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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TWD: Oatmeal Breakfast (Bread) Muffins

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I love oatmeal.  I really really do.  It stands to reason then that we really loved this week's recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie for the Oatmeal Breakfast Bread, as chosen by Natalie at Oven Love (who incidentally made muffins too :)

You all know by now I never leave well enough alone, but I had a decent reason this time for fiddling with the recipe.  I have come to realize that I don't own any 9x5-inch pans.  None.  Nada.  The last time I attempted to make a recipe that called for a 9x5 pan (and all I have is 8 1/2 x 4 1/2) I thought, "oh, it can't make that much of a difference, can it?"  I'm here to tell you.  It can.  It really really can.  Scrubbing the overflowing batter of the loaf that took over my oven is something I hope to never repeat.

So.  Since there is no extra fundage in the budget to go buy another pan, nor is there room in my cupboards, I decided to just adapt the recipe into muffins, which made 18 muffins.  I did decrease the amount of applesauce in the muffin by 1/4 cup, simply to make sure the muffins would be a bit more sturdy than the 'soft, pudding-like' consistency described in the book.  Oh, and SURPRISE! (NOT) I left out the dried fruit.

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The only other change I made was in the amount of topping.  The hubs and I have a bit of a running joke going about everything I bake these days.  Except, though it is funny, it really isn't a joke.  The usual conversation goes something like this these days:

ME:  So, what do you think of the _______ (insert name of various baked good here - really doesn't matter what it is... which is entirely the point :)


HIM:  It's good.  But it needs nuts.  (Or, the only variation of this conversation is for something that already has nuts and then his response is always that it "Needs more nuts.")

Without fail, this is pretty much all he says to me anymore.  So, in my defense to not have to have this same conversation again, I actually doubled the sugar and cinnamon for the topping, used dark brown sugar (it was what I had on hand) and tripled the amount of chopped pecans.  I used a heaping tablespoon of filling on top of each muffin and the ratio worked out just about perfectly.

My changes seem to have done the trick because he has been happily eating these muffins without any complaints - until next time I make something, I'm sure ;)

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26 comments:

Flourchild said...

Im always asking my husband about my TWD recipes too! It makes life interesting, thats for sure!
Your muffins look great!

Mary Ann said...

Your muffins look really good with the extra topping. I bet they were delicious!

Paula said...

The muffins certainly make a prettier picture than the bread which I thought was rather unremarkable. We love nuts here too so I can identify with your conversations.

Natalie said...

I definitely should have used more nuts- that husband knows what he's talking about! Thanks for baking with me, Holly!

Pamela said...

Those muffins look incredible!! Extra streusel is never a bad thing and the extra nuts...YUM!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Love the extra topping. It's what a muffin is there for, anyway ;)

Jessica said...

Very pretty! I'm definitely making this into muffins next time!

Di said...

I made muffins too. =) I loved the nuts on top (I actually used a different streusel, but it still had pecans), but my kids weren't too happy about it.

Shandy said...

Great muffins! Love all that topping too. YUM!

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

these look fantastic!! now i have to make this bread into muffins with way too much steusel topping!!

Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds healthy and delicious! No nuts, but plenty of dried fruit for me.

Gourmified said...

Haaahaa! That's so funny! We have a running joke, too...though it's with foods tasting better if it had sausage in it. These men...

Jess said...

Pretty muffins! And extra nuts are always good - I agree.

Clivia said...

Triple the nuts sounds delicious! If my family had their way, it would be triple the chocolate chips on everything.

Susan said...

Seems like muffins were popular this week. Yours look great!! More nuts...good! :)

Fallon said...

The muffins look great! Love the extra crunchy/sweet topping.

Rachel said...

The muffins are super cute! And I'm sure the extra topping made up for the lack of dried fruit...

Katy said...

Your muffins look great! I think my husband gets tired of the constant questions about the things I make, but he doesn't seem to get tired of the tasting part! I may have to make muffins the next I make this bread.

Tammy said...

I made muffins too - a bit more practical I think! Yours look great!! Harry is as gorgeous as ever - he is such a good little boy! I bet Kayla is just wonderful. Six months is a lovely age!! still struggling to juggle it all, but I dont think that will ever change! xxx

Tammy said...

I made muffins too - a bit more practical I think! Yours look great!! Harry is as gorgeous as ever - he is such a good little boy! I bet Kayla is just wonderful. Six months is a lovely age!! still struggling to juggle it all, but I dont think that will ever change! xxx

Tammy said...

I made muffins too - a bit more practical I think! Yours look great!! Harry is as gorgeous as ever - he is such a good little boy! I bet Kayla is just wonderful. Six months is a lovely age!! still struggling to juggle it all, but I dont think that will ever change! xxx

Katrina said...

Nice, perfect looking muffins. I'm all for the more nuts the merrier!

I made this into coffee cake.

Nickki said...

Your muffins look so delicious! LOL at your husband..obviously these were a bit hit!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i would be really happy to have one of these extra nutty muffins!

TeaLady said...

Typical answer in this household = "Needs more frosting!!" never fails...

But love the idea of muffins. That is how it will go next time.

Cristie said...

Delicious! I am putting this on my "to make" list right now!

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