Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ta-Dah! TWD on time Pumpkin Muffins

"When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, 
how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?" 
"Twelve," they replied." Mark 8:19

Well I managed to do my baking on time this week. Luckily I had just about everything I needed, and what I didn't I improvised. And of course as you can see I made mini loaves instead of muffins - that way one can have some, and it's any amount they want.

And of course, as usual, I had my little helper. She was thrilled to participate. "Baby do it!"

Todays recipe is Pumpkin Muffins from page 13 of Baking. I just put the batter into mini-loaf tins instead of muffin tins. They cooked up very nicely in the same amount of time. I let Emily grease the pans, and when she was done she hurried over to "help" assemble the dry ingredients. She started by wanting to put in the baking powder. She was a rather exuberant, but I think it went all right - after I removed a little of her baking powder from the bowl.

She then chose to add the nutmeg, a task I felt that she couldn't mess up.

I had been mixing the wet ingredients, adding a bit of brandy for spunk, and when Em was done I mixed the two, and spooned the batter into the mini-loaf pans. It was a perfect fit.

Not having any pumpkin seeds, I found a small amount of cashews, chopped them, and sprinkled them on top. Then to zip that up a bit, I sprinkled on some demerara sugar.

After taking them out of the oven and setting them to cool, we went our for a few hours. We had some when we got back, and the first thing Emily said, after spotting the raison and taking a bite, was "delicious!" That's quite a big word for some one who is just two. But then, the other day I asked her what she was doing, and she said "thinking."

The pumpkin muffin loaves are delicious. And I'm thinking making muffins in the mini-loaf pans is a great idea, if I say so myself.

“I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, 
but I must start by doing the little things 
like they were Great and Wonderful”
~ Albert Einstein


Anonymous said...

awww.....what a beautiful little girl. i remember when my kids 'helped' me like that. so precious.

Natalie said...

She is SO cute!

Engineer Baker said...

She is just too adorable. And verbose too! I love the idea of making these into mini loaves - probably would keep them from drying out quite as much too. Cashews on top sound wonderful.

AmyRuth said...

Just "thinking" is so adorable... what a treasure you have there. Love the shot of your stove top with your stainless steel pots, etc. very pretty. Of course your first photo of your loaves on the table in the plate stand is full of character as well. I haven't seen any other loaves on this bake project-very nice idea!

HoneyB said...

Oh, your little girl is so sweet. I love seeing that she is helping you in the kitchen! Your a great mom!