Tuesday, October 21, 2008

TWD: Pumpkin Muffins

From pumpkin muffins



Well, I'll make it short and sweet this week for a change...there are so many blogs now listed on Tuesdays with Dorie, I am sure everyone has a lot more reading these days! :)

Loving these Pumpkin Muffins, and I made them on a perfectly autumnal weekend! I even had my first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte over the weekend--the leaves are still gorgeous, and the extra blanket is on the bed: aahhh...October, how I love thee! What a perfect time for Kelly of Sounding my Barbaric Gulp to choose the Pumpkin Muffins! (Thanks, Kelly!)

Forgive me for making them plain as can be....I'm a purist with my pumpkin--don't dig on the nuts, raisins, etc add-ins to my pumpkin baked goods. I thought about doing them by the 'book', with the nuts and golden raisins, but knew that I would end up thinking "these would be great without.." so I refrained. (Actually, that's a lie--I was going to put craisins into half of the batter, then totally forgot...but I'm not too upset about it as I would have been doing that only to try to do SOMETHING interesting in light of the fact that everyone else will no doubt be doing fabulous things with this recipe I'm sure!)

The only issues I had were (1) the batter was super-duper thick, and I guess I wasn't sure if that was right or not--but they turned out excellent muffins, so I guess it's supposed to be that way (it reminded me of the thick batter from my Bundt cake). The 2nd issue was they did not rise consistently--and it's not even like half the pan was high, the other not (which would lead me to think it was uneven baking inside the oven). I think it may have been uneven scooping in my part?? Not sure--I'll show the highest and lowest profile I ended up with--all others fall in between...
From pumpkin muffins


Dear Husband loves them without any add-ins too, and so although they may seem rather boring to some, we like them (as Mark Darcy said to Bridget Jones), "just as they are." (well, no I guess to be exact, his quote is "just as you are.." but y'know what I mean...)

9 comments:

Cathy said...

Wow, Lis! The tall one looks great. And the short one looks great! And I bet all the ones in between looked great as well! I am SURE that uneven scooping could not have been the reason for the variations in your muffin size -- let's blame the pan or the oven, okay? Glad you you and hubs both liked these -- it is nice when you find someone with whom you are "muffin add-in" compatible.

lusciousfood.com said...

isn't that so strange, the way the rising happened! i wonder how that works. anyway, high or low they look just wonderful!

Pamela said...

Sometimes plain is the way to go, especially when you know what you like. They were pretty good with chocolate, though.

n.o.e said...

Well, I'd fit in well with you guys - can I come over and help you finish those plain muffins? That's the way I like my pumpkin baked goods too. Yours look pretty, no matter which height they turned out.
Nancy

TeaLady said...

Pumpking muffins and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Does that come in a tea flavor. The TALL one looks like it tastes better than the short one. More bites. Glad you liked the. They look yummy!

HoneyB said...

I love the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks - I recently found a recipe to make my own and am super happy with it! I'm also a chock full of nuts and raisin muffin - but I would probably eat the plain one in a heartbeat also! They look great!

Peggy said...

I would like to try that latte from Starbucks since everyone seems to enjoy it. I'm glad you liked them. they look great.

Liz said...

Your muffins have a beautiful crown! Even the shorty looks great. And bonus points for the Bridget Jones reference. I totally heard it in Colin Firth's voice!

Joy the Baker said...

I love a pumpkin purist! These looks divine!