Tuesday, October 21, 2008

TWD: Pumpkin Muffins & an Announcement!

You may have noticed posting has become a little scarce of late. This has been partly the result of blog fatigue but mostly because there has been something much bigger and much more exciting happening ... i'm pregnant! N and I are thrilled to be able to announce that come April we will be parents.

I've been very lucky not to have had any morning sickness but my tastes have definitely changed and I haven't been cooking much lately, at least nothing blogworthy anyway. I'm planning on remedying that starting this week.

I had to sit out last week's TWD. Apologies to Gretchen of Canela & Comino, the biscotti looked great but I just didn't have the time or energy. I did however, get to this week's recipe for Pumpkin Muffins chosen by Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp.

Whenever I hear pumpkin in a recipe it sounds very American (with the exception of our very Australian pumpkin scones of course!). You can't buy canned pumpkin in Australia so I steamed and mashed my own.

I decided to follow the recipe exactly as I am one of the seemingly rare TWDers who actually like raisins! They came together easily but I generally prefer the melt and mix type muffins where you simply add the liquid to the dry ingredients. Creaming butter and sugar is what you do for cupcakes in my opinion.

The taste test ...
I really enjoyed these though I have to say they smelt divine while baking but weren't as fragrant in the mouth. Next time I would increase the spices considerably. I ate mine warm out of the oven with butter and marmalade and it was the perfect morning tea. Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding the rest of the batch got left out on the bench overnight and weren't edible the next day. Boo. N hates pumpkin so it was doubly disappointing because he was actually going to try these! Oh well. I'm sure there will be a next time.

Next week we have the scrumptious sounding Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes.


  1. i agree the muffins weren't all that intensely flavored...but CONGRATULATIONS!!! your baby news is the best thing of all!

  2. YAY! Congratulations! This is some wonderful news. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Are you going to find out if you're having a boy or a girl? Keep us posted on all the details. I love a celebration.

  3. Congratulations! How exciting!!

  4. Congratulations! That's too exciting. The muffin looks wonderful with butter and marmalade.

  5. First of all - Congratulations!

    I too made the recipe as written because I love raisins and walnuts! Yummy!

  6. Congratulations! What wonderful news - and a great reason for light blogging. I've not been blogging as much as usual, but that's due to what you'll experience after April (I have 4 and it's truly a wonderful life, but sometimes, yeesh are they needy :-)

    Your pumpkin muffins look fantastic!

  7. Yea and Congratulations over there.... get your power naps. Your muffins look amazing. Hope you enjoy more muffins next time.

  8. Congratulations on your news! Your mufins look great - especially the photo with the big dab of marmalade.

  9. Thanks for all your well-wishes everyone! I'm 15 weeks now and even though we would love to know the sex we have decided against finding out. I think this is one of the few true surprises in life and will make the day even more special. I will definitely be keeping you posted!

  10. wow i am so impressed you made your pumpkin!!

    congrats on the little bun in the oven!!! that is so exciting :) wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!


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