October 10, 2006

More Pumpkin Muffin News

MuffinsMaggie reminded me that she’d bought me a Pumpkin Pecan quickbread mix from Williams Sonoma. Since I love pumpkin muffins, I baked some up.

They were pretty damn yummy. I can’t take much credit, since they’re from a mix, but they are almost as good as the Dunkin Donut version. Now I’m really interested in making these from scratch.

I can’t find the Williams Sonoma mix offered online, but it’s in a striped Pumpkin-colored bag if you happen to wander into the Williams Sonoma in the Providence Place Mall. Maybe they’re not offering it nationally this year, and the stores are just trying to go through last year’s stock (which was marked as being good through 2007, according to the bag I had.)

Williams Sonoma have a recipe on their site which may or may not be the same as the mix. It sounds promising, but I haven’t tried it yet. To modify for muffins, I’d bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. And use pecans instead of walnuts.

My maple version of the frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup maple butter (which is just concentrated maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix them all together until smooth. It’s far more frosting than you need, in my opinion, if you’re making muffins. YMMV. If you don’t have maple butter, you might try using maple syrup (you’ll have to adjust the sugar, because maple syrup has less sugar in it per weight and volume than maple butter. Maybe use some sort of natural maple flavor concentrate.)

Posted by James at October 10, 2006 11:01 AM
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BTW - Maggie says they wanted $10 for the mix originally, and it makes a dozen muffins (I made 11 because 12 would have resulted in some tiny muffins).

I don't know what mixes usually go for, and she bought it for half price at the time because it was in the post-Thanksgiving before-Christmas period. $10 seems steep, but I have to give Williams Sonoma credit for using quality ingredients. They didn't come out tasting like a cheap mix.

Posted by: James at October 10, 2006 11:41 AM

Those look yummy. Maple butter has always been one of my favorite things on earth.

My Mom and I still miss the maple butter that was made in New Bedford and sold at Almacs when I was a kid but Vermont's Maple Grove Farms versions are decent substitutes. Thankfully they're becoming easier to find in grocery stores so I no longer need to stock up at Atkins Farms every time I pass through Amherst.

Posted by: Mike at October 10, 2006 11:45 AM

Mmmm. Maple.

Posted by: Julie at October 10, 2006 11:53 AM

If I can arrange it, Mike, maybe you'll get to try these muffins sometime soon.

Posted by: James at October 10, 2006 11:59 AM

I bought the mix at the Williams Sonoma outlet at the Wrentham Outlets, just FYI, and as James says, it was after Thanksgiving. Mmmm. We went into W.S. yesterday and they were baking it, and we got to go home and recreate that smell. That's a yummy store!

Posted by: Maggie at October 10, 2006 3:15 PM

Yes James $10 is steep for muffin mix. It's that expensive because it has William Sonoma on it. Last Chistmas I ended up with a $25 WS gift certificate and couldn't fins anything I wanted that didn't require me spending more than I wanted to for (eg nice pans that still would have cost more than I could get them for somewhere else). I ended up getting myself approximately 1.5 lbs. of coffee. That's right coffee that cost almost $17 a pound! I mean it was damn fine coffe but come on.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at October 11, 2006 8:21 AM

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