21 November 2007
what's cooking wednesday:
pumpkin muffins

What's Cooking WednesdayLast year around this time I had some canned pumpkin but wasn't up for making pies so I looked for another option. I found a recipe for tasty pumpkin muffins, and that's what I'm sharing with you for this week's What's Cooking Wednesday, the Day Before American Thanksgiving Edition.

I like this recipe because, well, I love muffins, but also because it's yet another way to enjoy pumpkin. I heart pumpkin.

If you don't feel like making pumpkin pies this year, give these a try--and throw in raisins for a special treat!

Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin muffins
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 c milk
1/2 c canned pumpkin
1/4 c melted butter
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Now I could tell you to do the dry ingredients first and then mix in the wet, but you know what? I just mixed it all together at once and they came out fine. You don't want the batter smooth though; when the flour is incorporated, stop, and leave the lumps.

Grease bottom of muffin cups or use foil muffin cups like I did. This recipe makes 12 big muffins, but I did 6 big and then a bunch of small ones; I'm sorry but I didn't count at the time. Fill cups to 2/3 full and put in hot oven.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

If you'd like to use icing, I did the cream cheese one I put on my birthday carrot cake cupcakes here:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 tbl butter
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

I then sprinkled some nutmeg on top.

pumpkin muffins
Buon appetito!

30 days of thanks
Today I'm thankful for:

Pumpkin! Ooh do I love pumpkin in all its many forms, especially my mom's pumpkin pie. Mmmm. I hope someone at home has a piece for me.

I also love and miss good old pumpkin spice coffee. Anyone know the best way to recreate that at home? I'm open to suggestions.

I've been adding some nutmeg to my (American) coffee before brewing in the morning, and that's pretty good too. Can you tell I also like nutmeg just a bit?

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Blogger Gil said...

They sure sound good. Did you and P eat them all in one day?

Happy Italian Thanksgiving!

Blogger Roam2Rome said...

Yumm! Light and fluffy to save room for the turkey! Actually, the raisins are a good idea! :)

Have you ever brought him to your family for Thanksgiving? That would be special :)

Ciao e a presto

Blogger Giulia said...

Yummy! I swear, I think I have been gaining weight just from looking at your recipes!

Blogger Stelle in Italia said...

yum! this looks really good!

Hi there lovely lady :) I am catching up on all your news, and just had to say how wonderful these muffins look! I am a great fan of anything pumpkin... have just posted a recipe for risotto (I hope the nona's where you live would be proud). Also my mom just leant me a cookbook called 'Muffin Mania' that is out of print sadly but is dedicated to one thing and one thing only - THE MUFFIN, and has great ideas. Will be posting a recipe soon.
Hope you are well. Drop by and say hi when you have a minute

Blogger sognatrice said...

*Gil, they weren't eaten in one day, no--and I'm not sure that P even had one. He really doesn't eat sweets so I end up giving away most of what I bake.

*Farfallina, P hasn't been to the States yet, but when we go, I'd love for it to be October/November/December--I love the fall and holiday season in PA :)

*Giulia, I think the only solution is to start baking so you can feel better ;)

*Stelle, thanks!

*Erika, ooh, I'll be right over to see about that risotto. And I can't wait to see some muffin recipes--I really do love them :)

Blogger KC said...

I smiled when I saw this post because I had planned to make pumpkin muffins yesterday! But then I was too lazy to grease the muffins pans and went with a pumpkin bread instead (which I'm thinking of posting today)! I think I may whip up some of that icing for it.

Great minds think alike, no?

Blogger MB said...

Those muffins look delicious! We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving on Sunday and I'm not sure yet what I want to make for dessert. These muffins may be it!

Anonymous My Melange said...

Great looking muffins!! I always do that with recipes- just mix it all together- and it always comes out fine!

As for the coffee...being a coffee addict I feel I can comment......try putting some pumpkin pie spice right in the grounds before you brew. Mix it up good! I do it with cinnamon sometimes when I want a litle some-m,some-m extra!! Try it! Experiment with how much you like!!!

Blogger Geggie said...

I was going to suggest a combo of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon to the coffee grinds. But the actual pumpkin flavor, I have no idea.

Do you take cream in your coffee? maybe mix a tsp of pumpkin puree with your cream and then add to the coffee? You might get some sediment though. I guess you could put it through a strainer.

Blogger Stefanie said...

Yum. I made some pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins a while ago, and those were dang tasty as well.

