Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins

This week, we took down yet another leaf from our tree and baked some pumpkin muffins. It was a wonderful experience and R (4) was engaged throughout the entire process. We played a "Wee Sing For Halloween" CD for a little atmosphere, and R loved the CD so much that he was dancing as he measured and stirred.  It was a lot of fun! And it was a fantastic learning experience. We spoke about wet and dry ingredients, measurements, and various baking terms. We smelled each spice as we added it to the mix. He measured everything. And on top of it being a lot of fun and a fantastic learning experience, it also produced some very delicious, seasonal muffins!

I modified the recipe in the above link by using a couple of substitutions. Here is the recipe I used.

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin (from a can)
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 F and lightly grease a 12-muffin tin or use liners. I used liners.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, oil and molasses.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix.
  5. Fill the muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. My baking time was right at 18 minutes.
I also want to say that we made these at night and I tried one immediately. It was pretty good, but it wasn't anything I'd rave over. I wrapped them individually in clear plastic wrap to keep them overnight. The next morning we had them for a breakfast picnic and they were absolutely amazing. They were super moist and yummy. I would definitely recommend cooking these the night before. I honestly think I could eat them at every meal for quite some time. I'm in love with pumpkin!


  1. I've been using this pumpkin muffin recipe and it is soooo good! For adults I use a good quality chocolate like girhideli (sp?) but for the kids I scale back with less regular or minis. Trey them and you will see what I mean.

  2. Peace, Love and Rainbows, I do too!!

    That sounds incredibly yummy, Deanna! I'll definitely try it! I'm in love with pumpkin muffins.


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