Friday, January 9, 2009
Ever since Thanksgiving I have had a small sugar pumpkin on my counter. When I bought it, I wasn’t sure what I would make with it.
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread – the recipes all filtered through my brain, but somehow I never got around to actually making any of them.
And so the pumpkin sat there - a decoration out of its season, a gourd just begging to be eaten - until this week, when I finally decided enough was enough. I cut the pumpkin in half and scooped out the seeds. I put it cut side up in a baking pan with a little water, covered the pan with foil and baked it for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
I was making soup that night for dinner, so I decided to make Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins from an old Libby’s recipe I cut out of a magazine many years ago. I found the recipe as I was going through my recipe box to make Christmas cookies.
The muffins were moist and spicy with tender bits of apple. The photo I'm posting just doesn't do this recipe justice. I tried to take a photo of a muffin after it was broken open and some better lit ones of the basket, but the battery in my camera died. Since the family was waiting for me to sit down and eat, I gave up on the photos and just enjoyed the muffins.
My family simply glommed these babies down. Best of all, the recipe made 18 muffins. So we had muffins for dinner and then the kids ate them again for breakfast and AGAIN as an afterschool snack. Yep, there were that many and they couldn’t get enough.
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
Adapted from Libby’s
Makes 18 muffins
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup solid pack pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups peeled, finely chopped apples
In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in 4 tablespoons butter until mixture is crumbly.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (first 7). Set aside. In medium bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, and oil. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir until just moistened. Stir in apples. Spoon batter into greased muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Sprinkle Streusel Topping over batter. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
For a printable recipe click here