School started this week and already I can feel summer coming to a close. It’s still very warm, but I can sense the coming changes. This feeling first manifested itself in the form of a craving for something pumpkin. I also wanted to do something a little special for the kids’ first day back to school, so I made some pumpkin muffins for breakfast.
I love this recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen a couple of years ago and have been using it ever since, adapted slightly for my taste.
Makes 1 dozen muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15 ounce can)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1/8 tsp. of ground ginger
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.
Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, ground ginger, 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour and baking powder until just combined.
Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.
Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.
These are delicious and my kids gobble them up. They’re also very budget-minded, especially if you buy your canned pumpkin in the fall when it’s on sale and store it for use throughout the year. It will keep in your cupboards a long time. Also, one 15 ounce can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling – there is a difference) will yield two batches of muffins. If I don’t need 2 dozen at the moment, I use half the can and freeze the other half. Then I can have more muffins any time I want.
What about you? Can you sense fall coming? Had any fall-related cravings of your own?