Monday, February 21, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sometimes I crave stuff, and since I've been icing my shoulder because I have some tendonitis in my right deltoid, I have been craving pumpkin. This might have to do with the fact that I am using frozen blocks of pumpkin I stashed away over a year ago to ice my shoulder with. I have also been craving chocolate, and I do love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, which I have made before. It's a great combination. But, I wanted muffins! So I searched around the net and found this recipe on In Erika's Kitchen. I made the recipe this afternoon.

I halved the spices (1 tsp each) because I didn't want such strong spices overwhelming the chocolate, and I used plain white sugar. These turned out really well and made quite cakey muffins. But the recipe was so large I got a bonus pumpkin chocolate chip loaf out of it as well. I baked this in my largest loaf pan, but I think because the batter was so delicate, it didn't have enough structure to support itself as it rose during baking and therefore it never rose in the middle. I topped it with some sugar crystals.

Still the flavour is there! A really great treat and it hit the spot. I'm going to freeze the loaf to take to a family member's place on the weekend.

4 comments:

Erika said...

I'm so glad you liked the recipe. I have a double muffin pan, so the recipe makes 24 muffins - no wonder you got an extra loaf out of it! Did you have to bake the loaf longer for it to be done in the middle?

Wandering Coyote said...

Hi Erika,

24 muffins is too much for a single gal, but 12 muffins and a loaf for the freezer is perfect, so it worked out well. I did have to bake the loaf quite a bit longer, over 45 minutes, and it's very dark on the bottom. It never rose above the way you see it in the photo here.

tamilyn said...

I always struggle with the loaves of fruit bread never getting done, so now I bought a mini loaf pan and bake 8 small loaves and usually have enough dough for 6 muffins. Works well since two like nuts in theirs, and one doesn't

Wandering Coyote said...

@ Tamilyn: I have little loaf pans, too, but they require flouring & buttering and I was in a quick fix kinda mood and didn't want to do all that fussy stuff. The silicone pan was just the ticket!

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