Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tuesday with Dorie - Pumpkin Muffins
It's Tuesday with Dorie again, and this week, our host is Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp! Kelly has chosen Dorie's Pumpkin Muffins, a recipe which Dorie in turn borrowed from Sarabeth Levine.
These are large, puffy muffins full of pumpkin, spices, walnuts and raisins, and decorated with a smattering of sunflower seeds for texture. When I saw the quantity of batter, I couldn't believe that I would only get twelve muffins out of it, but sure enough, I did. The muffins puffed out over the top of the muffin holes just a tad during baking, giving them a charming, old-style, rustic look.
They don't sell canned pumpkin here, but I had pumpkin puree left over from the pumpkin cranberry bread that I had made for The World Day of Bread, and that worked just fine. I made the muffins exactly as it said in the recipe, just to see what they would be like as intended - I can always play later.
I liked the flavour of these muffins - I enjoyed one au naturel at room temperature, and it was good as is. The flavour was not overly sweet, and I am a fan of both raisins and pumpkin, the flavours of which were enhanced by the spices, and they were pleasantly moist inside. A few people of my acquaintance claim not to like pumpkin or raisins or both, so I don't know if they would even try these, but that would be their loss! In any event, these muffins are all mine - I am not sharing on this occasion. They will be my workday morning tea until they run out.
These muffins would be perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving, if you are in the US, being orange and full of harvest-style goodness. However, as an Australian, I am more than happy to enjoy them for no better reason than TWD. Bon appetite!
Thanks to Kelly for hosting TWD this week. You can find the recipe for these muffins on her site or in Dorie's book, and you can check out the variations on these muffins by visiting the TWD blogroll.