Tuesday, November 6, 2012

TWD: Buttermilk Crumb Muffins

Tuesdays with Dorie baking through Baking with Julia
by Dorie Greenspan
Contributing Baker: Marion Cunningham

These certainly were easy though prosaic - made for a fun photoshoot but nothing more, sorry to say.

Hopefully our next recipe of "Best-Ever Brownies" will be better. How can they not be?

Success meter (1-3): 1 (UPDATE: The boys tell me they love them - especially the blueberry!)

Warning: Went a little crazy with the pics - new camera :)

The recipe calls for vegetable shortening.
I substituted butter.

Marion instructs you to mix in the shortening [butter] with
your hands. I used a pastry blender so the warmth from
my hands would not melt the butter.

I cut the sugar by half and felt these were sweet enough.
I also used allspice in place of the cinnamon and nutmeg
called for in the recipe. I was a 1/4 cup short of AP flour
so I added whole wheat flour to make up the difference.

As you can see my batter is not nearly
as liquid as in the BWJ video.

If only these turned out as tasty as
they looked like they were going to.

I added blueberries to half of the batter.

No I did not eat the whole thing...
In my opinion these are not worth
the fat and calories.

If you would like to attempt this recipe yourself you can find it on Alisa's blog Easier Than Pie.

Please don't judge this recipe on my opinion only - check out my fellow blogger's results on the TWD website. Look for the Buttermilk Crumb Muffins LYL link.


  1. I really liked these, I´m sorry they didn´t really work for you, but the pics are wonderful!

  2. Your butter version seemed to have worked out way better than following the recipe worked for me.
    Beautifully done :-)

  3. the pics are great!

  4. At least yours look good! Mine resemble the Grand Canyon! I laughed.

  5. Your muffins look very great, I will try your butter version to compare texture and taste.

  6. Pics are terrific and I was not a fan of these muffins either . They just did not have much taste.

  7. Congrats on your new camera! Blueberries sound like a nice addition to this recipe. I agree with you that the recipe needs tweaking :)

  8. Beautiful pics! They do make these muffins look tasty! I felt they were pretty bland myself. As you say, definitely not worth the calories! But oh so pretty!

  9. What a beautiful photo shoot! I did like the muffins, but I also used all the sugar. So I won't be making these again any time soon. As you say--way too many calories.

  10. I thought they were all right. Like you said, probably not worth the calories though!

  11. Cathleen, I love all the pictures that you took, really wonderful! And the idea of adding blueberries sounds great - sorry, they were not really to your liking because they certainly look delicious!

  12. Cathleen, your muffins domed beautifully on top! I think I overfilled mine, because they were definitely pretty flat on top. Lovely pictures!

  13. Your photos look lovely. Sorry you did not like the recipe.

  14. Fantastic photos! I love taking pictures of food. It sits still!

  15. Adding blueberries was a wonderful idea!!! Great photos, Cathleen :)

  16. Great photos! Sorry that you didn't like the muffins, the blueberry one looks especially delicious though..

  17. Wish I had added blueberries. How could I not have thought of that? It would have added something to the muffins.

  18. too bad you didn't care for these. Not for everybody. adding blueberries sounds perfect.

  19. Gorgeous shots! What kind of camera did you get? I need a new one.

  20. Great photos! I'm sorry you didn't care for these. My family really enjoyed them - will have to add some blueberries next time.

  21. Fun photos!! I love it! One of them reminds me of Tron. :D
    I followed the recipe exactly what was written in the book, and my batter wasn't as wet as the video either.

  22. No matter how these tasted -- your pictures made it all worthwhile for me because I loved drooling over them! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com


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