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Oct 6, 2009 12:26 PM

Can I halve a recipe for muffins?

I want to make Ellie Krieger's healthy pumpkin muffins, which I've made many times in the past, but I want to make half of the recipe instead of the whole thing. Even though they are "healthy" they are really tasty and I can't have so many around!

Can I successfully halve every ingredient to make half a dozen instead of a dozen muffins?

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  1. I made this before and halved it... just make sure you add some water to any empty cups in the muffin pan.

    Easier though to make the whole recipe and freeze some. I bring them to work and microwave for about 30 seconds.

    3 Replies
    1. re: cheesecake17

      I always add water to the empty muffin cups because my junior high home ec teacher said to. But I don't exactly know the reason.

      In my exerience, you can halve any recipe unless it has an odd number of eggs. Then it gets a bit tricky.

      1. re: NYCkaren

        The reason is to prevent the pan from racking (warping). It is also best to space the filled cups equally - if doing 6, fill the 3 cups at each end, if doing 8, fill each side and leave the middle ones empty. In most recipes, you don't need to worry a whole lot about a half an egg. Either just spoon a little out after beating a single egg, or use either the yolk or the white. Or look at your eggs and pick the smallest one - often there's a variation in size. I assume that the packers, with a standard of 2 oz. for a large egg, balance a smaller with a larger so that the total carton has 24 oz.

        1. re: NYCkaren

          So that the pan doesn't ruin, like GG mentioned.

          I was always taught to fill the middle section of the pan before the outer edges.. not sure why though.. something about cooking more evenly.

      2. No problem - or you can use a mini-muffin tin, which will give you 12 small instead of 6 regular. Check the oven at 10 minutes and turn them onto a cooling rack as soon as they come out of the oven.

        1. Thanks for all your tips! I'll probably make them tonight and report back soon.

            1. re: jeniyo

              I don't have it with me right now, but if you search for Ellie Krieger's pumpkin muffins, I'm sure it will come up. I make some substitutions: instead of molasses I use honey, and instead of buttermilk, I use plain yogurt. Only because I always have honey and yogurt on hand. They still taste great and are healthier than regular muffins.

            2. I successfully made half a recipe of pumpkin muffins! I alternated filling cups with batter and water so the whole tray was full. I also added walnuts and frozen leftover cranberries and they were delicious!