Muffin Monday: Rum & Raisin Muffins

Let’s get this party started!

Rum flavoured muffins first thing in the morning means there is no excuse not to enjoy Mondays. Only problem is that along with goat cheese and pears, my palette has a disdain for raisins (only like them in raisin toast) and rum (details are hazy but it involved overindulgence on my 19th birthday).

Ugh.

I knew I would have to alter the recipe to suite the prejudices of my taste buds. At first I thought oh it would be great if I added crushed pineapple, some coconut, macadamia nuts, mango purée, and let’s not forget about chocolate chips. I realized I was getting a tad carried away when my hubby pointed out that no matter how many other ingredients I added it wouldn’t make the raisins or rum disappear. Good point. Thanks sweetie. You probably saved me from a muffin disaster.


What I did decide to do was add ½ cup of chopped walnuts, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg, and not being able to bring myself to add regular raisins (baby steps people!) I opted for golden raisins instead. Fearing the muffins would be rather bland and unexciting, I also made an eggnog cream cheese icing. Hey no judging! If we can use alcohol in a muffin recipe why not take it to the next level.


I used my go-to cream cheese frosting recipe and added a dash of LorAnn eggnog flavoured oil. A little goes a long way with this type of flavouring, which is 3-4 times the strength of regular water/alcohol-based flavourings or extracts. (NOTE: you can purchase the LorAnn eggnog flavoured oil through my online store for $2.19 USD. Be sure to check out the other great flavours that are available and let your culinary imagination run wild!)


So how did this week’s muffin experiment turn out? Sinfully good. They tasted like a rum and eggnog latte – which was kinda cool. I can’t imagine these muffins without cinnamon or nutmeg, and am happy with how the spices added to the overall flavour. As for the raisins, they held a strong (but not unpleasant) taste of rum, but then again I did let them soak for four hours. By the time I added them to the batter there was no liquid left. The walnuts were another great addition and broke up the intensity of the raisins which I found overpowered the muffin. I would recommend adding half of the suggested amount. Sometimes less is more. Except in the case of my icing where the more the merrier is unquestionably the case.


I realize that these treats turned out more like a cupcake than a muffin by the time I finished tinkering with the recipe, but then again if you’re adding booze to your morning muffin chances are you’re not going to complain about a dollop (or two…or three…) of icing.

For a copy of the recipe for Rum & Raisin Muffins, please click here

NOTE: I will be away next week so unfortunately will not be able to participate in Muffin Monday, but be sure to check Baker Street’s site to see what deliciousness is being cooked up by the other foodies!

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

 

20 comments on “Muffin Monday: Rum & Raisin Muffins

  1. Food: Je t'Aimée on said:

    Great minds DO think alike! I love it! Didn’t the cream cheese work so well with these? I love your additions of nutmeg and egg nog flavouring, too.

    Speaking of which… EGG NOG?! Brilliant. I adore the stuff (have been sorely deprived of it while abroad the past few years) and I had no idea you could buy it in oil form. You have just altered the course of my baking life – thank you!

  2. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yes I LOVE eggnog as well! Always so hard to wait till the holidays to partake. But with this flavoured oil Christmas has come early!

  3. Annapet on said:

    I love what you did with this. Can barely taste the Creme de Cassis in mine, which made me think of the Lychee liqueur I love so much.

    Thank you for sharing. Spices definitely a must.

  4. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Annapet – I love how there were three of us in the not fans of raisins camp 😉

  5. Valerie on said:

    I love rhum/raisins! I really have to make those muffin and i’ll try it with your frosting, looks yummy, i think it’s a great idea!

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Valerie! The icing turned out fantastic (my favourite part)…would highly recommend trying it out :)

  7. carolineadobo on said:

    Eggnog cream cheese ice cream sounds sinfully delicious. Love the addition of spices and walnuts.

  8. Ohh lovely additions! Nice touch with the frosting, they look sinfully good. I used a mix of golden and regular raisins :)

  9. Alan Cooke on said:

    Awesome, Love the idea of cream cheese frosting. Egg Nog is not my fave, but I could adapt! :-)

  10. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Twist your rubber arm Alan?!

  11. Baker Street on said:

    Cream cheese on these rummy delights sounds perfect J.

    We’ll miss you next week!

  12. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yes Caroline – the combo of cinnamon and nutmeg paired perfectly with these muffins. Turned out well!

  13. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Oh Yuri – you are a brave raisin fan 😉 How did you find the combo of regular and golden raisins?

  14. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    I look forward to reading what muffin yumminess the rest of the group creates next week!

  15. Elena @3greenOnions on said:

    Oh the frosting…mmmm…can I eat it with a spoon?:) Love your take on these. We’ll miss you next week.

  16. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Elena – we ate it with spoons 😉 I will live vicariously through the rest of the group for next week’s muffin recipe! Hope it’s good :)

  17. Nastassia on said:

    oh wow cream cheese and egg nog I can only imagine how amazing these must have been!

  18. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    They were just as amazing as they sound Nastassia!

  19. carolineadobo on said:

    I’m so embarassed, I typed “ice cream” instead of icing. I must’ve have been still sleeping this morning when I left that comment. 😉 Your muffins made me think of Christmas, can’t believe it’s almost here!

  20. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Caroline you are right about Christmas not being too far away! In fact, someone recently told me there are only 120 shopping days left…yikes!

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