I love fall! I love the warm colors, the nip in the air, and most of all, pumpkin! I have been fantasizing this year about going pumpkin picking and carving my own pumpkin, but I haven't had the time — fall is also rugby season, so most of my free time is spent rucking and scrumming. My rugby team just won our regional championship, so we're heading to our national tournament in Orlando, FL in a few weeks! Anyway... (sorry... I'm still excited about it!) I was lucky to get a chance to make these muffins for TWD, chosen by Kelly of Sounding my Barbaric Gulp.
I decided to stick with Dorie's suggestion for once and use the raisins. However... I did flame them in some rum beforehand ;) They were nice and moist, and I do like the golden raisins better than regular raisins. I omitted the nuts and seeds... things were getting a little too healthy for comfort ;)
I decided to halve the recipe and make mini-muffins, so I ended up with 24 minis, plus extra batter for 4 more kinda medium-sized muffins. If I make them again, though, I would try to fit all of the batter in the mini muffin tin, since I think they should be a little bigger than this (the muffin top was sorely lacking here).
The end result was pretty good. I won't say spectacular, because I thought they were a little dry, but I did enjoy the flavor. I think next time I'll try to use oil instead of the butter to see how that turns out.
Another thing I loved about this recipe: giving me an excuse to buy a mini-pumpkin for a prop ;)
Thanks to Kelly for a great pick! Get this recipe at her blog , and remember to check out all of the other TWD blogs for their experiences and creative twists on this recipe. If you want to join in, remember that the Oct. 31 deadline is approaching fast!