>TWD: Pumpkin Muffins

> It’s Tuesday again and ya’ll know what that means: Tuesdays with Dorie!! Boy was I intrigued by this recipe: Kelly of Sounding my Barbaric Gulp requested us to make Pumpkin Muffins. Yes, you read that correct: Pumpkin Muffins.

I have some explaining to do to the non-Dutch readers: pumpkin is not regularly used in dutch cuisine, in fact people that do cook pumpkin are mostly known as ‘nature freaks’: people that wear gray wool socks etc. – I mean no offense, this is just the general image that comes up with people…. I have never cooked/baked with pumpkin before, so I was very curious about the result. To start with I had to make pumpkin puree, the recipe called for canned pumpkin but that was nowhere to be found here in Zwolle. It was easy enough, I packed the leftovers in Zipper-bags per cup and put them in the freezer for future use.

I divided the batter into two parts. The first one I made according to Dories recipe: with pecans and golden raisins. Because I wasn’t sure I would actually like these I subbed the raisins with chocolate for the second part. Everybody knows everything tastes great with chocolate!!

Ofcourse the two looked so much alike, so to make sure I remembered which muffins had raisins in them and which ones had chocolate in them I sprinkled the raisinmuffins with red sugar that actually turned orange while baking in the oven: what do you think of these Halloween Orange Pumpkin Muffins??

These only needed 17 minutes in the oven. I managed to create 22 muffins instead of the 12 Dorie indicates, mine were smaller though: practically bite-size, so cute!! After the chocolate muffins cooled down I melted some chocolate to drizzle over the top to make them look even more fancy.

To my surprise I must admit I loved these, I actually liked the original ones (with raisin in them) better than the chocolate ones!!! My coworkers were also pleasantly surprised with these muffins and rated them very highly!

To see what my fellow TWD-ers thought of the muffins check out the blogroll here.
Let me leave you with one last remark…… These muffins should come with a warning sign:
CAUTION: overindulgence may cause muffin top!!


32 Responses to “>TWD: Pumpkin Muffins”

  1. Cakelaw Says:

    >These look fab Marthe – especially love the chocolate drizzle ones. LOL at the grey wooly socks comment and the muffin top!

  2. CB Says:

    >That is so interesting that you dont have canned pumpkin. Great improv making your own. Love the red-orange sprinkles. btw I was reading your blog while eating a cupcake and when I saw the muffin top picture I promptly exchange my cupcake for rice cake. HAHA.Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  3. Jules Someone Says:

    >Glad you liked them! I’m impressed with anyone who makes pumpkin puree.

  4. Engineer Baker Says:

    >Yikes! Don’t remind me of the other meaning of muffin top, at least not so soon after snacking on these 🙂 I’m glad you liked the original version – while pumpkin and chocolate is good, I really liked the raisins in these too.

  5. dp Says:

    >Now are you a convert? I wonder if pumpkin is a North American thing? My hubby is Danish and they never cooked with pumpkin either. I made pumpkin pie for his family once and they were like WOW! Anyhow, I’ll have to add these muffins to my list, along with the other gazillion pumpkin recipes I have to try in the next two months. After that, pumpkin season is basically done.

  6. kim Says:

    >great job on the muffins, the choc drizzle is a nice touch! lol about the muffin top… ugh, too true 😉

  7. Barbara Says:

    >Ha, muffin top! Yours muffins look absolutely delicious.

  8. natalia Says:

    >or worsen it ! As I already have it !!! Dear Marthe I loved the muffins but they had a metallic /acid after taste, I will inagurate my ka and make them again with less baking powder !

  9. HoneyB Says:

    >Glad they turned out well and that everyone enjoyed them!

  10. lusciousfood.com Says:

    >hope this doesn’t mean you have to buy grey wool socks! 🙂 your muffins looks wonderful.

