Yield: Yields 24 muffins
These slightly sweet treats are a delicious cross between a muffin, a pancake, and a soufflé. Egg whites beaten to stiff peaks help them rise, and buttermilk gives them tang.
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Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Liberally spray two 12-cup muffin pans with the cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a large, clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed to firm (but not dry) peaks, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the mixer on medium-high speed until thick, ribbony, and lemon-yellow, about 6 minutes. Add the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla; mix on medium-low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add one-third of the dry ingredients and mix on low speed. Add one-third of the buttermilk and mix to combine. Alternate adding the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk, ending with the buttermilk and mixing until just combined.
With a large rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter, leaving some streaks.
Scoop about 1/2 cup of the batter into each muffin cup—you can fill the cups to the rims. Bake, rotating the pans after 10 minutes, until browned on top and puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out dry, 20 to 25 minutes total.
Make Ahead Tips
You can make the batter up to 2 hours ahead through the step of folding in the beaten egg whites. Refrigerate it, covered, in its bowl. Do not portion it into muffin tins until you’re ready to bake.
Freeze any leftover muffins in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 2 weeks.
Perfect! I followed the directions for the muffins exactly and everyone loved it. They were light and fluffy. I did not cook the strawberries and syrup together. I served them with fresh sliced strawberries and maple syrup.
Haven't tried yet, looks delicious. But would like to know if they could be made using Ramekins in place of muffin tins.
Don't let the airy consistency of these muffins fool you. They are rich even without the maple-strawberry syrup. These are better as mini muffins baked at 385 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, rotating once. We thought they were also better with a little powdered sugar & fresh berries only. The syrup made them entirely too sweet! Prepare the batter ahead of time to make it easier. They are a pretty presentation for a brunch & can be paired with many different things. I definitely recommend them. You could also just use 2 or 3 out of the 6 egg yolks if you choose to make them a tad lighter.
Made these this morning and everyone loved them! I can't understand the comments because not only did these rise beautifully, they tasted great -- just like pancakes -- and held up well on a brunch buffet. Followed the recipe as written with perfect results.
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