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A bakery hack for sky-high muffins

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There's an infinite number of ways to achieve a perfectly perky muffin, from not overmixing batter to using jumbo molds or fancy industrial ovens. But as a former professional baker, I'm here to share one more trick that helps muffins rise to the occasion. And it all has to do with how you fill — scratch that — how you don't fill the muffin tin.

I learned this clever practice when I worked at Levain Bakery in New York City. Instead of filling every cavity, like most recipes tell you to, use every other cavity. At the bakery, we'd generously spray the pans with Pam, add fat plops of batter, and be rewarded with super-domed muffins. Kind of like an Alice in Wonderland toadstool, only made of tender cake and studded with jammy blueberries.

Though I never got access to Levain's top-secret cookie recipe, learning this muffin trick was the next best thing. It's missing from most cookbooks I've read — have you seen this anywhere........

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