Tuesdays with Dorie: Pumpkin Muffins

October 21, 2008 at 5:14 am | Posted in breakfast things, groups, muffins/quick breads, tuesdays with dorie | 52 Comments

pumpkin muffins

It’s spring-time warm here, and pumpkin would be the last thing on my mind if it weren’t for the fact that Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp chose these muffins for TWD.  I’d actually better get used to the idea of cool weather foods, and quick, because come Friday, I’ll be back in the States!  That’s right–this is my last TWD from Oz…I’ve already done next week’s recipe, but I won’t be able to post “early” anymore.  Boo.

I’ve never noticed canned (or tinned) pumpkin in Australian grocery stores.  Maybe I’ve been looking in the wrong aisle, I don’t know, but I assume it’s just not popular here.  I would have had to roast and mash my own if I hadn’t had a can of Libby’s that I brought back from home.  As an aside, which my American friends may or may not find interesting, all the hard-skinned gourds are referred to as “pumpkin” here (not just the orange ones that I think of in the US).  For instance, I’ve gotten used to calling butternut a pumpkin, not a squash. 

So, armed with my Libby’s, I was ready to tackle Dorie’s muffin recipe.  I started by dividing it half (to make just six) and replacing the raisins with dried cranberries.  Then I decided to skimp on the butter a bit, leaving out one tablespoon and replacing it with an additional tablespoon of buttermilk.  The baked muffins were moist and soft, so I never even noticed that bit of butter was missing.  What was missing, though, were the nuts!  I had the exact amount of walnuts needed for this…they were right there on the counter…and that’s where they stayed.  Oops!  Early morning baking is apparently not my forte.  Oh well–they found a new home in a spinach salad instead.

pumpkin muffins

I can’t say that I ever crave pumpkin muffins, but I liked these a lot.  I’ll make them again if I have an open can that needs to be used up.  Next time, I’ll be sure to remember the nuts!

For the recipe, look in  Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Kelly’s post.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll to see what close to 300 other people had to say!


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  1. yum! The cranberries look really great in there. I am not a fan of nuts at all so I don’t feel to bad for you that they stayed on the counter! Well….only if you missed them. 🙂

  2. They look wonderful – and are those pumpkin seeds on top, instead of sunflower seeds? That’s what I thought she should’ve used. Anyway, yum, as always!

  3. Enjoy the warm weather for me, please!!! It’s FRIGID here 😦

    Glad you liked the muffins!! Yes, DEFINITELY add nuts next time 🙂

  4. wow, you’re fast, I’ve finished baking mine just a few minutes ago, and you’ve already put up a complete post and a couple of great pics. 🙂

  5. Yum! Is canned pumpkin much different to cooked and mashed? I steamed and mashed mine.

  6. great looking muffins. I like them. The last photo is really beautiful

  7. How lucky! …one single can of pumkin puree brought from the States in the land of pumkinless-Oz!!!
    Great muffins Steph!
    Looking forward to reading you from up close! LOL
    Good luck on the move.

  8. I used craisins too and I am so glad I did. I am not a raisin fan but craisins are a great substitute almost every time! LOL @ forgotten walnuts. Oops! But your muffins look amazing sans walnuts anyways. Welcome back to the States. Happy and safe trip!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  9. These look fantastic! I left my whole batch of eggs on the counter once! At least you enjoyed them later! Yummy looking muffins!

  10. Those look wonderful…I have greater appreciation for my humble cans of Libby’s pumpkin now, too! Welcome back to the States and have a safe trip.

  11. Your muffins look delicious! I’ll miss your early posts but welcome back to the States!

  12. I wish it was spring time here as well, but unfortunately winter is coming soon…. I loved these muffins. Yours look great with the contrasting colour of the cranberries!

  13. They look beautiful! I’ll have to try Craisins next time. Good luck with the move and I hope you have a safe trip!

  14. Looks delicious and with all the adjustments, sounds like it tasted great too.

  15. Mmmm, they look delish!! Good idea with the cranberries!

  16. Well, at least the walnuts found a good home! The muffin looks delicately delicious.

  17. I couldn’t find canned pumpkin anywhere either. I tried both Coles and Woolies. Oh forgetting the nuts! I think that made these muffins so special! I always find it amusing Americans call certain things different names to us. Even from WA to QLD there is a difference. We might end up in the US in the very near future so it will be hard to get used calling things different names!

