Saturday, October 18, 2008

NanaJane's Pumpkin Muffins

When I was a girl, my mother would serve these muffins as a surprise addition to her oven-fried chicken dinners. I looked forward to their moist texture and perfect sweet-spiciness. Pumpkin muffins were a welcome sign that Fall had arrived. I am so blessed to be able to pass on this recipe to my own children. I love to see their delighted eyes when they spy this delicious treat on our supper table.


1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
(see Perfect Baked Pumpkin)
1/4 cup melted butter, cooled slightly
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped nuts or raisins (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add wet ingredients. Mix gently with a wooden spoon or spatula until the batter is just moistened and lumpy. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. (Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar if you like.) Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and serve piping hot.


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