One of the things I love most about cupcakes is how personal they are. I discussed this last week, when I found myself greedily dunking a finger into a white chocolate espresso cupcake in Boston.
It’s just plain silly that I never thought to personalize the muffin too.
Because, let’s face it, there is a time and a place to purchase—and eat—a cupcake. They’re one of my favorite foodie pleasures. Muffins, on the other hand, can be eaten more often: as part of a breakfast, as a snack, or even as a dessert.
And now that pumpkin isn’t such a rarity in the grocery isles any more, I’ve been going all crazy with it. Oats. Smoothies. Yogurt Messes.
If you ever make one…just one!…of the recipes from my blog, I beg that you please try this one. I’ve tweaked and molded this recipe into what I now proclaim as being my favorite muffin ever. I know that’s a bold statement, but let me assure you: this muffin can handle it.
Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients
Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients
Step 3: Mix Dry and Wet Together
Step 4: Personalize (this is the FUN part!)
There was the plain jane pumpkin muffin, topped with walnuts.
The dark chocolate pumpkin muffin for the die-hard chocolate fans.
And the “everything” pumpkin muffin which was topped with walnuts, dark chocolate and white chocolate chips. These are already gone, FYI. Next time I’ll make the entire batch as “everything” muffins.
Personalized muffins. Why did I wait so long to do this?
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Raisin Muffins
- 1-2/3 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 c. canned pumpkin
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1/2 c. raisins
- Combine dry ingredients (up to and including salt)
- Combine wet ingredients (pumpkin through raisins.)
- Stir dry ingredients with wet ingredients just until moistened (do not overmix)
- Spoon into 12 sprayed muffin cups. Bake at 350 for about 20-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes. Remove and place on wire rack. Cool completely.
Question: What are your favorite flavor combinations in a muffin?