It's offically fall, which in my house also means it's pumpkin muffin season! I'm a very seasonal person, which also means that I like to keep my seasonal things in their season (say that three times fast). So when fall rolls around I stock up on pumpkin and cranberries and go to town on baking! I stumbled across my favorite pumpkin muffin recipe a few (I lost count) years ago and like the lemon pie (see a few posts back) I made my some of my own edits.
First, what you'll need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil or apple sauce
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon*
1/4 teaspoon ginger*
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves*
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup fresh (or frozen) cranberries
Optional - 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
*I always add more spice, it's up to you how spicey you'd like them to be!
Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.
Mix the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl.
Whisk (I used a kitchenaid stand mixed, but hand mixing is fine too!) together pumpkin, oil, eggs, spices, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture, fresh cranberries and chopped walnuts until just combined.
Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with streusel mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.
I always double or triple the batch (if you buy one of the big cans of pureed pumpkin it will be enough to triple the batch) and put some in the freezer.
View the origianl recipe from Bean Town Baker here.
Of course, while I'm baking my favorite muffins I have fall candles; Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry Orange, setting the mood! I hope you enjoy this receipe and it becomes a fall staple in your home too!