TWD – Apple Walnut Allspice Crumb Muffins

Oh, me and my last minute recipe changes!

I think these would have come out a little better if I had either stuck to the recipe as written or if I had planned my changes before mixing everything.

But I'm leaping way ahead here.

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Allspice Crumb Muffins, was selected by Kayte of Grandma's Kitchen Table.  They were easy to make and wonderfully fragrant while cooking and moist and delicious to eat.  Alex, Bill and I liked them.  Julia tried, a couple times, but she just doesn't like them.  Ah well – at least she tried.

The best thing (okay, besides how they taste) about these muffins is that all the ingredients are usually items you'll have on hand.  At least you will if you're me.  Or even remotely like me.  Or if you like to bake.

I decided to add a little more crunch to the topping by adding chopped walnuts, and at the last minute – no, the beyond-the-last-minute minute – I thought it would be fun to add diced apple to the batter.  I should have decided that BEFORE I had mixed all the other ingredients.  I think my muffins deflated somewhat as a result, but otherwise, these turned out fine.

The addition of the apples seemed to stretch the recipe a bit, so I ended up with 14 muffins instead of 12.  I used ramekins for the extra two, which gave them a straight-sided cylindrical shape.  And those two looked better than the rest of my muffins, which had, apparently, puffed up a big and then flattened out in all directions. 

When I took them all out of their pans/ramekins, I figured I'd use the two ramekins muffins for pictures, since they looked nicer. 

I should have said this OUT LOUD in a LOUD VOICE when I thought it, because I turned my back for a second, and Bill came into the kitchen, took one of the two ramekin muffins, and popped it in his mouth.  I think he even ate the paper – that's how quickly the muffin disappeared.  I turned around and saw what had happened, and my mouth dropped open, but what could I say?  "You took the muffin I was going to use for pictures!!!  Why did you have to eat a GOOD-LOOKING muffin?  Why couldn't you eat one of the UGLY ones????  YOU KNOW I NEED TO TAKE PICTURES OF THESE THINGS!!!!!!!!!"

Actually, I probably did say that, but I said it with a laugh and a shrug, because honestly, my family just smells food and comes a-running.  Hands – little and big – reach out, grasping and grabbing, and hungry mouths devour, and if I'm not standing guard, it's my own stupid fault.

That said, this is a great recipe.  The batter that I licked from the spatula and the bowl was wonderful, so I figured the final product would be just as good, if not better.  And it was.  I liked my additions of nuts and apples, but, like I said earlier, next time I need to make these decisions when I'm prepping ingredients, not right before the batter goes into the little paper cups.

If you'd like to make these yourself, you can find the recipe posted here on Kayte's website, or you can find it in Dorie Greenspan's ubiquitous tome Baking:  From My Kitchen to Yours.  And you can dive into the TwD blogroll and see how the other bakers fared this week.


13 thoughts on “TWD – Apple Walnut Allspice Crumb Muffins

  1. Love the way you changed this up. They look and sound delicious. I often have to warn my husband to keep his hands off the good looking treats.

  2. Yep!! They just sneak in and grab anything in site when they are hungry. Gotta chain it down or hide it until AFTER photo session.

    I wish I had thought to add nuts to the topping. I love extra crunch. Deflated or not all of those look delicious.

  3. When I was 5 and in Afternoon kindergarten, my mom and I made gingerbread cookies before school one morning. I used the cookie cutter, but then proceeded to add globs on top for hair, clothes, shoes, etc. My mom kindly baked it and said nothing about its appearance. I left for school. My dad came home for lunch, saw the pitiful looking cookie that he assummed was available because it looked so bad and ATE it. My mother entered the kitchen and gasped. Couldn’t believe he ate that particular cookie. She had some leftover dough and tried to replicate my pitiful cookie before I got home. I fell for it hook, line and sinker. Heard the real story 20 years later.

  4. Susanna,

    What a great story! I can definitely see something like that happening in this house. How wonderful of your mother to recreate your cookie – and that you believed it all that time. Thank you so much for sharing that!

  5. Well, they all look great! Each week, my favorite part is reading what everyone subs or adds in the recipe and gives me such inspiration for the future…yours sound particularly wonderful and just right for autumn! Perfect! I laughed about the eating of the photo muffin…a couple of weeks ago I was making a CEiMB entry, made one for me figuring no one else would be interested, photographed the sandwich, turned my back to put down the camera, and my 17 year old said, “Wow, this is great, you have any more of these?” as he was eating it! LOL. He thought I had made it for him for a snack. Thanks for baking with me this week…I have to remember to get over here more often as I always enjoy your posts.

  6. Haha too funny! I’m lucky that it’s just me and my husband here and he’s super picky and doesn’t like a lot of the things I bake so I rarely have to worry about him nabbing things before I get a chance to photograph them. Your muffins look terrific! Love the apple addition – I meant to add some too but completely forgot until my muffins were already in the oven.

  7. LOL, funny how we bloggers have to take pictures before anyone is allowed to taste a morsel of food. They think we’re nuts.

    Anyway, yours look really tasty! I like the additions.

  8. These look scrummy, not deflated at all! Apple and spice is a perfect flavour combination – I am not surprised that Bill ate it so quickly!

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