TWD: Oatmeal Breakfast (Bread) Muffins

by Holly on August 17, 2010

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I love oatmeal.  I really really do.  It stands to reason then that we really loved this week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie for the Oatmeal Breakfast Bread, as chosen by Natalie at Oven Love (who incidentally made muffins too 🙂

You all know by now I never leave well enough alone, but I had a decent reason this time for fiddling with the recipe.  I have come to realize that I don’t own any 9×5-inch pans.  None.  Nada.  The last time I attempted to make a recipe that called for a 9×5 pan (and all I have is 8 1/2 x 4 1/2) I thought, “oh, it can’t make that much of a difference, can it?”  I’m here to tell you.  It can.  It really really can.  Scrubbing the overflowing batter of the loaf that took over my oven is something I hope to never repeat.

So.  Since there is no extra fundage in the budget to go buy another pan, nor is there room in my cupboards, I decided to just adapt the recipe into muffins, which made 18 muffins.  I did decrease the amount of applesauce in the muffin by 1/4 cup, simply to make sure the muffins would be a bit more sturdy than the ‘soft, pudding-like’ consistency described in the book.  Oh, and SURPRISE! (NOT) I left out the dried fruit.

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The only other change I made was in the amount of topping.  The hubs and I have a bit of a running joke going about everything I bake these days.  Except, though it is funny, it really isn’t a joke.  The usual conversation goes something like this these days:

ME:  So, what do you think of the _______ (insert name of various baked good here – really doesn’t matter what it is… which is entirely the point 🙂


HIM:  It’s good.  But it needs nuts.  (Or, the only variation of this conversation is for something that already has nuts and then his response is always that it “Needs more nuts.”)

Without fail, this is pretty much all he says to me anymore.  So, in my defense to not have to have this same conversation again, I actually doubled the sugar and cinnamon for the topping, used dark brown sugar (it was what I had on hand) and tripled the amount of chopped pecans.  I used a heaping tablespoon of filling on top of each muffin and the ratio worked out just about perfectly.

My changes seem to have done the trick because he has been happily eating these muffins without any complaints – until next time I make something, I’m sure 😉

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Flourchild August 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

Im always asking my husband about my TWD recipes too! It makes life interesting, thats for sure!
Your muffins look great!

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Mary Ann August 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

Your muffins look really good with the extra topping. I bet they were delicious!

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Paula August 17, 2010 at 11:05 am

The muffins certainly make a prettier picture than the bread which I thought was rather unremarkable. We love nuts here too so I can identify with your conversations.

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Natalie August 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I definitely should have used more nuts- that husband knows what he's talking about! Thanks for baking with me, Holly!

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Pamela August 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Those muffins look incredible!! Extra streusel is never a bad thing and the extra nuts…YUM!

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Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] August 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Love the extra topping. It's what a muffin is there for, anyway 😉

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Jessica August 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Very pretty! I'm definitely making this into muffins next time!

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Di August 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I made muffins too. =) I loved the nuts on top (I actually used a different streusel, but it still had pecans), but my kids weren't too happy about it.

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Shandy August 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Great muffins! Love all that topping too. YUM!

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thewhimsicalcupcake August 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

these look fantastic!! now i have to make this bread into muffins with way too much steusel topping!!

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Barbara Bakes August 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Sounds healthy and delicious! No nuts, but plenty of dried fruit for me.

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Gourmified August 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Haaahaa! That's so funny! We have a running joke, too…though it's with foods tasting better if it had sausage in it. These men…

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Jess August 18, 2010 at 12:29 am

Pretty muffins! And extra nuts are always good – I agree.

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Clivia August 18, 2010 at 1:22 am

Triple the nuts sounds delicious! If my family had their way, it would be triple the chocolate chips on everything.

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Susan August 18, 2010 at 1:52 am

Seems like muffins were popular this week. Yours look great!! More nuts…good! 🙂

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Fallon August 18, 2010 at 1:53 am

The muffins look great! Love the extra crunchy/sweet topping.

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Rachel August 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

The muffins are super cute! And I'm sure the extra topping made up for the lack of dried fruit…

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Katy August 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Your muffins look great! I think my husband gets tired of the constant questions about the things I make, but he doesn't seem to get tired of the tasting part! I may have to make muffins the next I make this bread.

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Tammy August 19, 2010 at 12:01 am

I made muffins too – a bit more practical I think! Yours look great!! Harry is as gorgeous as ever – he is such a good little boy! I bet Kayla is just wonderful. Six months is a lovely age!! still struggling to juggle it all, but I dont think that will ever change! xxx

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Tammy August 19, 2010 at 12:01 am

I made muffins too – a bit more practical I think! Yours look great!! Harry is as gorgeous as ever – he is such a good little boy! I bet Kayla is just wonderful. Six months is a lovely age!! still struggling to juggle it all, but I dont think that will ever change! xxx

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Tammy August 19, 2010 at 12:01 am

I made muffins too – a bit more practical I think! Yours look great!! Harry is as gorgeous as ever – he is such a good little boy! I bet Kayla is just wonderful. Six months is a lovely age!! still struggling to juggle it all, but I dont think that will ever change! xxx

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Katrina August 19, 2010 at 3:49 am

Nice, perfect looking muffins. I'm all for the more nuts the merrier!

I made this into coffee cake.

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Nickki August 19, 2010 at 5:53 am

Your muffins look so delicious! LOL at your husband..obviously these were a bit hit!

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steph- whisk/spoon August 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm

i would be really happy to have one of these extra nutty muffins!

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TeaLady August 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

Typical answer in this household = "Needs more frosting!!" never fails…

But love the idea of muffins. That is how it will go next time.

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Cristie August 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Delicious! I am putting this on my "to make" list right now!

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