A different sort of publication venue

This has nothing to do with OR or even public policy, but it’s a good source of Vitamin A. My love of orange foods has finally paid off: the pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe I submitted to the Chicago Tribune was published on October 24. It’s not my first choice for a publication venue, but I’ll take it! I found out about the recipe from my sister, who cut out the recipe because she thought it looked tasty. Last night, when she bought the ingredients and sat down to bake, she read the recipe more carefully and noticed that it was my recipe (it’s funny how genetics work). The recipe works well with sweet potatoes as well. The optional sugar on top was added by the Tribune people in the review process, but that’s the only real change. I reprinted the recipe below.

Pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins (or 36 mini muffins)

1 cup canned pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or unbleached white flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon each: baking soda, cinnamon, salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate or carob chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 teaspoons raw sugar, optional

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the pumpkin, water, oil, flax seeds and vanilla in a blender; process on high until well blended, about 1 minute. Set aside.

2. Mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl; add the pumpkin mixture, stirring until well blended. (Add a little water if the mixture seems dry.) Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts.

3. Spoon the batter evenly into a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners or sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle each muffin with 1/4 teaspoon of the raw sugar, if desired.

4. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan; gently remove from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

One response to “A different sort of publication venue

  • gretel

    Thanks for posting your recipe. I’ve made this numerous times since reading the recipe in the tribune (except using a bundt pan instead of muffins). Today the recipe is no longer available on the tribune website…so I panicked until I found your site. I love the recipe, especially since it is vegan–although I’m not vegan, I love to sample the batter that doesn’t have any eggs in it! Thanks.

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