Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TWD: Allspice Crumb Muffins


This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie Treat is Allspice Crumb Muffins. I sometimes wonder how many recipes from Baking I would have tried if I hadn’t joined Tuesdays With Dorie just a couple months after purchasing the book. I’m pretty positive I would have made these muffins a long time ago if I didn’t have recipes preselected each week and that they would currently in heavy rotation in my household – you know, you find favorites and make them all the time. They’re quick to make, consist of pantry staples (though I did not have milk the night I originally intended to prepare them - oops), and I don’t think my boyfriend has ever met a crumb topping he didn’t like. What’s not to love? I made a half recipe, which yielded eight large muffins. Per Nancy’s suggestion on the Problems & Questions section, I used some whole wheat flour in both the muffins and the topping, and subbed in half nonfat plain yogurt for half the butter (I pretty much always do this with quickbreads and muffins, it works so well and doesn’t seem to compromise flavor). The whole wheat flavor was nice with the allspice and gave the muffins a nice sturdy crumb. I also couldn’t resist adding cinnamon to the topping and it was really yummy with both spices.



Kayte, our hostess for this week, almost always posts photos of her tasters, so in honor of her selection, I took photos of Josh (no more pseudonyms) eating a muffin. He loved them, in case you couldn’t tell.



I wasn’t intending on letting Eloise have any, but she drooled so much (yes, that’s drool on my table) that Josh let her have a few bites.





This recipe rated an 8 for Deliciousness and a 2 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 4 – excellent. Many thanks to Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table for a fantastic recipe choice, I know I will be making these again. You can find the recipe HERE on Kayte’s site and visit the TWD blogroll to see what the other bakers thought of the muffins.

23 comments:

Romaine said...

That's a great idea about using the nonfat plain yogurt. I ALWAYS have it in my fridge and I'm always looking for new ways to add it to my cooking.

ps. I'm not a dog person but your dog is beautiful--striking, actually.

vibi said...

It had been a while since I had seen that... amazing dog!!! Glad everyone including him, liked the muffins! They look scrumptious... and the topping super crispy!

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful dog.

Lovely muffins.

Megan said...

Ha! Eloise is so cute - I love the drool on the table.

I've never tried using yogurt for butter - that is such a great idea.

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

i just love your weimaraner!! they are just so elegant looking!!

and your muffins come a close second :)

spike. said...

I like your variations with the whole wheat!

Tracey said...

I'm always afraid to sub for the butter in a recipe so I'm glad to hear you tried it and it worked out well with this one! Love the muffins and I think it's awesome that you took a photo of Josh eating the muffin in honor of Kayte hosting :)

Jessica said...

Hi! Your muffins look fantastic and so creative! Love the doggy too :)

Shandy said...

What fantastic ideas, using plain yogurt and ww flour. Love your photos of enjoyment over the allspice muffins. Very nice!

JoAnn Freda said...

I think we should take a poll, who thinks one dog can teach another dog to drool? You know which side I come down on. These muffin sound like my kind of breakfast and I love nutmeg.

Kayte said...

It's funny b/c I decided this week I would try to be real business-like and not post family photo of someone actually eating my food (there is always a doubt among my friends otherwise...LOL), so I was thrilled to see you post one of Josh and that photo of the look on Eloise's face is such a classic look of "Please...." so precious. Your muffins look wonderfully perfect! Thanks for baking with me this week, so happy to hear the recipe was enjoyed! Whew...pressure off now!

jillbert said...

How fun that you did a picture like Katye's! Great idea!

I made similar substitutions and I thought they worked really well with these.

Leslie said...

Great post, Margot! Your muffins look better than the ones in the book! Even though I love baking ahead some months, I really miss the P&Q and everyone's great ideas. I'll have to try these again with the same subs (and of course using cinnamon.) That photo of Josh and Eloise is precious!

TeaLady said...

So, who enjoyed them more - Josh or Eloise. They look delicious and very pretty.

SUGAR B said...

I am so glad I made these. They were so good. :)

Your variations rock.

Thanks for bringing the dog back.

Clivia said...

Your muffins look perfectly plump! No wonder the dog is drooling. Well done.

Cakelaw said...

I liked Nancy's idea of the yoghurt too but read it too late. Your muffins look great and it looks as though Josh and Eloise really enjoyed them.

Stephanie said...

Aw so cute! Giving some to the pup!!!

Jacque said...

LOL, Eloise looks like she's enjoying the muffins. Our dog likes to hang around the table too.

Nice job, your crumb looks perfect! I'm jealous :)

Kaitlin said...

Weren't these awesome? Glad you liked them! I'm also happy to hear that the whole wheat worked out for you - I'd like to try that substitution out myself.

pinkstripes said...

I love your photo honors to Kayte.Your muffins look great!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Oh, I'm so glad I came by here this evening - I LOVE this post. Josh, Eloise, the muffins, all of it! I will be repeating this recipe - with any luck before we finish TWD. It is hard to fit in other baking, but breakfast items seem to be easier to slip in than others.

Pamela said...

I am so envious of your perfect muffins! I will have to make a note of the revisions you and Nancy did so I can try them out next time. I loved this muffin recipe and can't wait to make these again!