Friday, November 14, 2008

Pumpkin Muffins

This afternoon Rowan and I made pumpkin muffins: one of our favorite things to have for breakfast. We double the recipe below and the muffins last for 2 or 3 mornings. Roo was so excited to bake with me. I should include the kids more than I do, but I really am trying to be better about letting them help in the kitchen. I've concluded that only one child helper at a time is best. That way the craziness is contained and my 'helper' gets to enjoy some one-on-one time with Mom.

I decided to clean out my terribly disorganized pantry after I put the kids down for nap, and check out what I found at the very back. I just hate it when I do that--it's so wasteful. I probably only use corn syrup two or three times a year, so I guess that's why I always assume I don't have any. At least none of them are name-brand: less money going to waste! :)

I'm including the picture of the kids raking leaves, too. They are out there now, and they seem to think I am a cruel evil mother from below. Imagine! Making them work! I love it! But I did promise them some hot chocolate when they come in...

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

1/2 c. raisins
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 c. canned pumpkin*
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan. Place raisins in a cup and cover with hot water. Let stand a few minutes to plump.

2. In large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, pie spice, baking powder, soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and put in eggs, pumpkin, oil, and honey. Mix just til dry ingredients are absorbed. Drain water from raisins and stir in along with nuts. Spoon 3/4 full into muffin cups.

3. Bake for 18 minutes, or til tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan before removing from pan.

*If you double the recipe, you'll need exactly one small can of pumpkin.


Anonymous said...

I've tasted these and they are delicious. Of course, I'm sure THESE were all the more tasty because of the special cook!
Love you Rowan,

Tiffany said...

Great recipe Candice. I can rarely find a muffin recipe without milk for my milk allergic boy, so we will be sure to use this one! And we all love pumpkin around here.

Candice said...

Oh, I am glad that the recipe will work for your family, Tiffany! Pumpkin recipes and drinks are all the more reason to love fall.

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin recipes are some of my favorites. I will have to try these muffins. Do you have pumpkin drink recipes?

Candice said... pumpkin drink recipes. I rely on Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes for my drink fix! Or, at home, I'm addicted to flavored coffee creams. I know there is a pumpkin one...Try