5 Awesome things you should be cooking using a muffin pan

They make a super versatile piece of kitchen equipment!

by: Mandy Blankenberg | 02 Feb 2017
 

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Muffin pans have always been used for baking muffins but it turns out they can more useful than anticipated. Their equally divided compartments makes it easier to dish portions, add a little creativity to the table, and simply to save up more space.

They can be useful kitchen gadgets when you urgently need a suitable holder to bake mini quiches, savoury pies or cupcakes etc. You could even take your creativity a step further by implementing them as part of your decoration for your kids' birthday party decorations. If a get-to-together over a barbecue is on your agenda use the tray for all your condiments.

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When the inspiration hits - be sure to put these on your to-do list:

1. Breakfast eggs

Polenta and egg cups

Egg-filled breakfast muffins

Bacon nests with egg, spinach and feta



2. Quiches

Bacon and cheese crustless quiche

Mini fusion chicken quiches


3. Frittata

Fritattas with ricotta, Parmesan and rocket

Mini souffle frittata

4. Savoury pies

Mini chicken pies

Vegetable pies

Easy savoury mince pies


5. Tarts and cakes

Bobotie tarts

Milk tart phyllo cups

Goat's cheese and thyme turnip cakes



Other handy uses for muffin pans...


6. If you'd like to spare time on extra dishes you might want to use muffin-pans as provider for your food condiments for your barbecue or salad. It's also a great way to limit portions as mums can fill the cups with assorted snacks for kiddies to enjoy. 

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7. This is an ingenious way to reorganize your fruits and veg bucket. It will also help keep fruits fresh from overly ripe ones.

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8. They serve as great citrus ice cubes - for a pleasant refreshing drink on scorching on Summer's day. 

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9. Muffinpans used as a serving tray can reduce spills more than a conventional tray. It's convenient and almost everyone can carry it around!

Tip: Place the muffin tray in a basket to make it suitable for younger children to carry around. 

10. Are you having a kiddies party on the agenda? Instead of using different holders, throw different snacks in each compartment for a more variety.

Tip: To incorporate the muffin pan to your theme use similar (user friendly) spray paint to make it blend in. 

Do you have a fun, unusual way of using a muffin pan that we haven't mentioned? SHARE it with us in the comments section below or tweet us @Food24!

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