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.


16 comments:

Ivy said...

It seems that there is a pumpkin fever all over the blogosphere. I need to go and buy some pumpkin tomorrow. They look lovely.

Marthe said...

Your muffins look great! I liked these more than I thought I would!!

Tammy said...

your muffins look perfect.

Lorraine E said...

I love pumpkin in baked items, it makes them so moist with such a lovely subtle but definitely present flavour (and who doesn't love that colour). These look great and I like the addition of spices, walnuts, raisins and sunflower seeds!

The Blonde Duck said...

Man I've been craving pumpkin muffins all week! What are you doing to me? What, I say? What!?!?!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Ivy, I have made so many things containing pumpkin lately that I am about pumpkined out.

Thanks Marthe - I am with you - I was kind of iffy about these befor making them, but they taste great.

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Good morning dear! sorry for the long absence but sometimes I really have so many commitments that I have to dedicate all of myself in them!
Wow these muffins have a stunning colour and I'm sure they are fantasticly tasty!
have a fantastic day hun!
Silvia

pinkstripes said...

Your muffins look perfect.I know Dorie said these taste best right out of the oven , but I thought they tasted better the next day when all the flavors blended.

Barbara said...

What gorgeous orange muffins!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look so tasty. I wish I had a big one to break up this never ending work day!

The Caked Crusader said...

I love it when muffins dome like that - just makes them more inviting! I also love the colour of them - they've stayed pumpkin coloured! Delish

Sandy Smith said...

Yum - your muffins look like they came out perfectly!

Dee said...

Ooh, they do look delish! We don't celebrate Halloween here, but my greed's a good enough reason to make these!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Mmm, your kitchen must've smelled so good when these were baking!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Sylvia - glad to hear you are having a good time.

Hi Pinkstripes - agreed.

Thanks Barbara :)

LOL Blonde Duck - I know what you mean!


Hi Crusader - the colour is one of my favourite things about these muffins.

Thanks Sandy :)

Hi Dee, absolutely!


Hi Nate 'n' Annie, it sure did!

Rosie said...

Those muffins look gorgeous!

Rosie x