TWD: Pumpkin Muffins

by Holly on October 21, 2008


You know the really great thing about joining in with a group like Tuesdays with Dorie, where the choice of what to make is out of your hands? It forces you, if you are brave enough to just go for it, to try things you know you otherwise would not have tried to make. Today’s recipe choice for the Pumpkin Muffins in Baking From My Home To Yours, as chosen by Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp, is a perfect example of this for me. Why? Well, I don’t like pumpkin. Right? Right? {{crickets chirping}}


I wasn’t excited to make this recipe. At all. Even as I was making these I wasn’t excited, but I knew I was going to do it anyway and just put some faith in some others and go for it. Oh. Oh oh oh. I am SO glad that I did. I loved these.

Now, obviously there are no raisins in our muffins, but seriously, you didn’t expect to see them here did you? I replaced the raisins with some mini chocolate chips. The only other changes I made were to replace the allspice in the recipe with some ground cloves, really just because I didn’t have any allspice on hand and didn’t want to make a run to the store. I also sprinkled raw sugar on top of the muffins because, let’s just face it, it is pretty obvious I am just a sugar lovin’ girl and can’t resist that sugary crunch on basically any kind of muffin. These were no exception.


I want to try this recipe again sometime with sweet potato as well because I think they would be really good that way. I also want to try it with white chocolate and maybe some pumpkin seends on top.

So, another heartfelt thank you to TWD and to Kelly for helping me get out of my baking, and eating, comfort zone and find out there is something else I do love. Now, I’m not saying that I now love pumpkin everything, because I know I’ve had some really bad pumpkin stuff before, but as Dorie indicates in the book, these muffins should be the bar by which all other pumpkin muffins should be set by.

Make sure to grab your copy of BFMHTY and join in the fun before Oct. 31st if you are inclined to jump in – time is almost up! Check out the TWD blogroll to see all the other pumpkin-y goodness running around out there today!


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Marthe October 21, 2008 at 6:31 am

Your muffins look grea,t I love the sprinkle of sugar on top! Like you I liked these muffins more than I thought I would!!

Engineer Baker October 21, 2008 at 6:42 am

Sweet potato would be awesome, that’s a wonderful idea! And I’m glad you found a pumpkin thing you actually liked 🙂 October 21, 2008 at 12:08 pm

the del sisters used sweet potato – and what a great idea! your muffins are gorgeous (i’m also a huge fan of sugar and sweets).

chocolatechic October 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Looks wonderful.

I made some of mine with sugar on top too.

I kind of thought they were a bit blah…and substituted chocolate for the raisins too.

rainbowbrown October 21, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Dang. Sweet potato…mmm.
These look quite yummy, so glad to hear you thought so to.

Jodie October 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Glad you weren’t disappointed. They look great!

Kayte October 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I’m not a fan of pumpkin either, but I did like these…it was not overpowering at all. Your additions sound very nice…the sugar on top is so lovely. You and I differ on the raisin/chocolate thing, but I think we can still be friends…LOL. Beautiful photos, as always.

Di October 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm

You sound like me last week… I doubt I would have made biscotti anytime soon if not for TWD, and I really enjoyed them. I did chocolate chips in some of my muffins, too, but didn’t think of putting sugar on top. Great idea! =)

mimi October 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm

your muffins look great! well, of course they do, they have mini chips in them! 😉

and totally unrelated but your new banner is beautiful, love the design!

Cristie October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

So glad these pumpkin muffins were delicious enough to set you on the pumpkin-loving-path. Thanks for the recipe. Can never get enough pumpkin nor enough ways to serve it. Thanks. My entry to your autumn food-blogging event has pumkin in it too. But there are enough other wonderful things, like cranberries, sherry, pound cake, and vanilla pudding, to make even those resistant to pumpkin enjoy it. I hope you like it too.

Rachel October 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Oooh the sugar on top looks delicious–I am definitely going to do that next time!

kim October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm

yay! got to love TWD for bringing people out of their comfort zone, and liking it 😉 the sugar looks fab, of course… and i am SO doing choc chips next time. raisins are just never as good;)

The Food Librarian October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Fantastic! Glad you are a pumpkin muffin convert! 🙂

Beryl October 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Wow those look sooo good! Great pics!

vibi October 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm

I don’t think anything could be nicer to enhance those muffins, than sugar crystals!
But then again… that version you thought of, with sweet potato sounds divine, perhaps even better than the pumkin ones.

SUGAR BETTY October 21, 2008 at 9:23 pm

WOW. I love this blog entry. TWD also got me into baking and being creative. Your muffins look too darn good. No raisins! Yes! Even better! 🙂

Gabi October 21, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Glad you tried them- I thought they were great!xo

CB October 22, 2008 at 2:05 am

I feel the same way. Not a pumpkin lover but not a pumpkin hater (anymore?). Love the raw sugar on top. I have to remember to do that next time. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

TeaLady October 22, 2008 at 2:06 am

AS usual, your photos are out of this world. The the muffins look good too. Glad you liked them I want to try with sweet potato too like some did. And chocolate chips. Yummy job, Phemom,

Susie Homemaker October 22, 2008 at 4:05 am

the sugar looks fab on these, holly! btw – love the new header!

steph- whisk/spoon October 22, 2008 at 5:04 am

pumpkin and chocolate is such a great combo, it would be impossible not to love these! they look great!

Cristine October 22, 2008 at 11:10 am

So glad you tried them even though you don’t care for pumpkin! That’s what I love about TWD… being told what to make! 🙂

Maria October 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Love the sugar on top! They look terrific!

Carol Peterman October 22, 2008 at 6:07 pm

The most interesting thing about baking in a group is making recipes you really have no interest in and being pleasantly surprised. When you replace your allspice try to track down Jamaican Allspice; Jamaica is known for producing the best in the world. My spice shop just got some in and I ground it up and compared it to the last little bit of other allspice I had on hand and was blown away! It is so much more floral and complex. It is really worth it and worth buying it whole vs. ground. I shop at, but I am sure many specialty shops have it. Allspice has been finding its way into most of what I cook lately!

Heather B October 23, 2008 at 2:19 am

They look delicious! Great job!

Steph October 23, 2008 at 2:20 am

I love the new site look, its so cute! The muffins look incredible!

hannah1433 November 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

I was wondering if you could email me this recipe with your alterations. I’m not part of TWD and these look fabulous!!!

Thanks so much!!!!!

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