A "Quirky" Review - The Coolest Muffin Tins Ever
What is "Quirky" trying to do?
The "Quirky" decorative muffin topper tin set is designed to add indentations to the tops of muffins during the baking process. These beautiful cavities can then be filled with delicious fruits, preserves, strudels, nuts, and any other combination of things to create a truly decadent treat! The creator, Hadar Ferris, boasts +3092 influences in her endeavor to invent the perfect muffin bake ware and has successfully achieved her goal. The silicone "caps" as well as the tins are dishwasher safe and the "caps" are oven safe up to 475° F. To see other "Quirky" products, visit their website at: www.quirky.com.
My Experience with "Quirky"
Over the river and through the woods, in a blue Toyota she came! My grandmother handed me a colorful set of muffin tins with strange silicone caps. Me, being the ultimate muffin lover, practically jumped up and down for joy when she presented me with this present; but having failed in the past with silicone bake ware, I was skeptical of the effectiveness of these caps. Eager to try anyway I woke up early and chose the most trustworthy muffin recipe in my arsenal right out of the Better Homes Cook Book. (http://www.bhg.com/recipe/sweet-rolls/muffins/) Following the directions as carefully as possible, I began my morning with raised eyebrows.
5 Easy Steps
All five steps are taken directly from the box:
1. "Fill muffin tins to the rim with your batter": My batter was very thick so I spooned the batter in and spread it evenly to the rim of the tin. Because my batter was so thick, it was strong and therefore popped a couple of the caps off the tins when they were in the oven. This seems like a problem, except for the fact that muffins are very resilient and as soon as they were out of the oven, I just pressed the caps back down into place and let them cool.
2. "Place Bake Shapes on top of tins": This was so much easier than I thought it would be! The caps snap right into the outer rim of the tins without excessive pressure or hassle. The lifting lip is awesome and completely works when the tins are hot and you need to get the caps off.
3. "Pop'em in the oven - the longer the crispier": My recipe asked me to bake the muffins at 400° F and took about twenty minutes. The muffins baked evenly in their tins and even though two of them popped their caps when rising, that problem was easily fixed.
4. "When ready, let cool before removing Bake Shapes": Contrary to my prior assumptions, the muffins didn't stick at all to the silicone. The caps came right off, and I didn't even wait until they were completely cool because I'm impatient. I was dazzled, the muffins had beautiful indentations and were perfectly cooked!
5. "Fill muffins with your favorite toppings and enjoy!": Thinking that I would inevitably mess something up before I got to this step, I was ill prepared to fill my muffins with my favorite toppings. In a daze a ran around the kitchen looking for anything I could put in these delightful creations. I scrounged up some preserves and a single apple from the basket and set out to make them delicious.
Additional Comments and Tips
1. Although the directions didn't specify, I greased the tins with a little PAM before filling them with batter. I did not, however, grease the caps and they worked perfectly fine on their own.
2. After removing the caps, I put the muffins back in the oven for a couple of minutes to crisp them up. This is not a required step, but just know that you can do that if you want.
3. The individual tin set up is wonderful. I can't even count how many times I have broken muffins trying to take them out of the connected muffin pans. This set up makes removing the muffins from the tins so much easier.
4. The tins and caps are really easy to clean, just run under warm water and get the excess batter off. They are dishwasher safe, but I didn't feel it was necessary to wash them with the rest of my dirty dishes.