Tuesdays with Dorie: Allspice Crumb Muffins

October 13, 2009

This week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie is Allspice Crumb Muffins. These are streusel-topped, lightly spiced muffins which are perfect for a fall day. The recipe was selected by Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table. Kayte does a ton baking and cooking, much of which is quickly consumed by her teenage son and the members of his swim team! My favorite part about her blog is looking at the photos of her family enjoying her food. Thanks Kayte for a great fall muffin!


What I did:

  • I made half of the recipe, and then further divided it to make half with allspice and half with cinnamon (I ended up with three muffins of each spice). My husband wasn’t enthusiastic about allspice, but I wanted to try it because I’ve never baked with it before.
  • To make it a little healthier, I used half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour in both the topping and the muffins.
  • For another healthier substitution, I replaced half of the butter in the muffin part with yogurt and reduced the butter in the topping.
  • I also used skim milk instead of whole because skim is what I always have in the refrigerator.
  • I baked the muffins in a silicone muffin pan. Some of the bakers had a problem with the topping melting and sliding off of the muffins, so I used the silicone pan because it has deep cups. I don’t usually use that pan, but it worked really well for these. (When I made the Blueberry Crumb Cake Muffins, I used a regular muffin pan and made a huge mess with the streusel.)
The toothpicks are marking the ones that have allspice.

The toothpicks are marking the ones that have allspice

How it went: With my two tiny batches, there was a lot of math involved, as well as a lot of dirty dishes! The only problem I had was that when I incorporated the liquids into the cooled melted butter, it started to solidify. I thought maybe the butter was too cool and was re-solidifying, so I gave it a couple of 5-second blasts in the microwave, but that didn’t help that much, so I whisked it as much as I could and then stirred it into the dry ingredients. Perhaps my other liquids were too cold when I added them to the butter.

How it tasted: My husband really enjoyed his cinnamon muffin. He thought that the topping was the best part, but also said that the bottom part was “not boring.” I tried an allspice muffin the day I baked it and it was good, but I had one the next day and thought it was even better. The spices mellowed out and it just seemed tastier. Although the topping is sweet, it isn’t an over-the-top sweet muffin. I’m sure the wheat flour changed the taste of the muffin, but I like the wheat flavor. It was great with a cup of coffee.

Would I make this again?: Yes, if I don’t have to split it into two different flavors! I like cinnamon, so I’d just make them all with cinnamon, or perhaps I would add allspice to the muffin part (it was very subtle) and cinnamon to the topping. If you’d like the recipe, go to Kayte’s blog or look on page 16 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.


A pretty fall tree in our yard


  1. Wow! Guess I need some silicone pans. Your muffins look perfect with none of the raggedy edges I got. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Your muffins look great! Cinnamon is a good idea. I was underwhelmed with these…although I agree with your husband–the top’s were the best part!

  3. Your muffins do look great. I had sliding streusel, but the muffins were still tasty. Not pretty, but tasty! Nice job. I will have to try the cinnamon next time.

  4. WOW! I love their shape! And the difference in color, two tone… is beautiful!

  5. The muffins look wonderful. I had the same problem with my liquid ingredients. I ended up blasting it in the microwave and whisking it a lot. I think I want a silicone muffin pan, the shape is wonderful. Love the tree.

  6. Wow, your muffins are GORGEOUS! Nice job, Jill!

    LOVE the pic of the tree in your yard…how beautiful!!!!:)

  7. Beautiful.

    I thought that maybe you had used some tulip muffin liners.

  8. great idea using a bigger muffin cup.

    what a beautiful tree! so jealous!

  9. Gorgeous fall tree!
    Great looking muffins. I made a lot of the same healthier changes. BUT, I also made a allspice chocolate chip coffee cake instead of muffins!

  10. What a perfect shot for Fall! Your muffins look perfect too – nice and domed, with the topping intact! šŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed them (but not the dishes) and that you will make them again – I’l add some cinnamon too!

  11. Great study !! Actually I have to try the cinnamon in the crumb part it must be super !!

  12. Your muffins look delicious, and I love your healthy substitutions. Your tree is gorgeous – we really don’t get fall in Brisbane.

  13. I love how the layers look on your muffins, I guess the silicone pan is the way to go with these! I used some whole wheat flour and thought the taste was great with the spices.

  14. What a great silicone pan! I love your altering of ingredients and the muffins do become more pronounced in allspice flavor the next day. I was surprised.

  15. Thank you so much for the lovely sentiments in your post regarding my blog. It’s funny b/c I thought I would be professional this week and not include a family photo (the reason I include that each week is a bit of a joke as one of my dear friends who lives far from me and knew me pre-baking days always says, ‘Yes, I hear that you are baking, but I am going to need direct evidence that people are actually eating it,’ so that’s why the photo is on there every week…she is Matt’s Godmother, so I usually use him as the “proof.” I love your beautiful photography and the tree is gorgeous…perfect for weather for an allspice or cinnamon muffin…the cinnamon one sounds really great. My favorite part about visiting the blogs each week is seeing what others use as subs or add-ins…always so inspiring. Yours are perfect! Thanks for baking with me this week.

  16. Wow! Awesome photo of the tree changing colors. I miss that – in Vegas, nothing changes between seasons.

    Anyways, these muffins were great and definitely worth making again.

  17. Your muffins look gorgeous and I love your substitutions! I will try the cinnamon in the crumb part!

  18. These were good, weren’t they. Yours look great and love that you did two batches.

    The tree is lovely. Ours won’t do that until November and then all the leaves drop all at once.

  19. I love cinnamon and I think the muffins look great. Gorgeous tree!

  20. Mmmm, I like how your topping looks nice and brown-sugary. Kudos to you for trying two versions. They both sound good!

  21. My butter also went lumpy when I added the liquid. Like you, I whisked like crazy with no change. When they were done, they were fine and buttery, so it all worked out.
    I love how tall your muffins are. Very inviting!

  22. Your topping looks perfect!I may have to try the cinnamon version.

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