I have some explaining to do to the non-Dutch readers: pumpkin is not regularly used in dutch cuisine, in fact people that do cook pumpkin are mostly known as 'nature freaks': people that wear gray wool socks etc. - I mean no offense, this is just the general image that comes up with people.... I have never cooked/baked with pumpkin before, so I was very curious about the result. To start with I had to make pumpkin puree, the recipe called for canned pumpkin but that was nowhere to be found here in Zwolle. It was easy enough, I packed the leftovers in Zipper-bags per cup and put them in the freezer for future use.
I divided the batter into two parts. The first one I made according to Dories recipe: with pecans and golden raisins. Because I wasn't sure I would actually like these I subbed the raisins with chocolate for the second part. Everybody knows everything tastes great with chocolate!!
Ofcourse the two looked so much alike, so to make sure I remembered which muffins had raisins in them and which ones had chocolate in them I sprinkled the raisinmuffins with red sugar that actually turned orange while baking in the oven: what do you think of these Halloween Orange Pumpkin Muffins??
These only needed 17 minutes in the oven. I managed to create 22 muffins instead of the 12 Dorie indicates, mine were smaller though: practically bite-size, so cute!! After the chocolate muffins cooled down I melted some chocolate to drizzle over the top to make them look even more fancy.
To my surprise I must admit I loved these, I actually liked the original ones (with raisin in them) better than the chocolate ones!!! My coworkers were also pleasantly surprised with these muffins and rated them very highly!
To see what my fellow TWD-ers thought of the muffins check out the blogroll here.
Let me leave you with one last remark...... These muffins should come with a warning sign:
CAUTION: overindulgence may cause muffin top!!