Tuesday, October 21, 2008

TWD Pumpkin Muffins

Today's Tuesday's With Dorie recipe was pumpkin muffins--festive for fall!

This recipe can be found on page 13 of Dorie's book, Baking From My Home To Yours.  You can also find this recipe here.  It was chosen by Kelly at Sounding My Barbaric Gulp.  Good seasonal choice!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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17 comments:

Kayte said...

Oh, I love all your little suggestions and tips...I am so NOT creative that I depend on people like you to tell me these things so I can go, "Ah...yes, that would be great!" So, thanks! Your muffins look wonderful, and the photo with the hand in it was charmingly sweet...thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

The muffins look great on your festive tablecloth. Glad you liked the mayo. Congrats on your 112th post :)!

Megan said...

Wow - lots of creative substitutions! Glad you liked them though - and on a separate note, I can't wait to try the HBE cookies!

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

Way to go making the muffins even more healthy. They look beautiful! And the BLT pizza is one of my favorites at California Pizza Kitchen so that looks really good!

Pamela said...

Love the pictures of Sammy's little hand reaching and then his little lips and nose peeking in! Great shots. The muffins look great. I'm over 100 posts, too. I hope to do a giveaway sometime soon.

Jaime said...

i should have added chocolate chips, too!

fyi - i'm weird about nuts ;) i dislike most nuts except peanuts. i will eat peanuts in select things (like snickers) and i love PB. and although i hate almonds i will eat almond roca :) i guess i never thought of sunflower seeds as nuts ;) i will also sit there and shell pistachios and eat them, but i don't like them when they're added into things. weird huh? :)

Karen said...

What great suggestions for lightening these up! Your little one is adorable reaching for the muffins!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Happy 112th post!!!! Lol!
Can you blame Sammy for trying to get one of those muffins or smelling them! I would have added chocolate of course as well!
Nice pizza!!! I love doing pizza at home!

lusciousfood.com said...

ohhhhhh......those plump little baby fingers! wow, that made me have a little ache, seeing them. my baby is 21, but i remember those little fingers.

Claire said...

These muffins DO look really good. I just love pumpkin muffins. And those little fingers and lips are just too cute!

Kevin said...

Those muffins look good! I like the changes that you made.

Peggy said...

dang that pizza looks good. So do your muffins. And I love giveaways. I'm giving one next week so be sure to leave me a comment! :)

Joanna said...

omg how good to those muffins look! i love the little hand in the picture! i'm a big pumpkin fan and love that you added chocolate chips. they must've tasted amazing right out of the oven.

TeaLady said...

Nice texture on the muffins. They look very tasty. Nice job. Yummy!

eatme_delicious said...

Gorgeous muffins! I can't wait to try these out. I love your healthy modifications.

Anna said...

Those are some nice looking pumpkin muffins!

AmyRuth said...

You have a precious family and you will always have the love of those boys. Awesome. Mommy's and their sons! Its special.

Agreed...choc chips are the best addition. Great Photos and glad you enjoyed.
AmyRuth