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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
Bacon and cheese crustless quiche
Mini fusion chicken quiches
Fritattas with ricotta, Parmesan and rocket
Mini souffle frittata
4. Savoury pies
Mini chicken pies
Easy savoury mince pies
5. Tarts and cakes
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.
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.
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