I'm really glad that this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was an easy one. Last week at work was very long (my boss was on vacation, leaving me as the only manager). And then this weekend I managed to catch the cold that Jamie had that Gillian had that now I have... I'm sure I'll live, but right now I'm quite miserable. I walked around work on Monday with a box of tissues in one hand and a bottle of hand-sanitizer in the other. My nose hurts. And I still can't breathe.
Thanks to Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp! for this week's Pumpkin Muffins. This one fit right in with my craving of all things fall. I made them for breakfast Sunday morning, making a couple of changes to the recipe. I've been trying to make our meals a bit healthier by adding some whole grains in ways that my kids won't complain about. So I substituted a cup of white whole wheat flour for one of the cups of all-purpose flour. I also increased the salt to half a teaspoon. I divided the batter in half so I could make a couple variations. To one half, I added a couple tablespoons of mini chocolate chips. To the other, I added a handful of raisins (maybe a third of a cup?). After scooping the batter into my muffin pan (with my handy-dandy #16 disher), I sprinkled some pepitas over the tops of the raisin ones. Apparently I can't read recipes correctly, because I could have sworn that it called for pepitas. But after reading a comment on the P&Q, I went back to the recipe and realized that it actually called for sunflower seeds. Oops. =) I baked the muffins at 400 degrees F, but only for 20 minutes, which was just right for my oven. (I really need to get an oven thermometer one of these days...)
The verdict? As I expected, Brianna loved the chocolate chip version. I think Gillian preferred the raisin one, but she mostly just picked the raisins out and ate them, leaving the rest of the muffin on her plate. I thought both versions were great. I really liked the addition of the pepitas on top--a bit of salty crunch to complement the moist texture of the muffin. Jamie liked them, too. I'll definitely be making these again.
Want to try some pumpkin muffins for yourself? Then get yourself a copy of the book, or head on over to Kelly's blog for the recipe.