  18. Oh look at these! They look delicious.

  19. You took a can of Libby’s pumpkin to Oz? Wow. Somehow, I have a feeling there’s a story attached to that one.
    The muffins look terrific. Think of how many new variations you’ll be able to make when you cross to the dark side, I mean North America.

  20. Those look delicious! I would have forgotten the walnuts on purpose. Oh well.

  21. Too funny that they call everything pumpkin – makes some recipes confusing, doesn’t it? But I’m glad you had some squirrelled away, because those look fantastic, even without the nuts 🙂

  22. Your muffins look awesome! Great pictures! Good luck on your trip back to the states.

  23. I bet the dried cranberries were great in these. Good luck with your move! I hope you get settled quickly.

  24. Aw. I’ll miss your Monday night posts. Your muffins look fabulous.

  25. Love the cranberries and that last photo. Makes me wish I one as I sit here with my coffee reading posts! 🙂

  26. LOL love that you forgot the nuts, nice to know I’m not the only one that does things like that 🙂 Glad you got to make these, they turned out beautiful! I loved mine too and will definitely make them again 🙂

  27. The cranberries sound really great in these…and they look spectacular, with or without the nuts! Great job with the combination of flavors!

  28. Looks wonderful.

    Will you be glad to be back in the states?

  29. Mmmm I love pumpkin muffins, but I never thought to put pumpkin seeds on top. And the cranberries are a fabulous idea! I would die without canned pumpkin!

  30. I don’t crave pumpkin either, but weren’t these just scrumptious? I just had one for breakfast. I will try the chocolate chips next time with craisins.

  31. they look yummy!! the cranberries, i’m sure, were a delicious change. glad you liked them and best of luck with the big move!

  32. Any non-pumpkin eating kid will absolutely love these delicious muffins…

  33. I went with some of the same adjustments. Your pics are fabulous, the colors are so great!

  34. i’ll miss getting my TWD fix early with your posts! but your muffins look terrific and good luck with the move!

  35. These look great, I used cranberries too…YUM!

  36. Wow — you thought to bring a can of Libby’s to Australia with you? Now THAT’s what I call prepared! Glad you liked these — they look beautiful! Love the dried cranberries. Glad you found a way to repurpose the walnuts!

  37. The cranberries look great but I especially love that you put pumpkin seeds on top. Good idea with the extra buttermilk too. They look delicious!

  38. I love the bottom pic! That muffin looks too good to eat! Fab job!

  39. These are my favorite muffins from the book! I have baked them several times since receiving the book. …hmm? Maybe it’s time for another batch! 🙂

  40. Good luck with your move. With an endless supply of canned pumpkin and Jif at your disposal, you will be hording a whole new set of unavailable Australian ingredients that you are no doubt hopelessly hooked on. Travel safely.

  41. Lovely muffins! I’ve so enjoyed your posts from Australia but I know I will be an avid reader of your American posts too.

  42. I really liked these. Yours look great! Have a safe trip back to the states. 🙂

  43. Lovely muffins, with or without nuts! Best wishes for a safe trip.

  44. Your muffins look beautiful, but now I’m wondering what you were going to cook with the canned pumpkin! Especially if you don’t crave pumpkin muffins.

  45. These look wonderful. The texture of your muffins is amazing. Wish mine had turned out. Very nice. Yummy!!!

  46. Apparently you can buy tinned pumpkin at David Jones. I have yet to find it there myself but I’ve heard its there.

    We aren’t as big on the fall festivities as the US is. It may be due to the lack of thanksgiving. We tend to do easter then the queens birthday instead and spend the entire time bbqing.

    They look scrumptious too

  47. Yum – cranberries! Your muffins look beautiful – great job on these!

  48. Eleanor–They do sell a large tin of Libby’s at DJ’s Food Hall. It’s about four times the price it should be, though…I would have just mashed my own if I hadn’t happened to have some.

  49. I can not wait for Halloween to try to make these Pumpkin Muffins…these look yummy


  50. I love how it is in different parts of the world, the food, the language, all of it. Can you imagine trying to make these if the only thing available was spaghetti squash, since it is a winter squash also? I am wondering…what can you get easily in Australia that you will miss in the US? Okay, and why do people refer to it as Oz?

  51. These look really lovely! I adore the decor with your title…why didn’t I think of that! Hope your move is going well!

  52. I don’t know on how I stumbled upon this cooking blog., All I know is that I’d better check out the archives for a good read. Ha-ha! Just droppin’ to say hi!
    Oh. You might want to check this out: http://www.technocooks.com for uhm…a different “menu.”

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