Friday, October 11, 2013

The Great Pumpkin Craving And A Favorite Muffin Recipe!

I go through it every year, that seasonal addiction that has me obsessing over pumpkins. Don't you?


Bet you can't eat just one!


The origin of the original recipe is unknown, I tore it from a magazine long ago. Over the years I've  made changes here and there until it had that perfect combo of spice and moist richness. It's a holiday staple in our house and a family favorite. This is my first time sharing it...with anyone!

Rebecca's Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12 count muffin pan with very soft butter using the butter wrapper or parchment paper.

In a medium bowl combine and set aside:
3 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1tsp salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves


In a large bowl, beat until creamy:
1 stick unsalted butter-softened
2 cups sugar

Then add:
1tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1 C. applesauce
1 C. canned pumpkin

Plus:
2/3 C. apple cider*

Begin mixing in dry ingredients, alternating with the apple cider*.  Stir in nuts and raisins last.

And:
Add 1 1/2 C. golden raisins (regular can be substituted)
Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans (if you're a nut lover)

Bake 18-20 minutes.

Sweet Twist:
Skip the nuts & raisins and top with your favorite cream cheese icing and turn it into a cupcake! Or mix softened butter with a bit of maple syrup and spread on warm muffins. Serve with hot cider for the perfect treat sitting by a roaring fire!


6 comments:

  1. Oh how yummy Rebecca! Love pumpkin bread and muffins. Cornbread this time of year as well!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  2. tweeking or twerking the recipe over the years ... good for you for keeping track of the changes. Today I altered a sour milk er sour I mean sour choc milk -- chocolate cake recipe. I added potato starch, cinnamon and vanilla and one of the eggs was a double yolk!! ( local farm fresh eggs yeah) I supose I should make such a note but if one finds the recipe on the internet on a blog one needs to copy it down and make a physical copy don't you think??

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  3. Leslie in Portland, OregonOctober 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Thank you, Rebecca! We'll put this recipe to great use, with attribution to you!

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  4. Those sound really good. I actually have to make something for a brunch in 2 weeks...these might be perfect! Thanks:)

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  5. LOVE a good pumpkin recipe! I just posted a pumpkin lasagna recipe I did....really good. really.

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  6. I will definitely have to try these!! Look wonderful, Rebecca.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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