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About These Pistachio Pudding Muffins

These pistachio pudding muffins are extremely moist and flavorful because of pistachio pudding combine! The pistachio pudding combine makes the muffin tops’ extremely crispy, all whereas maintaining the crumb extremely gentle and pillowy, with a picturesque pale inexperienced colour. The recipe additionally makes bakery model muffins, with big, sky-high, and extremely domed muffin tops!

For much more bakery-style muffin recipes with stunning muffin tops, take a look at these Banana Cinnamon Muffins and this Small Batch Blueberry Muffin Recipe!

Why You Ought to Make The Recipe

Listed here are all the explanations to make these bakery-style pistachio pudding muffins:

The recipe makes use of prompt pudding combine, an underrated baking ingredient that makes baked items extremely moist, gentle, and tender.

I lately learn this New York Times article where famous chefs credited instant pudding mix as the secret ingredient to their beloved baked goods. It jogged my memory of the time when, after attempting to reverse-engineer the pistachio muffin recipe at New York bagel store Tompkins Square Bagel, certainly one of their bakers conspiratorially admitted that the ingredient I used to be lacking was pistachio pudding combine.

Being considerably of a snob, I refused to imagine him. I as an alternative developed a pistachio muffin recipe with out the pudding combine, utilizing matcha and pistachio extract as a substitute (you possibly can see the recipe in my cookbook, Weeknight Baking). However I’m not going to lie—though my pistachio muffin recipe was good, it wasn’t as moist and gentle as their muffins with the pistachio pudding combine.

Ever since that dialog and attempting well-known recipes like this pistachio bundt cake and Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding recipe (each of which use prompt pudding combine), I’ve since come round to the ingredient. It truly is the key to additional flavorful and scrumptious desserts!

The pistachio pudding muffins retailer nicely and keep recent for days.

As a result of this pistachio pudding muffin recipe incorporates prompt pistachio pudding combine, the recipe stays extremely gentle and moist for days! Though you do lose the crispiness of the muffin prime, I nonetheless discover that the pistachio flavors intensify when the muffins sit in a single day.

Lastly, the recipe is enjoyable to make when you’re a newbie baker seeking to be taught extra superior (however nonetheless attainable!) baking strategies.

I can already see the salty commenters complaining about how this recipe takes too lengthy, and the way the quantity of labor it requires you is an excessive amount of. And I’m not going to lie—there are undoubtedly faster and simpler muffin recipes on the web. Particularly since this recipe instructs you measure out 10 egg whites, then whip them for nearly 10 minutes!

However I promise that the strategies are completely definitely worth the payoff. The recipe makes use of strategies you’d discover at any skilled bakery, and are the subsequent step to elevating your baked items from “selfmade” to “bakery-style”.

photo of a hand reaching for a pistachio pudding muffin

Substances and Substitutions

Now that I’ve satisfied you to make these pistachio pudding muffins, right here’s every thing that you must make the recipe:

Procuring Record For Pistachio Pudding Muffin Recipe

  • all-purpose flour
  • prompt pistachio pudding combine
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • buttermilk
  • pistachio extract
  • giant eggs
  • granulated sugar
  • canola oil

And let’s discuss some key components and potential substitutions:

Widespread Ingredient Substitutions For The Recipe

Listed here are widespread substitutions for the components within the recipe:

  • All-Function Flour. Substitute the all-purpose flour together with your favourite 1-1 Gluten Free All Function Flour (I like those by Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur Baking Company) to make the recipe gluten-free!
  • On the spot Pistachio Pudding Combine. I like to recommend utilizing Jell-O Instant Pistachio Pudding & Pie Filling for this recipe for the perfect and strongest pistachio taste. Nevertheless, I additionally used Kroger’s generic version throughout my recipe testing and the muffins got here out high quality.
  • Kosher Salt. You’ll be able to change the kosher salt within the recipe with desk salt. Simply use half the quantity listed within the recipe whenever you do!
  • Buttermilk. Try my put up on how you should utilize different components like yogurt and lemons rather than buttermilk!
  • Pistachio Extract. You’ll be able to usually purchase pistachio extract in specialty baking shops or online. I like to recommend LorAnn Oils Pistachio Extract. In a pinch, you possibly can skip the pistachio extract or use pure vanilla extract as an alternative… however your muffins received’t style as pistachio-y. It really is essential ti use it on this recipe!
  • Massive Eggs. You want a whopping 10 giant egg whites to make these muffins. If you wish to make life simple, you possibly can simply purchase egg whites in a carton (just like this generic version by Safeway). Try the FAQ for extra info on how one can use them!
  • Canola Oil. In a pinch, you possibly can change the canola oil with different impartial flavored oil like grapeseed, vegetable, and extra. If you wish to splurge and make these muffins EXTRA fancy, use pistachio oil!
close up photo of pistachio pudding muffin showing their domed muffin tops

How To Make Pistachio Pudding Muffins

Listed here are the essential steps to make these gentle and moist pistachio pudding muffins from scratch:

  1. Prep the components for the pistachio pudding muffins and muffin pan. (Prep Time: 10 minutes)
  2. Make the pistachio pudding muffin batter. (Work Time: quarter-hour)
    The recipe instructs you make the batter by whipping the egg whites for 8 minutes, or till tripled in quantity with a marshmallow meringue texture. Try the picture beneath to see the feel you’re aiming for!
  3. Portion the batter into the muffin pan. (Work Time: 10 minutes)
    This recipe instructs you to fill your muffin pan with a beneficiant portion of batter (6 Tablespoons per cavity). Use a 1-Tablespoon cookie dough scoop to fill every cavity evenly and effectively with the correct amount of batter. Try the picture beneath to see how a lot that you must fill every cavity—every paper liner ought to be full to the brim with batter. That is the key to sky-high domes!
  4. Bake the muffins. (Bake Time: 20 minutes)