  11. Pamela Says:

    >LOL about the muffin top!! I’m also impressed about you making your own puree. What are you going to do with the rest of it? Those chocolate muffins look really wonderful

  12. vibi Says:

    >Even at the risk of getting the muffin top… I’ll have one with the chocolate drizzle, pleeeeease!Mmmmm…

  13. Peggy Says:

    >Oh Marthe I never thought about you not having easy access to pumpkin. I bet you loved the muffins though. I did. And I love your muffin top hips picture. Mine could sure get that way quick with all these great recipes we bake. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. 🙂

  14. Kristin Says:

    >Bravo to you for making your own pumpkin puree! They look beautiful!!

  15. Candy Says:

    >Oh I didn’t want to think about the muffin top! The chocolate looks like a great addition.

  16. Cathy Says:

    >Wow — extra credit for making your own pumpkin puree! I think I would have said “sorry, we don’t have that in this country” and taken a bye. I am glad that they were worth the effort! Your chocolate drizzle! Oh my! Yeah, I know all about the muffin top. But do I stop baking (or eating my baked goods)? No. I do not.

  17. Natashya Says:

    >I love the warning at the end! So funny. We cook with pumpkin a fair amount in Canada – it is always intersting to know about places that are not as familiar with foods that are “common” in your own locale. Great job – I like the orange glow on the traditional ones – very seasonal.

  18. Jodie Says:

    >Ooh, love the chocolate drizzle!

  19. Piggy Says:

    >I like how you drizzle chocolate on top of the muffins. and the pics of “muffin top” really cracked me up! 😀

  20. Prudy Says:

    >Oh, great job, especially with the drizzle. I love the muffin top, especially in the picture. That tortilla soup looks lovely too.

  21. BAKE-EN Says:

    >OMG, so funny! Dorie’s recipes have definitely contributed to a bit of a muffin top on me! Thank god it’s winter time in Boston. I’ll be hiding it below some sweaters. Also, interesting to know that people in the Netherlands don’t eat pumpkin. It’s so popular here.

  22. n.o.e Says:

    >Ha Ha! That muffin top is hilarious. And um could definitely be a hazard of most TWD recipes. As much as I like chocolate, I know I’d prefer the ones with the raisins also. Hmm, or plain, which is my very favorite.Nancy

  23. Tammy Says:

    >your muffins look great. Pumpkin is a really common vegetable in NZ in both sweet and savoury – a good Sunday roast is not the same without roast pumpkin!

  24. Judy Says:

    >I wondered why some of your muffins looked so Orange! That was very resourceful of you to use a fresh pumpkin, and all the muffins look delicious.

  25. Jacque Says:

    >Wow, I’m not sure I would have done this if I had to make my own pumpkin puree. Looks like a lot of work. My hat’s off to you for forging ahead in spite of the pumpkin issues. Anyway, those look fantastic and I’m glad you and your coworkers enjoyed them.

  26. The Food Librarian Says:

    >Your muffins are cute! I like the chocolate topped ones. My co-workers liked them too.

  27. SiHaN Says:

    >golly! thanks for reminding me about the muffin tops.. i’ve gotta invest in a pair of bigger jeans soon. haha.Good job with the muffins!

  28. Sandy Smith Says:

    >Your muffins look delicious! The drizzle makes them look so special – like holiday muffins! (Love the warning at the end, too. So true!)

  29. Heather B Says:

    >Great muffin! And warning at the end!

  30. Liz Says:

    >I am extra-impressed that you made the pumpkin puree from scratch! Glad you loved them–and got to introduce your coworkers to pumpkin baked goods too. The blog and the photos are looking wonderful!

  31. Steph Says:

    >I absolutely love what you did to your site!! It looks so amazing and your pictures are really nice too.. I guess it helps when you have a new camera! Red sugar.. hmm.. that seems interesting and you’re right.. everything goes with chocolat!

  32. Gabi Says:

    >Your muffins are so beautiful Marthe! If I keep eating mine I’m getting muffin top AND bottom :)xox

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