October 16, 2008

surplus of squash, part 2

The battle of the butternut squash muffins continues!


I won't lie. The first recipe I tried was darn good, and I had already pretty much decided that it would take an extremely awesome recipe to top it.

I do love a good contest, and sadly, there was not one here. These little puppies, replete with chocolate-covered ginger, simply weren't as tasty. That's right--even chocolate couldn't give them an edge. Mind you, this is just my opinion and they could turn out to be the best muffins anyone and everyone else has ever tasted. They've got potential, there's no doubt about that, but they were just a little too gummy and a little to squashy for me.


Here's a thought--maybe it's just the lack of cinnamon. :)

Butternut Muffins with Chocolate-Covered Ginger
(based on these)

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butternut squash puree
1/3 cup melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chocolate-covered ginger

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease, spray, or line muffin tin.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and ginger. In a larger bowl, mix the squash, butter, eggs, water, and sugar together and combine with the dry ingredients, until just incorporated. Do not over-mix. Fold in the chocolate-covered ginger.

Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes (20 minutes for mini-muffins). Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin.

Makes 12 regular muffins or 24 mini-muffins.


One more thing, and this is of the utmost importance: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMMICUS!

47 comments:

Tiffany said...

I like the idea of squash muffins- it seems like a tricky thing- dessert or vegetable?

kat said...

it seems like those chocolate bits should take it over the top but if the texture isn't actually right then I can see the problem

jodycakes said...

You are SOOOOOOOOOO creative...both squash-ie posts are awesome. I wanna make some now!!!
I might just do that over the weekend.
thanks for the ideas!!!

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Is the chocolate covered ginger too chewy for a muffin?

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

squash muffins, mmm they look great and have come out really well...

lisaiscooking said...

Too bad it wasn't a closer race; obviously it was the lack of cinnamon. They look delicious!

anudivya said...

Chocolate covered ginger? Please adopt me!

Sandy said...

you are amazing - butternut squash, why not? YUM.

Lo said...

I'm taking your word for the fact that these babies weren't quite as tasty (despite the lovely chocolate covered ginger). But, that's the price of creativity! :)

Robin Sue said...

Man all I made with my squash was soup. But creative you had a contest. Love It!! Too bad the second ones weren't so hot. The chocolate covered ginger did sound hopeful. Too bad :-(

Rachel said...

I can't seem to resist the temptation to bake some of these....

Peter M said...

I think cinnamon or allspice would pair well with the ginger in here.

Deborah said...

you win some, you lose some!!

Maria said...

I bet the cinnamon would add a nice touch. They look good!! I guess we all have our favorites though:)

Helene said...

I like the different recipes that you are trying. Usually I like anything with chocolate.

Lisa said...

Sounds tempting! I love squash in breads and muffins. It sounds so healthy. And I've got to say that chocolate covered ginger seems like a great idea. But I'll take your word on the gummy, squashy thing and save my butternut squash for another recipe!

Pam said...

Well, I like gummy, squashy muffins, so I might just have to give these a try!

The Blonde Duck said...

I think you're brave for even trying! I'd wuss out and broil the suckers. I just am amazed at how you can make squash of all things, not a particularly pretty food, look delicious!

Bridgett said...

This is creative but I am going to agree with some of the other comments that maybe some cinnamon would have been a great addition. They sure do look tasty.

Marjie said...

Lack of cinnamon harms everything! I'm with you on that one. I ordered a butternut squash from my milkman because of your posts here, but I haven't decided what to do with it. Maybe I'm going to treat it like sweet potatoes. Or maybe I'll make a pie.

noble pig said...

I love the bubbly look these muffins have, they are so cool. Yeah, I can see where the lack of cinnamon might have harmed the final product!

Sharon said...

Yes, a lack of cinnamon is always disastrous! I add it into just about everything, whether it belongs or not :) Delicious or not, these squash muffins look so yummy!

LyB said...

Now I'm craving muffins! Good thing I'm making pumpkin muffins tomorrow. Happy Birthday to your mom! :)

Lorraine E said...

What intriguing looking muffins! And I think I need to sample these and the other ones before offering up an opinion on which is better. You have my address right? ;)

Bunny said...

Well you did something I wouldn't have thought of Grace, you made muffins from squash , you've got me thinking outside the box!

Veronica said...

Really? Not as tasty? I do love chocolate and ginger together...they look good though!

Bellini Valli said...

Happy Birthday Mamma...
The battle continues.........

Cara said...

the flavor combination sounds great! sorry the texture didn't turn out quite right.

hot garlic said...

Okay, I missed the first one but you've piqued my interest! It must have been really good for this not to top it!

Half Baked said...

Both muffins look really tasty. thanks for the great recipes!

Dee Light said...

Chocolate and ginger are a great combination, too bad the muffin was less than the best!! I'll have to check out the winner.

Tabitha Blue said...

Hmm, they still LOOK delish! Good job on the photos anyway! Chocolate seems like it'd be a recipe topper too. I do love cinnamon as well though, maybe next time...


Yes, TGIF!!!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
:)
~Tabitha~

Lucy said...

Kudo's are deserved!! With best intentions & ideas sometimes it just doesn't work... but they do look so awesome nonetheless..

Lori said...

Oh the sugary things you do with butternut squash. I love it. Great creations, very inspiring.

Prudy said...

Oh please don't ever ever run out of squash! I'm drooling.

Y said...

Oh what a pity,.. just from the photo alone, these look so promising. Maybe it was the lack of cinnamon, yep..

MaryBeth said...

Chocolate cover ginger...who knew, they certainly look good.

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Kevin said...

Chocolate covered ginger sounds good. Putting it in butternut squash muffins is a good idea!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Gumminess in a muffin is a definite downer. The ginger sounds like it would be a tasty treat, though.

Jude said...

I'm gonna have to try both and see for myself. I'm sure I won't be disappointed with either.

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

Creativity at its best!

They look really delicious!! Loved your idea!

Vera said...

But these certainly look good, Grace! Very Happy Birthday to your mother!

Ann said...

Oh wow.... *looking* at these, I thought you were going to say these were way better! Just goes to show you, you cannot judge a muffin by it's cover!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I was expecting them to be savory but was pleasantly surprised to find them full of sweetness. They look so pretty, and I just love this idea.

Jeanne said...

Wow - now there's an idea - chocolate covered ginger in a muffin... I am thinking it might be fun to try that idea with other muffin flavours?

Sophie said...

Chocolate covered ginger? That sounds intense! The muffins are so cute. Keep 'em comin'!