I have made these as mini muffins and topped with pumpkin seeds for a fun way to celebrate the fall season. I love the spicy flavors of the muffin. I found this in AllYou Magazine in Nov 2009. They are a good stand-by muffin recipe that are quite easy to make. I have added chopped dried cranberries to this too as an extra treat - it only takes about a 1/2 cup or so to give it a bit of a twist.
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1⁄2 cup milk (I use 1% low-fat milk)
- 1⁄2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1⁄4 cup pumpkin seeds
- Preheat oven to 350°F Grease or line 24 mini muffin cups or 12 standard size muffin cups.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and spices.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together until fluffy (using a mixer is easiest).
- Beat in egg, oil, milk and pumpkin puree until well mixed.
- Stir in dry ingredients just until combined - do not over-mix or your muffins will be dry.
- Divide batter among the muffin cups and then sprinkle each muffin with a few pumpkin seeds.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes till muffins pass the pick test. Let cool in pans 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.