Saturday, November 5, 2011

saturday-morning-special

I think I love Saturday morning almost as much as I love Friday night sleep. Basically between the hours of 10 pm Friday and 10 am Saturday, I am a happy camper. Will and I slept in, woke up to a gorgeous sunny morning, and spent the past few hours drinking coffee and catching up on It's Always Sunny episodes. Perfect, except for the fact that I was hungry and wanting something a little more saturday-morning-special than cereal or a bagel. I browsed through my food board on pinterest, searching for something I could bake without needing to go to the store. Pumpkin cream cheese muffins jumped off the screen and said "make me, make me, make meeee!" So, I did.

 

They were a bit of a project, but oh so good. Sweetened cream cheese is pretty much the best thing ever. I made a few adjustments the recipe:
  • melted butter instead of oil
  • didn't make the cream cheese mixture into a log and freeze for two hours. Instead, stuck the bowl into the freezer for the 15 minutes or so while I prepared the rest of the muffins, and then put a blob in between the layers of pumpkin battter
  • turned the broiler on for the last few minutes to crisp up the top

I was surprised how well the cream cheese stayed in a solid layer even though it wasn't frozen like the recipe called for. It even did that neat little cream cheese eruption through the middle like Starbucks pumpkin muffins do!




More iphone pictures, by the way. I'm having camera issues lately. See that cream cheese layer in the middle? So good! It totally made the muffins. I used the rest of the muffin batter to make a loaf of pumpkin bread. I'm about to take it out of the oven, and then I'm going to drizzle the cream cheese over the top. Yum. We'll be munching on pumpkin treats for the next few days!

You might have also noticed that the dining room table is looking a little less black, orange, spider, and spider webbed. More on that later!

1 comment:

Chelsea said...

yum. pumpkin cream cheese muffins are so, so good. we should have a muffin party. coffee (or tea) and muffins. a muffin exchange. a movie date. something. YES.