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Nov 2, 2012 07:23 PM

Muffins stick inside the paper liners!

So I have this problem when I bake muffins with paper liners in the tins--when I peel them off, they take a lot of the muffin with it, including the nice brown part! The muffins are still tasty but it does seem like a shame to waste. Does anyone have a solution for this? Greasing the liners themselves? Not using liners at all and just greasing the tin? I have a non-stick tin but I don't really trust it to really non-stick. lol. I know this seems like a rookie question, especially for someone who's been baking muffins for years, but I'd really like to solve this annoying problem!

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  1. What's in your muffins? Are you going low/no fat? I don't use liners for muffins generally and things turn out well....

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    1. re: sandylc

      Definitely not low-fat! lol. I will try just greasing the tin. I'm just paranoid about them sticking in the tin. Peeling off wrappers along with part of the muffin is at least easier than digging them out when they're stuck in a tin! (Although that might only be a problem when you burn them--maybe childhood baking bloopers have spooked me out of doing something that's totally no problem for an experienced cook, which I am now.)

    2. Brush your muffin tins with melted butter, then put them in the fridge for 15 minutes. Repeat. Add batter and bake. Nothing will stick, guaranteed.

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      1. re: pikawicca

        Why the refrigeration? Just so the butter doesn't pool and leave some places ungreased?

        1. re: Lady_Tenar

          The chill allows you to do two coatings, assuring a non-stick surface.

      2. I make muffins a lot and don't ever use papers because I'm cheap. I just use non-stick spray on the pan. When I take them out of the oven, I let them sit for about 5-10 minutes, then take them out of the pan. Never have a problem.

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        1. re: jw615


          But when I did use paper and things stuck, we just ate the muffin off the paper. No waste! I find it more of an issue when they are hot. When they cool paper comes off more easily.

        2. I spray the liners with a little cooking spray.

          1. My muffin and cupcake problems went away when I started using silicon muffin cups. Now they pop out of the cups, and I don't even fiddle with the papers -- and the crusty brown bits stay on the muffin where they belong.