So far on the blog I’ve brought you a pumpkin pie recipe and some pumpkin soup. I thought it was high time I tried something new. Every year I’ve planned to try pumpkin spice muffins and never quite got round to it. For a start I wasn’t sure of the nest way to make them and I’ve just not had the time. After doing a bit of research and trying a couple of things, I’m really happy with this recipe.
I decided to make my own pumpkin puree for these, although you can get it in a tin in some places in the UK. With so many pumpkins available at the moment, I thought it would be fun to make it all from scratch. At other times of year a squash will work just as well.
You will need:
For the puree:
1 medium pumpkin or 1 tin of pumpkin puree
For the muffins:
75g melted butter
250g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 ground cloves
115g caster sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
How to Make
To make the puree:
Preheat oven to 190ºc
Cut your pumpkin in half from the stalk down. Remove all the seeds.
Place on a baking tray and cover the open sides with foil. Bake for around an hour, or until completely tender.
Once baked, scape out the inside and blend until smooth.
Put into a fine sieve to allow some of the moisture to drain away.
You can skip this step and use a tin of pumpkin, where available.
To make the pumpkin spice muffins:
Preheat oven to 190ºc. Line a muffin tray with 12 cases.
Melt the butter and put to one side to cool.
Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Beat the eggs, milk and butter together along with the pumpkin puree.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mix.
Beat with a fork until it forms a lumpy mixture, do not over mix.
Spoon into the cases, until nearly full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Then allow to cool on a wire rack.
Let me know if you give these pumpkin spice muffins a try. Find more delicious recipes in my Baking section, as well as in my Other Writing section. For a really easy halloween make, why not try my Halloween Meringue Kisses of Death?
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