Happy Thanksgiving to you! (even if you're in a country that doesn't celebrate it...)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is almost sinful. Almost.

Made some pizzelles last night and thought of you -- how so pedestrian my desert was, in comparison, to what you produce. But being in the kitchen made me happy, and to have 100 pizzelles waiting for me now makes me even more happy.

Hope you are well, Sognatrice.

Blogger sognatrice said...

*KC, great minds indeed; I'll be over to see if you've posted that recipe :)

*MB, we're celebrating Sunday too! I'm going to mention it a bit in tomorrow's post...and I also still have to decide on dessert even though I'm the only one who'll eat it ;)

*Robin, ah but it's the pumpkin pie spice that I don't have! I didn't even know you could buy that. I'll have to assign my mom to the task. I put in cinnamon this morning *with* the nutmeg...yum :)

*Geggie, excellent advice on all accounts. I'd either have to make pumpkin puree myself or have it shipped in though--I can't get canned pumpkin around me :(

*Stefanie, look at you baking! I love chocolate chips in anything, so your muffins sound great :)

*David, in no universe are pizzelles pedestrian! They are some of my most favorite creations in the whole world. Last year my mom sent me some of hers and they actually made it here safely, more or less...even bits taste good :)

Anonymous Lara said...

Mmm - those look completely divine! YUM!

Blogger MB said...

If it helps any, I just checked my Pumpkin Pie Spice jar (I did bring some with me.) and it includes Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and Allspice. The cinnamon and nutmeg are the best part though. I bet if you threw in a clove it would be pretty good too.

Anonymous Sara said...

Okay, now I must tell you something silly. "Pumpkin muffin" is only part of a longer embarrassing endearment (one of many involving baked goods) which I inflict upon my true love.

Dang, but he puts up with a lot. Maybe it's because I actually bake pumpkin and other muffins for him from time to time.

Music is not the only food of love.

Love food is yummy. :)

Blogger A Novelist said...

YUMMY! Thaks for sharing your wonderful recipe! I can't wait to try this! Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Blogger cheeky said...

I also love pumpkin. My mom makes the *best* pumpkin bread every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all look forward to it and await it's arrival. I think my favorite are pumpkin soup and roasted pumpkin. Yummy!
The muffins look tasty.

Blogger Simple Blog Writer said...

I never thought to frost muffins. That looks good. I love pumpkin muffins and put a spoonful or so of molasses in them.
Thanks for your comment on my blog. 25,000 is a much nicer number. I think I will adopt it.

Blogger ginkers said...

How do pumpkin muffins taste along with grappa? I may give it a try!

Blogger darlene said...

wow, these look great....

Blogger Shameless said...

Yum yum yum. Pumpky is my fav. I may steal this! :-)

Blogger Professor J said...

Oh, these do look delicious--pumpkin and cream cheese frosting--I'll just slip into a happy diabetic coma now.

When I come to I will have a slice of pumpkin pie just for you tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Blogger Tarie said...

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Blogger sognatrice said...

*Lara, I hope you give them a go!

*MB, excellent info, thanks! I don't have clove, allspice, or ginger right now, but I did go extra heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon this morning, and the coffee is fabulous! I think if I had some steamed milk that's be just lovely...must get a Mukka Express!

*Sara, I'm sure True Love appreciates every muffin you offer. Er. Yeah. Let's leave it at that.

*Novelist, thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving!

*Cheeky, hooray for pumpkins! My sister-in-law makes a really good pumpkin roll; which she could ship that.

*Simple blog writer, oh, I'll frost anything ;) Thanks for stopping by and best of luck on NaNo!

*Ginkers, I think you know that grappa goes with everything....

*Darlene, thanks :)

*Shameless, please do steal. That's what it's here for!

*Professor J, please don't slip into any comas, but I *would* appreciate your eating a slice of pumpkin pie for me. So long as no coma is involved! Thanks for stopping by :)

*Tarie, thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

Blogger acumamakiki said...

oh these look delicious! i have about 2c. of pumpkin sitting in the fridge waiting to be used - these will be perfect.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Acumamakiki, lucky you to have the canned pumpkin waiting for you! Hope you enjoy :)

Blogger Miss Eliza said...

these are soooooo good - luckily my hub isn't big into pumpkins so i get them all to my little greedy self. the frosting is what does it for me... oh the ecstasy!

Blogger sognatrice said...

*Miss Eliza, I'm with you on the frosting! Glad you enjoyed :)

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