Reference Images

When making the muffin batter, the recipe instructs you to whisk the egg whites with sugar in medium-high velocity for 8 minutes, or till thick, marshmallowy, and tripled in quantity. See the top consequence beneath:

photo showing the egg white whisking process of making pistachio pudding muffins

After including the moist components and dry components to the egg white combination, the batter ought to nonetheless be thick and fluffy. Nevertheless, it will likely be slightly looser:

photo showing the final mixed batter of the pistachio pudding muffins

Lastly, the recipe instructs you to fill every muffin cavity with 6 Tablespoons of batter. This quantity is often greater than what most recipes instruct you to make use of. In consequence, the muffin batter will fill every cavity virtually all the way in which to the highest of every paper liner/muffin cavity:

photo showing a muffin pan filled with pistachio pudding muffin batter before being baked

Recipe Troubleshooting and FAQ

Do I really want to make use of egg whites on this recipe? Can I take advantage of complete eggs as an alternative?

Sure, I get it. Egg costs are uncontrolled and this recipe instructs you to make use of a whopping 10 egg whites.

I want I might inform you to exchange the egg whites with complete eggs (you’d want round 3 giant egg whites to make up for the ten egg whites). However each time I did, the muffins got here out overly brown, with flat tops that have been sunken within the center. They nonetheless tasted okay, however I can’t complete heartedly advocate it!

How do I take advantage of egg whites from a carton within the recipe?

Within the Substances and Substitutions part above, I say that you should utilize egg whites from a carton as an alternative of recent eggs. To take action, measure out 1⅓ cups (11.35 ounces or 322 grams) of egg whites from the carton. Use as instructed within the recipe beneath.

What can I do with my leftover egg yolks?

Make Filipino Leche Flan—the recipe makes use of 12 egg yolks! You too can make these Egg Yolk Chocolate Chip Cookies or this Vietnamese Egg Espresso Recipe!

How To Retailer The Pistachio Pudding Muffins

The pistachio pudding muffins are finest the day they’re made—that approach, you get a crispy prime! Nevertheless, they are often wrapped individually in plastic wrap, or saved in an hermetic container or below a cake dome, at room temperature for as much as 2 days. Simply notice that their muffin tops will soften considerably.

Are you able to freeze pistachio pudding muffins?

Sure, however when you do, the tops will lose their crispiness. That’s, the muffins will nonetheless be tasty and gentle, with no crunch or crisp from their muffin tops.

To take action, comply with the recipe directions to bake the muffins. When you’ve turned them out of the muffin pan, cool them fully to room temperature. As soon as cool, individually wrap every muffin in two layers of plastic wrap. Freeze for as much as 3 months.

When able to serve, thaw in a single day within the fridge. Rewarm by inserting the muffins on a parchment-lined sheet pan, and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.

photo of three pistachio pudding muffins on a marble tabletop

Pistachio Pudding Muffins Recipe

yield: 20 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Work Time: 25 minutes

Bake Time: 20 minutes



  • 2 ¾ cups (12.35 ounces or 350 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) field prompt pistachio pudding combine
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups (12 ounces or 340 grams) buttermilk
  • 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces or 283 grams) canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pistachio extract
  • 10 giant egg whites
  • 2 ½ cups (17.5 ounces or 496 grams) granulated sugar


  • Prep the oven and pans. Place a rack within the heart of the oven and preheat the oven to 425°F. Line two muffin pans with paper liners.

  • Combine the dry components. In a medium bowl, whisk collectively the flour, prompt pistachio pudding combine, baking powder, and salt.

  • Combine the moist components. In one other medium bowl, whisk collectively the buttermilk, oil, and pistachio extract.

  • Whisk the egg whites and sugar. Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites. Whisk on low velocity for 1 minute, then add the sugar. Flip the mixer as much as medium-high and whisk for 8 minutes, or till thick, marshmallowy, and tripled in quantity.
  • Combine the moist components, adopted by the dry components, into the egg combination. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the underside and sides of the bowl, and swap the whisk attachment with the paddle attachment. With the mixer on low, slowly pour within the moist components, and beat till simply mixed.Scrape down the underside and sides of the bowl, then progressively add the dry components and beat till simply mixed.
  • Assemble the muffins. Use a cookie dough scoop to fill every cavity with 6 Tablespoons (round 3 to three.15 ounces) of the batter. Pour heat water into the empty cavities of the muffin pan, filling them no less than ⅔-rds of the way in which up.

  • Bake the muffins. Bake for 20 minutes, or till the muffins are domed and a skewer inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with just a few crumbs hooked up. Cool within the muffin pan on a wire rack for five minutes, then flip the muffins out onto the rack to chill barely.

  • Serve and retailer. Serve heat or at room temperature. The muffins might be wrapped individually in plastic wrap or saved in an hermetic container or below a cake dome at room temperature for as much as 2 days.

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Over the previous a number of years of working Hummingbird Excessive, I stored an important side of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extraordinarily demanding job within the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I lastly reveal the secrets and techniques to baking scrumptious desserts on a decent schedule.