Today's Tuesday's With Dorie recipe was pumpkin muffins--festive for fall!
I had to use this picture, because how cute is Sam's little hands reaching for a muffin! And then if you look closely on the next one, his little nose and mouth sneaking in there!
I opted to change a few things in the recipe because I just can't talk myself in to putting a whole stick of butter in 12 muffins when I know they are good much lighter. SO, the changes I made from the recipe you can get on Kelly's link above or in Dorie's book are that I used 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of 1/2 cup butter. I also used 1 cup unbleached flour and 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour instead of 2 cups all purpose flour. I used 1/2 cup Egg Beaters w/touch of yolk instead of 2 large eggs, and 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in place of the nutmeg and allspice (I can't find my nutmeg!)
With half the batter, I used the mix-ins that Dorie suggests, pecans and raisins. With the other half of the batter, I added 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips. Since I have a pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, I already knew it would be good and although the pecans and raisins WERE good, I wish I would have just done the whole thing with chocolate chips--there's just something about that combo! I would have covered all the muffins with sunflower seeds, but mine were salted and roasted and seemed a little stale, so I'm glad I only did two muffins. The other four from the half nutty batch, I sprinkled some pecans on top and left the six chocolate chip muffins as is--they didn't need anything else! Good muffins, thanks for the pick, Kelly!
On another note, I'm SO bummed! I have been waiting for my 100th post to come up and at last count, I had 69. I remembered to check yesterday and doggone it, this is my 112th post! Oops! I meant to make a big deal of it and have a giveaway and such, but will have to wait on that. Come back, the giveaway may be soon! ;)
And look at this pizza I made on Sunday. I got the idea from fellow food blogger, Lisa at Jersey Girl Cooks, when she made and posted a good lookin' BLTA sandwich recently. I loved that she mixed balsamic vinegar, mayo and avocado together for the spread on the sandwich, so I put some balsamic in some mayo and spread it on the whole wheat thin crust pizza crust I'd bought. I then covered that with some deli turkey, a bit of Kraft 2% Mozz. cheese (only about 1/2 cup for the whole pizza), sliced tomato, pieces of crumbled bacon, some chopped avocado and lettuce. (I broiled it in the oven for about five minutes to melt the cheese before adding the avocado and lettuce.) I really liked it! Thanks for the idea, Lisa, I will probably always add a little balsamic to my BLT mayo now and can't wait to try the avocado spread on a sandwich! Yum!