September 22, 2010

Fall Baking - Simple Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is here let the pumpkin muffins begin!!
These muffins are so easy to make and are light and fluffy yet hearty!  They are great toasted with butter or cream cheese on one of these cool mornings!

1 C white flour
1 C wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp. allspice
zest of one orange (remember organic) and juice reserved seperate
3/4 C raisins or craisins 

3/4 C packed brown sugar
3 T molasses
1/4 C melted butter
2 eggs
1 small can packed pumpkin
1 t vanilla extract

3/4 C lowfat buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 butter 12-cup muffin pan

Bring juice of one orange to a boil and add raisins - set aside

Sift or wisk together flours, baking soda, salt and spices

Beat sugar, molasses, butter and egg until well mixed then add pumpkin zest and vanilla  
Add flour and milk to sugar mixture until just combined (Don't over beat), pour juice off of raisins & add
Scoop batter into tins.  You could even top with a crumb topping and that would be great!
Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool 10 minutes and remove from tin and let cool completely on rack.

These are great toasted with butter or I sometimes mix together cream cheese & agave but you could do whatever and I'm SURE it will taste great!  The consistency of these muffins is dreamy - fluffy & moist NOT heavy.


14 comments:

  1. Look great! I love the color!

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  2. I love everything pumpkin but especially love pumpkin muffins. I really like how you added raisins, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing your recipe, it looks incredibly delicious. And the picture looks soo tasty, I just want to reach out from my computer screen and grab one!

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  3. I really like the idea of adding orange juice & zest. I'm going to try this recipe at work--thanks!

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  4. I think I may be brave enough to try making these. One of the main reason I love Fall besides my birthday, Halloween, nice cool weather and the leaves changing is the abundance of pumpkins and pumpkin related recipes!

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  5. I love pumpkin muffins. It looks like you're really getting a jump on all of these great fall flavors!

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  6. YUM! I thought this post title was "fake baking" - thinking it was like a short cut to actual baking (LOL). But either way, yummmm! Though I see myself buying them rather than baking them.

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  7. The orange zest and buttermilk sold me. This one is going into the archives! Thanks!

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  8. Fall is a time to enjoy all things delicious and pumpkin! These are a perfect way to take in the season. Great recipe.

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  9. I LOVE anything Pumpkin-flavored this time of year.

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  10. Yum, I can't wait to get a pumpkin. Your muffins look fabulous.

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