Muffin tins are such handy things to have in your kitchen — obviously, they’re great for baking muffins, but they can also be used to make everything from uniformly perfectly round cookies to single-serving Yorkshire puddings. They also happen to be particularly useful at breakfast time, especially when you’re cooking for a crowd and need to streamline the process of making individual portions. Here are some ingenious ways to use muffin tins at your next breakfast gathering:

 

Baked eggs

Muffin tins are perfect for baking eggs: the eggs stay molded together, making them easy to stick inside of an English muffin for an effortless breakfast sandwich. This method is easy to follow and you can jazz it up with whatever add-ins you like.

 

Toad-in-the-hole

Toad-in-the-hole is basically sausage encased in Yorkshire Pudding batter and it is unbelievably delicious. Make mini toadies in a muffin pan — this recipe is so easy that it’s designed for you to invite your kids to help.

 

German pancakes

Puffy German pancakes are all the rage right now, and they’re even more fun when they’re made in miniature form with a muffin tin. Whip up a batch of these little cakes and serve them with your favourite fruit sauce or syrup.

 

Cinnamon rolls

What could be cuter than mini cinnamon rolls baked in a mini muffin tin? These rolls are made from frozen puff pastry (so no kneading) and are tiny enough that you can get away with eating two or three alongside some fruit and yogurt and still congratulate yourself for eating a healthy breakfast.

 

Hash brown cups

Packaged hash browns crisp up beautifully in a muffin tin and can be molded into a vehicle for any filling of your choosing. These cups are filled with bacon, mushrooms, spinach and cheese, but you can fill them with whatever you may be hankering for at breakfast time.

 

Granola cups

Granola and yogurt go together perfectly and if you use a muffin tin you can combine them into one hand-held treat. These little cups are easy to make and fit well on a brunch buffet. Feel free to experiment with your favourite nuts and dried fruit if you want to mix things up a bit.

 

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros work really well in muffin tins because you can press tortillas in to create cups that will cradle the eggs. Get a start on delectable Mexican-style eggs with this recipe.

 

Muffins

And, of course, a nice wholesome muffin also makes for a great breakfast! These raspberry muffins, studded with fruit and yogurt make for a filling portable breakfast to take with you when you’re on the go in the morning (or to bring to a friend to share over coffee).

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