Monday, October 20, 2008

{twd} pumpkin muffins


When it comes to food, I am all about balance. Romaine salad for lunch, followed by red velvet cake for dessert. A three mile run, and then three slices of pizza. A plate of Swiss chard, and a glass of chardonnay. You get the idea.

So it should come as no surprise that I made two very different types of modifications to these pumpkin muffins, this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.

First, I made some changes that made these muffins a little healthier. I replaced one third of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, used fat free Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk, reduced the amount of butter by a couple of tablespoons, and added a little extra pumpkin.

But then, to balance all of that healthiness, I made some changes that made these more dessert like. In half of the muffins, I replaced the golden raisins with Bittersweet chocolate. In the other half, I added a cream cheese filling.


Decadent and healthy? Sounds like a perfect balance to me.

Thanks to Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp for this week's selection. You can find the recipe on her blog.

*Note: I also made a third type of modification to this recipe: the accidental kind. I was watching Gossip Girl while I mixed the batter, and I got so into watching Blair bribe her ex-boyfriend Chuck to seduce his ex-best friend Nate's ex-girlfriend Vanessa to hurt Vanessa's best friend Dan, who used to date Blair's best friend Serena, that I totally forgot to add all of the spices. Needless to say, my muffins were pretty bland, so I don't feel that I can fully attest to their fabulousness. But, they were still good, and I'm sure they'd be even better if not made while under the influence of so much drama. I blame Blair Waldorf for this one.

16 comments:

Kim said...

I am a fan of pumpkin muffins, especially when they have chocolate in them. They look good!

Peggy said...

OH I'm right there with you on the balance of food and exercise. HA. The chocolate tucked inside sounds wonderful. Beautiful muffins.

Karen said...

Hi Rachel,

I tagged you for the dreaded "Ghosting it Forward" game. (I'm SORRY!)

Come see what it's all about - and please forgive me! LOL

http://ohboykarencooks.blogspot.com

Karen

Amy said...

Great idea adding a cream cheese filling and chocolate chips!! These look great!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

kim said...

your modifications sound great, very balanced! (of course i like the unhealthy ones better, hehe.) they look so tasty, great job!

Anne said...

Your modifications look great and I love the idea of using Greek Yogurt and whole wheat flour. Great job!

n.o.e said...

Yup it's gotta be Blair's fault. Drama will do it every time. I love all of the ways that you played around with these. Your muffins look stunning even if they were a bit spice-less.
Nancy

pinkstripes said...

How funny re: Gossip Girl. I'm glad I record it on our upstairs Tivo as not to be distracted while baking.

Your muffins look great. I love the idea of a cream cheese filling. Yum!

The Food Librarian said...

Some things are way more important than baking. And that is TV. (I don't watch GG, but I have made "House", "Project Runway" and "Ugly Betty" mistakes!) I'm glad two types worked out! They sound delicious!

SiHaN said...

oh.. blaming the telly huh. haha. I do that too! except towards the other distractions around. Great job on those muffins anyway!

mimi said...

wowza, look at all those chocolate chips! i bet these tasted fantastic, even without all the spices!

Bridgett said...

Yours look delicious! I love those nice big chunks of chocolate. Right up my alley!

Emiline said...

Chocolate and pumpking seems to be the new trend! I need to get on the bandwagon.

Looks fab.

Barbara said...

Love the chocolate and cream cheese!

LyB said...

Hee! I get distracted by TV too, and my 3 kids! Your muffins look fabulous!

Matt's Kitchen said...

You are definitely a kindred spirit because I believe in moderation, too. Work out for over an hour, then go home to have some beer or wine while making some kind of filling dinner!

Your muffins look and sound delicious!