I have made no fewer than 10 different muffin recipes over the last week and none even come close to replicating what I consider a real bakery style muffin. I'm looking for something that has a moist, tight crumb (almost creamy, if that makes any sense) and a top that explodes out of the cup with an impressive flourish.
The recipes I've tested range from all oil to oil and butter mixtures; milk to buttermilk to heavy cream; mix by hand to mix with mixer; baking at 350F to 400F but I just can't hit on the right combination. What I end up with is a puny product that is more like a cupcake than a muffin with utterly lackluster flavor.
My next test was going to involve sour cream and/or yogurt, but I'm getting sick of wasting ingredients and, quite frankly, the squirrels in my backyard are verging on obese.
Does anyone have an idiot-proof muffin recipe they are willing to share? Ideally, it would be a great base recipe with the ability to add in different zests, fruits and nuts.