I failed at baking muffins with eggs
Above is a picture of the first two eggs to enter my household in FOUR years. I was so excited when I took the picture, better quickly capture this epic moment I thought. Finally! we might be introducing eggs back into our diets. These two eggs never made it into my family history books, instead they made it as far as my dustbin.
But wait a minute you say, aren’t eggs the default ingredient in baking? So how could I mess it up?
Not true for a person, who for the past four years, has baked perfectly airy sponge cakes without using any eggs and dairy. Try my crazy chocolate cake recipe that has no eggs, no dairy and no nuts and you will understand why.
Maybe I was too nervous when handling the eggs.
I even had trouble cracking them ??♀️. So nervous was I about having raw egg in the house, I washed all utensils that touched them with hot water after. Anyhow, my recipe tanked. I thought I could adapt my crazy chocolate cake vegan recipe by simply adding the eggs. I ended up with muffins so dry and tasteless, they were only worthy of use as torture instruments. Hit me up if you need a recipe to make some choking death muffins.
Luckily, I was smart enough to ask for 2 extra eggs from my mother in law.
For my second attempt, I used the tried and tested recipe provided by the hospital. The recipe and notes are further down below.
Was my paranoia with eggs warranted?
Corey’s severe egg allergy was diagnosed when he was 6 months old. At first we couldn’t figure out why the allergic reactions kept happening. Especially since he was breastfed and not eating solids yet. Then our allergist finally solves the mystery by postulating that his reactions were air borne. Our doctor’s favourite story is about how a grandmother who would eat soft boiled eggs every day, the come home and repeatedly infect her grandson when she kissed him. Egg protein allergens can linger in our breaths and in the air. This creates problems for those severely allergic to eggs (especially infants).
Total avoidance. “No going to food courts or kopitiams or anywhere where eggs are cooked”, our doctor said “If you can smell it, he can react”.
Comply we did. So for the past four years, not even a trace of real mayo has made it through our front door. If we so much as eat a fried egg outside, we would brush our teeth before going near him.
Life without eggs has been a blissful one
Going without eggs (and all forms of egg derivative) at home was one of the best decisions because while the past four years have been inconvenient, we finally have control over chronic eczema and severe allergic reactions.
So no regrets at all.
I do catch myself feeling sad once in a while when I realise he cannot enjoy pandan cake or nasi lemak which were staples of my own childhood.
But these days, the sad moments never last. I’m usually too busy laughing or screaming at the next antic my thriving cheeky monkey comes up with.
So why bother to challenge now?
While I have learnt to fully embrace our allergen friendly lifestyle, I am acutely aware of the challenges Corey will face as he grows up with these allergies. Like every allergy parent, I am deeply concerned about serious reactions that may occur while I am not present. Will his teachers remember how to administer the Epipen Junior? Will he remember to tell anyone once any discomfort occurs? Needing to know exactly how his allergies are developing is a huge impetus to action for me.
Moreover, a study done in Australia in 2012 showed that being able to tolerate baked egg, accelerates the development of regular egg tolerance compared to strict avoidance.
So since our recent skin prick test showed raw egg white to be similar to histamines levels, our doctor urged us to consider a hospital food challenge.
A tried and tested recipe for baked egg challenges that works
The Essence of a baked egg challenge is to have the egg baked at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time such that it alters the proteins that cause the allergic reactions.
It is also important to remember how much egg the child has consumed per muffin so that an accurate reading of the reactions can be recorded.
After my failed attempt, I had 2 eggs left to baked with. As such, I felt it best to follow the recipe given to me by the hospital exactly. It worked well and tasted good. Although I did end up with more than the listed 6 muffins due to my small muffin liners. But that’s an easy problem to fix because Corey just needs to eat more muffin to make up how much baked egg he needs to eat.
So here we are, with banana egg muffins that were a bit tad over baked, ready for anything that happens tomorrow at our challenge. Wish us luck and check back for our experience going for a food challenge in the hospital.
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- Yields 6 big muffins (1 muffin = 1/3 egg = approximately 2.2g baked egg protein)
- 1 cup all purpose flour (or flour substitute if wheat allergic)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup of sugar (or other sweetener)
- 1/4 tsp sale
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (ok to omit if do not like or do not have)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (ok to omit if do not like or do not have)
- 2 tbsp milk (if dairy allergic opt for plant based like soy, rice, oat etc)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil ( I used rice bran oil which has a high smoking point so it is good for baking(
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed bananas or Apple sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit (180 degrees celcius)
- line a muffin pan with 6 muffin liners
- mix together dry ingredients of flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients of mashed bananas or apples sauce, eggs, oil and milk.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Do not over mix.
- Pour the batter unto your muffin liners.
- Baked for 30 minutes or till golden brown and firm to touch.
If more than 6 muffins were made, be sure to take note of the total number of muffins made. Give this information to the Doctors so they can calculate the egg/per muffin ratio that your child needs to eat to pass the challenge. Bring all the muffins along with you if in doubt. Baking these for 30 minutes made them a little over baked. They rose beautifully then sank and turned a deep brown bordering on being over cooked. But a taste test revealed that they were moist inside.