In my never ending Pumpkinpalooza, I picked up the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin mix for fun thinking that maybe my kids would like some pumpkin bread for breakfast or a snack. Boy did I hit a homerun with my kids! Not that this was the worlds greatest pumpkin bread, but it sure is easy to make!
This is another one of those seasonal products that Trader Joe’s introduces this time of year. I am losing track of how many Pumpkin inspired items there are. I promise I’ll stop reviewing them in a couple of days and time to move on to some of the other new items I picked up on a recent shopping trip. In between the time I bought the mix and when I made it, my wife had bought the kids some pumpkin bread at the local Starbucks for a treat one day. They went nuts and so we broke out the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread mix and I made it last Sunday morning for breakfast.
Obviously, this is a more involved product than your regular pop it in the microwave type of things that Trader Joe’s make so often. Not quite from scratch either, but pretty darn close! Basically, what you get is a box of mix and you have to add water, oil and some eggs to the mix. Lightly mix it up and then either put it in a loaf pan or a cupcake pan. We opted for the cupcakes! It says to only fill up the cupcakes holder things about 2/3 full, but based on how much “lift” we got out of these things, I would say you could almost fill them to the brim.
So we mixed everything up and the kids even helped out filling up the cupcake pan and then we popped them in the oven. They were supposed to finish baking in about 18 minutes but it ended up taking more than 20 minutes. No biggy. We pulled them out of the oven, and oh by the way, they made the kitchen smell great! We put them on a rack to let them cool and tasted them.
First off let me say the kids absolutely loved them! I thought the muffins were pretty good, but not outstanding. The muffins didn’t rise all that much. You can see in the picture that they came only a little above the brim. Next time I will fill the holes up more so we get a good muffin top on them. I did expect a little more pumpkin spice flavor. It was very mild on these, which is probably why my kids loved them so much. Next time I might through some nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips in them to make them more interesting. We’ve gone through three boxes of them since they came out a couple of weeks ago, which is OK with me because one of my sons is pretty picky for breakfast foods and he is gobbling these down.
Would I buy them again? Of course! The Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin mix is pretty darn good on it’s own, but is missing something that could be fixed with nuts, dried fruit or something like that to give it a bit more texture and flavor. Maybe a dash of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice (in the spice section). I am going to rate the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin mix 7 Bells!