center of the ring. The ring should be able to hold it in place, so you do not have to use two layers of muffin liners. Fill each muffin liner according to the recipe and bake as the recipe dictates.
If you do not have any muffin liners, do not worry! Here is how to make muffins without a muffin pan using liners. Muffin liners are much easier to come up in a pinch than a whole muffin pan. Use mold baking paper, parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil – the stiffer the material, the better. Use the bottom of a glass or teacup and mold the paper around the bottom so that you get the right height.
Now that you know how to make muffins without a muffin pan, by simply using muffin liners, you should be able to enjoy muffins at any time.
How to Make Sheet Pan Muffins
Cooking muffins with no muffin pan has never been easier than the sheet pan method. However, it is important to remember that when you use this method, you will not get the traditional shape of muffins. You will still get a tasty muffin, though! In fact, if you try this method, you may end up liking sheet pan muffins more. What you get is a giant muffin top and crispy edges. Sheet pan muffins are also much easier to serve and eat. So if you want to surprise and impress your family and friends, serve them up some sheet pan muffins.
All you need to do is a sheet pan lined with parchment paper that reaches the edges of the pan or a sheet pan that is greased well. Simply pour the batter onto the sheet pan and bake according to your recipe’s instructions. Once your sheet pan muffin is done baking and is cooled, slice it in squares or even in fun shapes. Not only do you now know how to make muffins without a muffin pan, you no longer have to worry about portions and pulling out one muffin at a time!
My Favorite Blueberry Muffin Recipe
Now that you know how to make muffins with a muffin pan, here is a recipe you can try. Test these methods out and reward yourself with some incredible, tasty muffins!
- 2 cups (256 grams) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (245 grams) milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you are using the muffin liner method, layer two or three muffin liners and place them on top of a sheet pan.
- If you are using the sheet pan method, line the sheet pan with parchment paper, making sure the paper goes up to the sides of the pan. Or, grease the sheet pan well with butter or oil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Add the blueberries and fold them in gently.
- If you are using the muffin liner method, pour the batter in even portions into the muffin liners.
- If you are using the sheet pan method, pour the batter onto the sheet pan and smooth it into an even layer using a spatula.
- Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
- If you are using the sheet pan method, cut the cooked batter into squares.
Muffins make a quick and delicious breakfast or a yummy snack. Not having a muffin tin should not stop you from enjoying muffins. I hope you can enjoy one right now since you just learned how to make muffins without a muffin pan. With the most basic kitchen tools and equipment, nearly anything is possible, including delectable muffins at any time of the day! Find out more about muffins.