10/13/09

TWD: Allspice Crumb Muffin(mess)

Ok, you'll have to take my word on these muffins because my lovely and talented daughter, Miss Helen Mae, dropped and broke my camera earlier this week. Just one of the many delights I'm facing now that she can reach up and pull things off of the kitchen counter! I'm trying to decide if it is worth trying to fix it or if the time has come to get a new (and better) camera! I'd love to hear recommendations for an easy to use and not very expensive camera!

Anyway, this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Kayte of Grandma's Kitchen Table (you can find the recipe on her blog- and her muffins look gorgeous). I'm sorry to say that these muffins were a total disaster for me! I'm actually pretty surprised at how poorly they turned out because I've made most of the muffins in Baking From My Home to Yours and I've only had success with Dorie's muffins.

Apparently I was not the only one who had problems with these. It seems that many of the TWD bakers put these in the oven only to find that the lovely crumbly streusel topping had melted off the top and onto the muffin pan. My streusel also sank to the bottom of the batter creating a strange little swirl of allspice and brown sugar inside the muffin. In fact, I could not pry even one intact muffin out of the tin! I can't really call these a complete disaster though, because the flavor and even the texture was delicious!! Allspice is such a wonderful, complex spice that I really don't use often enough! These were so tasty that Derrick, Helen Mae, and I ate all twelve of them (straight out of the pan) over the course of one day! I don't think that's ever happened before! So, I'm tempted to try them again, maybe with a little less butter in the crumb topping?

7 comments:

chocolatechic said...

Mine were ugly too, but they tasted fabulous.

Kayte said...

Well, I am happy they were delicious...around here, with all guys, that's all they care about anyway! So sorry these didn't work out, but sometimes it is just one of those things and then you make them again and it does work out...who knows...hope you try them again and they work out, especially if you thought they were delicious. Thanks for baking with me!

Wandering Coyote said...

Interesting! I just came here from another site in which these were made and she thought they were fabulous & they turned out well. Baking is never 100% foolproof, no matter what the recipe. There are too many variables. I'm sorry yours didn't turn out though, but am glad that at least tasted good.

Susan @ SGCC said...

So sorry that these didn't work out too well for you. At least they tasted delicious. That's the important thing!

Babette said...

Ooh, they are lovely in the bumpy goodness. Love that they disappeared out of the muffin tin.

Pamela said...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that you had some trouble getting them out of the tin. I lost a lot of my streusel, but I just chiseled it off the pan and stuck it back on the muffin. Sounds like you had a more difficult time. Anyway, glad you enjoyed them, no matter what!

pinkstripes said...

Too bad these didn't work out for you--but if they tasted fab, that's all that counts!