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.
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.
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.