Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TWD: Allspice Crumb Muffins



Thanks to Kayte of Grandma's Kitchen Table for choosing these muffins this week. Visit her site for the recipe. They were a nice, spicy treat, perfect for thanksgiving breakfast (Canadian) this weekend. I added 3/4 cup raisins for texture and omitted the streusel since many people said theirs ran off the muffin anyway. They turned out nothing short of delicious, although more cake like than muffin like. Next time I might add some finely chopped apple and use cinnamon instead of allspice for a change.

These gave me a chance to use my new silicone muffin liners which I happen to have fallen in love with. I don't generally like silicone bakeware because it doesn't brown properly, is flimsy and seems to give off a funny smell. However, these liners are great and they make me wanna bake more muffins and cupcakes. Totally non-stick and make me feel like I'm taking a little step towards saving the environment by cutting down on the paper-liner garbage without adding any oil (no non-stick spray).

I thought I would be baking up a storm for Thanksgiving, but I have been so busy lately that I didn't even get a chance to make any special desserts, not even a cheesecake. Our family decided not to do the turkey thing this year because of our busy schedules. Instead, we drove down to the Seattle Premium Outlets where I bought myself a bunch of new kitchen stuff from Kitchen Collection. I envy Americans because you guys have KC and we don't! That store and Le Gourmet Chef are my two factory outlet faves. I love shopping and also don't mind not having turkey since I have personally always found Thanksgiving and Christmas to be too close together- too much food in too little time! Another good thing is that it means Christmas dinner will be even more anticipated this year!

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Love your muffin liners! I haven't tried the silicone ones yet but have been meaning to...and the blue and red are so cute!

Wandering Coyote said...

I have these muffin liners, too, and I really love them. I have the mini ones as well.

I have always had good luck with silicone bakeware and have never had a problem with stuff browning or a smell...

jillbert said...

They look great even without the topping! Raisins sound like a great addition.

Your Thanksgiving shopping trip sounds fun. In the US, our Thanksgiving is really close to Christmas!!

Romaine said...

Question: Are you still using the muffin pan pictured or do you just put the liners on a cookie sheet and fill them with muffin batter? I like your idea about the apples.