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Newest Recipe Testing – Sally’s Baking Habit


overhead photo of 30+ pumpkin muffins.

In in the present day’s Recipe Testing publish, I’m sharing the newest recipes coming from my kitchen. With the beginning of fall, I’ve had pumpkin and apple a-plenty, however that’s undoubtedly not all!

The Excellent Pumpkin Muffin

Whereas there’s no scarcity of pumpkin muffin and cupcake recipes on my web site, I’ve been on a quest to excellent the important pumpkin muffin recipe. As a result of typically you don’t need all of the further-ness of pumpkin cheesecake muffins and pumpkin crumb cake muffins. Typically you simply need to shortly whip up a batch of merely pumpkin muffins.

Fundamental does NOT should equal boring, and these deliciously mushy, moist, and flavorful pumpkin muffins are proof of that! (Although including some chocolate chips is completely acceptable.) That is the pumpkin muffin recipe you’ll need to make repeatedly, as a result of it’s dependable, straightforward, and satisfying.

To search out the proper pumpkin muffin recipe, we examined variations of recipes already on my web site:

  1. Pumpkin Cupcakes: Too mushy, gentle, & cakey to be a muffin. (Although it actually could be!)
  2. Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins: So tasty. However a tad too candy to be an “on a regular basis” kind of muffin.
  3. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes: Yummy, however not sufficient pumpkin taste.
  4. Pumpkin Bread: A favourite! However just like the pumpkin crumb cake muffins, a tad too candy for an “on a regular basis” breakfast.

The pumpkin crumb cake muffins (#2) and pumpkin bread (#4) recipes are so related and that’s what I ended up utilizing—I simply decreased the sugar. Like most muffin recipes, the batter wants a liquid. You should utilize complete milk, buttermilk, or any dairy or nondairy milk you take pleasure in. I truly use orange juice in my pumpkin bread recipe and you possibly can actually use it within the muffins too.

ALL THE MUFFINS! The very best pumpkin muffins are on the high:

3 baking pans of pumpkin muffins.

Creamier Salted Caramel Frosting

I’ve been engaged on this frosting for a very long time and it’s higher than ever now: see new & improved salted caramel frosting after which let me stroll you thru the recipe testing.

The recipe has truly lived on my web site for a number of years and a few readers had been reporting issue and recipe fails. Again to testing…

Crew member Beth and I made so many batches in someday that we questioned if we’d begin seeing pop-up advertisements for dentists in our social media accounts. LOL. Frustratingly, the frosting batches saved yielding completely different outcomes. One was too exhausting, one other too grainy, and many others.

  1. First, we examined utilizing chilly butter vs. room temperature butter.
  2. After which we examined utilizing complete milk as an alternative of cream.
  3. Then we modified the pan.
  4. After which it was darkish or gentle brown sugar.

You recognize dueling pianos? Nicely, we had dueling salted caramel saucepans going at one level, attempting to get this recipe to prove properly persistently.

Nevertheless it wasn’t the butter, milk vs. cream, pan, gentle vs. darkish brown sugar, and many others. The issue was merely overcooking it! The recipe used to name for boiling the caramel sauce for 3 minutes, which is simply too lengthy for my new range. For precise recipe success, you want a sweet thermometer right here. The caramel ought to boil solely till it reaches a temperature of 230°F (110°C), after which ought to be faraway from the warmth. The time that takes varies from range to range and pan to pan.

Additionally, just be sure you absolutely mix the melted butter and brown sugar BEFORE including the heavy cream and salt. If there’s a layer of oily butter on high of the cooking combination, your batch of brown sugar caramel will prove grainy:

over-cooked and grainy brown sugar caramel mixture in pot.

And right here’s the caramel in the event you prepare dinner it too lengthy. That is precise actual caramel that I over-cooked, cooled within the pan too lengthy, then tried to switch to a bowl. Are you able to think about this as frosting? What a multitude:

over-cooked caramel mixture in glass bowl.

The brand new directions within the salted caramel frosting recipe imply success. It’s clean, creamy, and fudge-like and tastes unbelievable piped on apple spice cupcakes or unfold on banana cake.

Coming Quickly: Crammed Chocolate Cupcakes

Spoiler alert: Later this week I’m publishing a brand new chocolate cupcake taste/variation. It’s most likely my new favourite cupcake recipe, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

I used to be hesitant to make use of this chocolate cupcakes recipe as the bottom for this upcoming variation. The chocolate taste isn’t as robust because it may very well be, and a few readers have reported having hassle with the cupcakes sinking within the center. So I opted to check a pair new chocolate cupcake recipes:

  1. Take a look at #1: We used this small chocolate cake recipe and doubled the batter substances. The flavour was a bit meh, particularly compared to the subsequent batch we examined.
  2. Take a look at #2: We used fan-favorite chocolate cake and halved the substances. The flavour of those was WOW. However they had been a bit sticky, which made them tough to carve into for a filling. (Sure, the cupcakes will likely be stuffed!)
  3. Take a look at #3: We changed the buttermilk with bitter cream, to see if that made the cupcakes a bit sturdier. It did, however the taste was inferior to the buttermilk batch, they usually weren’t as moist.
  4. Take a look at #4+ (we misplaced depend!): We continued to mess around with buttermilk vs. bitter cream, and the quantity of oil and egg, however nothing may evaluate to Take a look at Batch #2 when it got here to pure chocolatey taste. However we did uncover that refrigerating the cupcakes for a short time earlier than reducing into them to fill helped lots with the sticky-soft texture challenge. Keep tuned later this week for the recipe!

I do know these look burnt, nevertheless it was bizarre lighting and this was taken with a cellphone. A number of batches and many style testers having fun with frosting-less cupcakes:

chocolate cupcakes in various containers.

Not Coming Quickly: Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

I believed pumpkin sage dinner rolls could be an enormous hit, however they turned out to be an enormous miss. Pumpkin by itself doesn’t have a powerful taste, which is why we’re all the time including pumpkin pie spice to it in our baking. Utilizing pumpkin in a yeast dough works for pumpkin cinnamon rolls, however most likely due to the candy pumpkin spice filling.

However when pairing it with herby sage, style testers and I couldn’t style the pumpkin in any respect. All of the pumpkin did was flip the dough yellow. (Although the sage taste was wonderful!) My husband questioned why the dinner rolls had been so… mustardy yellow. “Are you able to style the pumpkin?” I requested. And he replied, “tastes like… yellow.”

8 pumpkin rolls on marble counter.

Again to the drafting board! The crew and I’ll preserve testing, and hopefully quickly provide you with a brand new savory spiced or herbed dinner roll recipe as an alternative. Keep tuned!

Q: What have you ever baked and LOVED these days?

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