It’s kind of a crazy thing the flavor of pumpkin has really monopolized the entire Fall season, over the past several years. I only say this because I’m seeing things flavored pumpkin, that I’ve never seen before. There are Pumpkin Oreos, breakfast cereal, M&Ms, potato chips, gum, jello, ice cream, yogurt, coffee, tea, beer and condoms. Condoms?? I thought that this was all getting to be a bit much, until yesterday~ I was shopping for kitchen hand soap. I really like the kind that’s scented like lime & coconut, or maybe almond, grapefruit or pomegranate. I about choked when my eye caught pumpkin scented soap. Really? It didn’t even say “pumpkin spice,” but just “pumpkin scented.” Really? C’mon…
I’m really not anti-pumpkin, though I think the world has gone quite mad about turning every, single last thing that we eat, see or smell into a pumpkin. In fact, I have a wonderful recipe for pumpkin muffins that you might like to try, just in case you also have managed to shield yourself from the avalanche of pumpkin products.
I really like my muffin recipe, just because it’s pretty healthy, with only having a half cup of sugar and butter. The pumpkin is full of vitamin A, and then they can be made from whole wheat flour, without anyone even taking notice. I like to add walnuts and raisins for texture, and then I garnish with sprinkling of turbinado sugar and pumpkin seeds.
The recipe is also really easy, too. Just grab yourself a can of pumpkin and get to it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1-2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk or buttermilk
½ stick (½ cup) butter, melted
1 tablespoon molasses
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins
turbinado sugar for garnish (optional)
pumkin seeds for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 400º F.
In medium sized bowl, whisk dry ingredients together~ flour, salt, spices and baking soda. Set aside.
In larger bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, butter, molasses, eggs and milk or buttermilk.
Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, mixing just until everything is moistened.
Pour into paper-lined muffin tin. If garnishing, sprinkle tops of muffins with turbinado sugar…
…and a few pumpkin seeds, pressing the seeds down lightly into the batter.
These are now ready for the oven. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on wire racks. Makes 1 dozen.
Have a Happy Halloween!