2012/11/05

Diversion Tactics (TWD BWJ: Buttermilk Crumb Muffins)


This was one of those weeks where it behooved me to remember the tag line of this site: "Because things don't always work out the way you thought they would - both in life & in the kitchen..."

That pretty much sums up my experience with this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.

And I don't really want to talk about it.

So I am TOTALLY changing the subject.



The way that I see it, it is a woman's prerogative to change the subject when it comes to certain topics:

Age.

Hair color.

Weight/ dress size.

Shopping excursions.

Epic kitchen fails.


Sooooo....

Smarties. (The candy - as in those little rolls of pure sugar disks.)

Love them or hate them?

I was listening to some random talk show on the radio the other day and the show hosts were making a list of worst Halloween candies (i.e. you are a total loser if you hand them out because no one like them).

And one of the first candies they said on the "no" list was Smarties.

My mouth dropped open.

I love those little sugar bombs.

And Tootsie Rolls (but only if they are really fresh).

But there weren't any around my house this year.

I was a total coward and fled the house on trick or treat night. I absolutely can't just sit inside the house with my lights off and not give out candy. Major guilt trip.

There was something in me that wasn't ready to face the hundreds of trick or treaters that usually come to the front door each year. So I hid.

Maybe next year I will have my Halloween mojo back. Because there is nothing like greeting those cute little faces looking up at you with an expectant look on their face.

Anyhoo...hopefully, that was enough to distract you all away from the ugly muffins.

Peace out...

This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. For the full recipe, hop on over to the site of this weeks host: Alisa of Easier Than Pie.

34 comments:

  1. They weren't the most attractive things to make that's for sure!
    Smooth transition to the smarties tho! Very nice!
    I rallied my daughters friends around to stand outside and hang out and hand out lollies. But I've been guilty of closing shop and heading out many times!

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  2. Oh no! Bummer! These were good, but they make too many muffins for something that isn't very good the next day. Who eats 16 muffins in one go? Come on now.

    You're not alone in your Smartie-love. My husband claimed that the fact that I didn't buy any Smarties this year (I didn't see any!!) proves that I hate him. (joking, of course.)

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  3. LOL. Smarties in Oz are like M&Ms, so I am assuming that your smarties are like our Fruit Tingles. If that's right, I love Fruit Tingles - I would lap them up.

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  4. They were OK looking even if they baked right, but they tasted really good! Your story is great Cher, and you can have any treat you want on halloween, especially if you`re feeling under the weather. Hope you have a great week!

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  5. smooth.. really smooth.. love the transition to talk about smarties!! haha.. isnt it strange how such a harmless recipe like muffins.. should be one of the disappointments of the book!!!

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  6. Sorry, about your muffins and smarties. I don't like smarties either. We passed out Milky Ways. I heard on the radio that they were on the top tier but I don't like them so it was a win-win.
    But oh my muffins--yours look good compared to mine. That is the truth. It just wasn't a great day for cooking!
    But they didn't taste bad.

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  7. L O V E smarties!! Bummer about your muffins - if it's any consolation they (mine) did not have a lot of flavor. Too bad for I was looking forward to one with my morning coffee.

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  8. Darn sorry they did not turn out for you. I made minis!

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  9. I'm sorry about the kitchen mishap. These things happen. We also ducked out on halloween this year. I didn't want continuous knocks at the door to keep my one-year-old up past his bedtime.

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  10. You are not alone. Your muffins look very much like mine did - what is with the dent in the center of each one?! Based on everyone's comments, I'm starting to think there's something wrong with the recipe. which is hard to imagine, given what I would expect to be the level of scrutiny applied to the recipes in J. Child books).

    With respect to Smarties, we have often passed them out, and there are always some folks that are quite enthusiastic...it's good to have something for the crowd that doesn't want chocolate, or is nut-allergic.

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  11. I don't even have to hide on Halloween - I live on a dangerous stretch of road (traffic-wise, not because there are, like, packs of scary clowns roaming the 'hood), so no one comes my way. 12 years - not one trick or treater. It's nice. :) (Oh, and about the muffins, don't feel bad - I tooled around a bit, and they generally didn't look too nice anywhere - kind of pale and scraggly, like they needed a crumb topping or something.)

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    1. Did you know there was just a clown convention in Mexico? Totally couldn't finish reading the story about it - was too freaked out.

      Sadly - these did have a crumb topping on them...It didn't help :-(

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  12. Cher, what a fun post - love the "facts" about the Halloween candies, never mind those muffins, they were fun to make though!

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  13. I love Tootsie Rolls! I haven't been able to pilfer any this Halloween season. My muffins sank a tiny bit, not the one I photographed, but I thought they tasted good. And so easy!

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  14. I'm very anti-Smarties. They're not real candy. It's just compressed sugar. I need some effort like chocolate and caramel.

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  15. I'm sorry your muffins didn't turn out the way you wanted them too. I hate when that happens. I fled my house for Halloween this year too, but I'm hoping I'll be up for it next year. It can be so fun.

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  16. I don't actually buy Smarties, but the seem to find their way into my mouth whenver they are lying around. They seem so harmless. My muffins started out like craters, but somehow managed to even out in the last few minutes of baking. Love your writing.

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  17. Oooh Smarties. :) Have not had them in a while. Should go and buy them now. Woo hoo!

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  18. I am not a fan of Smarties, but I could eat a lot of mini Tootsie Rolls. Dots were also on the list of loser candies...and I LOVE those! See how well you diverted us????

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  19. OK - I don't feel so bad about skipping this recipe, if the results aren't super spectacular... If it's any consolation, for some reason, I can never, never, like never EVER, make Rice Krispie squares.

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  20. Ah, sometimes things just don't work out and it's ok. We can move on. I was unimpressed with this one, but it could just be me and my mood.

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  21. I had the same indentations and thought it was the flour I was using. But did they taste good?

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  22. To me, the bottom line question always comes down to this: Is it edible, even if it's possibly unattractive? If it is edible, then it is good enough. That said, I have prepared my fair share of items that have become bird treats. FWIW, your muffins turned out better-looking than mine, so yay for you!

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  23. I am totally on Team Smarties. I love Smarties. Sorry these didn't turn out. Oh well - the brownies for later this month sound amazing! :)

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  24. I am with you on the fresh Tootsie Rolls. I'm sorry this recipe didn't work out for you. I don't think they are ugly at all - nothing that a little smartie or tootsie or a piece of chocolate in the center can't fix.

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  25. Smarties = fine. Tootsie rolls = better. No post-Halloween candy in the house to tempt me all day = the best.

    Sorry about the muffins. I didn't have problems with them, but they still weren't my favorite. I'll post about it later. Check back...

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  26. me and you, we were in the same mental state I think...

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  27. Love smarties and who cares about the muffins. they weren't that great anyway. IMO

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  28. I love smarties and I love peace, muffins are just overrated cupcakes in my opinion....

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  29. Tootsie rolls, Really? I love Tootsie Rolls and Smarties! Sorry your muffins didn’t work out…it seems like a lot of people had trouble with them. Fun Post!

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  30. I can't have smarties all the time, but if it's once a year, I'm not going to pass them up! I used to LOVE them when I was young. I used to crush them with my molars and pretend I had dentures. It was fun times. Sorry to hear about your muffin thing. It happens. I would say, for me, it's common. :)

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  31. You haven't had a good week, have you? I have to say that I don't like Smarties or Tootsie Rolls, at all. And I love Halloween. I'd especially like it if 100 trick-or-treaters visited me :)

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