urmaniac13, one way to get the effect you are looking for is to take a narrow metal spatula, dip it in a vegetable oil and stick it into the center of the top of the batter in each muffin. After making the first dip turn the spatula slightly and dip again to make an X form on each muffin. Bake as normal and it will make the muffins expand up and over on the sides like you want. I learned this working in bakeries many years ago.
Welcome to the family Urmainiac!! We're glad you're here.
How lucky you are to live in Rome! We were there about 7 years ago ( heat was horrid!!) but, we had such a great time. The views and the food are beyond compare.
We camped out at "HAPPY CAMPING" not to far from St. Peters. There's a small or was a small diner there... oh GOODNESS the dinner we had that night was to die for. Thanks for making me remember it all.
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