Pumpkin Muffins

November 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

J: So, here I am again after a long hiatus.  The last couple of weeks have been insane for me in terms of grad school eating my life (proof: I was at school yesterday from approximately 9:30am to approximately 11:30pm. It was not happy.), but I have finished my last major thing for a few weeks so I’m free to post!  And fittingly, I’m coming back with pumpkins.  Pumpkin muffins are easily my favorite kind of muffin, almost certainly due to memories of cool, crisp New England mornings, hot coffee, and a pumpkin muffin keeping me awake in early classes in college.  Those pumpkin muffins were not the greatest ever, but they were in fact the beginning of my love for (read: obsession with) all things pumpkin-flavored, so I certainly have them to thank for that.

i missed them as soon as they were gone

Naturally, then, we had to make pumpkin muffins this fall — as soon as one could reasonably claim it was fall, of course.  We merged two recipes that we found from two equally amazing food bloggers, The Pioneer Woman (for the spicing) and Smitten Kitchen (for everything else).  These were absolutely delicious for breakfast or dessert — or lunch… or dinner… or midnight snacks… just make them, is what I’m trying to say.  You’ve got time; pumpkin season is still on at least through Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Muffins
(recipe adapted from here and here)
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 c butter, melted
1 c canned pumpkin purée (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c  sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
For the topping:
1 tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350.  Either line a muffin tin with liners, or (our preferred way since we don’t have liners) grease the tin, dust with flour, and invert and tap over a sink to get rid of the excess.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.  In a large bowl, combine your melted butter with all other ingredients.

the start of something beautiful

Whisk together until smooth, and then slowly add the flour mixture to this bowl, whisking as you go.

still whisking

Still whisking above… and fully-whisked below.

just one word: self-restraint

Dole out the muffin batter into your muffin tins.  We selected our largest tins (because, I mean, why would you ever go smaller?) and the recipe made about six, but if you go for more reasonably-sized muffins (ha!) you could easily get ten or twelve.

Once your batter is divided, mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping in a small bowl, and sprinkle a good few pinches of that over each muffin.  Be generous.  You’ll have some left over.

the final touch

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.  Check early, since you don’t want to dry out these beauties.

that's the stuff

Remove from the muffin tin when they’re done, and let cool for as long as you can stand before digging in.

We couldn’t wait terribly long.


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