Hello all muffin bakers,
Thanks to all the people who responded to my "Make me a muffin-- A Chowhound Challenge" thread. I am pleased to say I have received many good suggestions, and I'm ready to close entries (at least for the time being) and begin recipe and taste testing.
The entries are:
1 Oatmeal Apple Nut Muffins -- LisaN
2 Cranberry Apple Muffins -- Smokey
3 Pumpkin Muffins - Caitlin McGrath
4 Cardamom-Apricot Muffins -muffy
5 Moist and Chocolatey Zucchini (Cake) Muffins -- FunwithFood
6 Golden Grand Marnier (Cake) Muffins from the Cake Bible - Muffin
7 Apple Bran Muffins -- Buttercup
8 Muffin mix plus orange juice and orange zest - Cyndy
9 Doughnut Muffins from Fine Cooking -- Melissa
10 Coconut Bananna Muffins -- krissywats
Eliminated from competition (at my discretion -- sorry folks!):
Pomegranate Ginger Muffins -- thank you, creepygirl, for the enry, but I can't get pomegranate seeds but a few months of the year, plus I don't really like sweet ginger things. This might be a fab muffin, but it's just not right for my everyday morning pastry
Cranberry Buckwheat Muffins -- I've had a buckwheat muffin before (my sister is mad for them) and I seriously object to the texture, so I'm sorry, Rita, I won't be making these. Thanks very much for the entry
Various Joy of cooking muffins -- kbl. Thanks, kbl, for the idea, but I've baked all of the JOC muffin recipes and none of them wowed me.
Ok, now that we have the chosen few (wow -- a field of 10! I never thought I'd get more than 3-5!), I will start baking. This may take me several months, actually, to bake through all of them. I may make two recipes side by side and freeze them and alternate eating them, but probably never more than 2 at a time. With 12 muffins in each batch (except 6 for cardamom-apricot) and 10 recipes, by consumption rate of 1 per day, well, you do the math! It may be late summer before I'm through.
But I, as a loyal Chowhounder, promise I will bake through all of these recipes. I've reviewed them and they all have ingredients that I can get readily (yes, I found sources for flaxmeal and pumpkin butter!) and that I think I would enjoy making and eating.
The proud winner will be presented with a Cooking.com gift certificate from me, and I will discuss my results on this board, for any who are interested in this bake-off!
I really appreciate all the entries. I look forward to some extraordinary muffin experiences in the near future!