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joanielspeak Mar 3, 2010 03:07 PM

I just bought a 6 pack of glazed ceramic muffin pots. They are about the size that would produce jumbo muffins. They are ceramic and glazed on the exterior and interior. There was no other info in the pack (I thought their would be). They are shorter than normal terra cotta flower pots.

I attached a photo. In it you can see the stack of muffin pots. Next to the one in the front are a standard muffin liner and a mini muffin liner for size comparison.

I am wondering if anyone knows what you adjust baking time to when cooking in ceramic? Also, should you alter temperatures in recipes or grease the ceramic in any way? I have never worked with glazed ceramic cookware and was looking for advice.

I was hoping to use these to make flavored muffins and mini cakes for a mother's day tea party i am throwing for my mother this year.

Thanks!

 
  1. greygarious Mar 3, 2010 04:05 PM

    The term is new to me but since they are decorated, it's clear that what is baked in them can/should also be served in them. They look to be the same volume (about 6 oz) as a typical ramekin. Individual molten chocolate cakes, fruit crisps, custards, and puddings come to mind.
    As for baking muffins/mini-cakes, you may need to add a little time in order for the pots to heat up. The best sign to look for is the cake pulling away from the interior of the pot.

    1. bushwickgirl Mar 3, 2010 11:57 PM

      I'm with grey, your pots look like cake pans I've seen mini-cakes baked and served in, decorated as flowers to resemble flower pots, for showers and parties. They can be used for anything you would use a ramekin for.
      Glazed ceramic like yours can be placed into a heated oven from the freezer without fear of cracking and don't need any oven temperature adjustment. Think of cooking in a ceramic casserole dish or pie plate. Ceramic cook/bake ware retains heat, diffuses heat evenly and doesn't have the hotspot problem, like metal and glass. Ceramic glazed bakeware (Porcelain) is non-stick but I would hit your pots with a bit of Pam or whatever you use for lubrication, just to be sure, as your's are most likely glazed Terracotta (earthenware.)
      As far as baking times, it would be very close to a normal baking time, but as with any baked product, i don't rely on the timer, rather, I check the baked goods towards the end of the baking period, before the timer goes off. Use a toothpick to check for doneness and as grey suggested, the cake will start to pull away from the interior of the pot when almost done.
      I wouldn't use them on top of the stove and don't put them in the diswasher, hand washing is recommended for earthernware.

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        Lsh0555 Apr 3, 2010 01:27 PM

        Where did you get your muffin pots. I have a set I use all of the time, probably 4-5 time per week. I am looking for a set for my mother and can't find them anywhere. I always bake my muffins 375 degrees for 25 minutes regardless of the directions on the box. My booklet says that the temperature should not exceed 375. A box of muffin mix makes all 6 and a bag of muffin mix makes 3. I ALWAYS spray my cups. My son made muffins once and he didn't spray them. Was not fun to clean. Once they are done, I use a pearing knife around the edge to loosen and they come right out. After the empty pots cool, I put water in them and let them soak. Just don't put water in them while they're hot, they'll break. Hasn't happened to me but don't take a chance.

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          greygarious Apr 3, 2010 01:37 PM

          on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Flower-Pot-Muffin...

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            Lsh0555 Apr 5, 2010 07:40 AM

            I saw these. They are not what I am looking for. These are terra cotta. I asked the seller if they are glazed on the inside and they are not. Mine are more like stoneware and glazed on the inside. Kind of like these http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...
            Thanks for looking for me. I've been searching hours. Hoping to find some before Monther's Day.

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              greygarious Apr 5, 2010 08:15 AM

              Is there a Christmas Tree Shops store in your area? It seems like this is the type of thing they would carry. Also Joann's farbic/craft stores, which carry a lot of seasonal bakeware.

        2. todao Apr 3, 2010 01:48 PM

          Just be certain they're food safe. Some glazed earthenware pots contain lead.
          http://www.environment.gov.au/atmosph...

          1. Cheese Boy Apr 4, 2010 11:53 PM

            Google search "Flower Pot Bread" and "Clay Pot Bread" for recipes. FRUIT breads like Italian panettone are fun to bake with clay, and yours would just be "mini" versions of them. That's all. And, if you're disappointed with the results, it's amazing what a little Nutella can do to those little fruitbread babies.

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              ksirafos Jun 14, 2010 04:52 PM

              I purchased the same pots as joanielspeak does anyone know how much batter I should put in each one? i would like them to puff out the top but not over flow.
              Thanks for any help.

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                lady106 Jul 26, 2010 01:25 PM

                I love my pots...I need to get more but where I bought them doesn't have any more...anyboday have any suggestions.....I fill mine half way up...The make the best muffins!

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                  backwardcat Mar 18, 2011 09:12 AM

                  I always use 1/3 of a package of muffin mix(the bag ones) in each cup. I spray the inside of the cup with cooking oil, but have had no significant problem when I didn't. For mixes that normally bake in 13-15 minutes, the baking time in the pots will be about 20 minutes, but the best thing to do is to check with a knife or toothpick when the tops appear brownish.

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                  backwardcat Mar 18, 2011 09:06 AM

                  I have a set of these pots I bought in England in the 90's. I use them frequently, including the last 3 days in a row. I'd like to buy some more. Where did you get them in the US? Thanks.

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                    joanielspeak Mar 18, 2011 09:22 AM

                    I bought mine at a shop called "Christmas Tree Shops". They are owned by Bed Bath & Beyond. They are kind of like a discount bargain store and the goods change frequently to match the season. I haven't seen any pots in there in a while though. I bought these a year ago.

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