Tuesday, October 21, 2008
TWD - pumpkin muffins
The TWD recipe this week is Pumpkin Muffins and was chosen by Kelly of Sounding my Barbaric Gulp. I love pumpkin muffins. When Mum and Dad first moved to Christchurch and I would go home for university holidays, there was a bakery in the arts centre which sold the most amazing pumpkin chocolate muffins. There were just delicious – spicy and pumpkiny with big chunks of chocolate. I was given a recipe a few years ago that was meant to be the one, but although delicious, they never quite tasted the same!
Ironically I got to bake Dorie’s pumpkin muffins in Christchurch as I went home for the weekend and made them to go with lunch on Sunday when my sister, brother –in-law, niece and nephew and Grandma came over for lunch. Apparently in the States you can get canned mashed pumpkin which is what the recipe used – we don’t get that here and I would be interested to know what consistency canned pumpkin is! Anyway, I steamed some pumpkin and mashed it for the muffins. The muffins also had raisins in them, which as you know, I don’t like! So I substituted chocolate chips. They also had nuts and I used pecans. The muffins were quite spicy with a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice added.
The muffins were a complete hit in my family from my 7 year old nephew, Griffyn (pictured about to bite into one!) to my 84 year old Grandmother. Grandma even took a couple with her when she visited her friend in the afternoon, and her friend, Betty, loved them too. I will definitely make these again. We all loved the spiciness, the moistness of the pumpkin and the crunch of the pecans.
See what the other TWDers thought here and check out the recipe on Kelly’s blog.