I invited Kate, Meg and Anna over to hang out and bake something elaborate yesterday. I had what I thought was the perfect recipe… except I failed to read the entire thing before we got started. After I realized it would take about 2.5 hours from start to finish and we were all getting hangry, I quickly (and secretly) googled muffin recipes and found this one. And it was a winner.
serves 12+ // recipe from Smitten Kitchen
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15 ounce can, not pumpkin pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced)
1/3 cup vegetable or another neutral cooking oil
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Put liners in 12 standard-sized muffin cups.
2. Stir or whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spice in medium bowl.
3. In a larger bowl, or in your stand mixer bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs and 1 1/4 cups sugar.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until just combined. Divide batter among muffin cups (each about 3/4 full).
5. Stir together topping, tablespoon of sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle over each muffin.
6. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 22-27 minutes.
7. Cool in pan on a rack for 3-4 minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.
This recipe is so easy I made it from start to finish in about 30 minutes. The muffins are moist and fluffy, with a nice but not too sweet pumpkin flavor. My recipe turned out to fill more than the 12 muffin tins so I made a tiny little loaf of pumpkin muffin-bread. It worked perfectly.
I feel like these might even pass for cupcakes if you put enough frosting on them. In other words, they are delicious.
Stay tuned for that time-consuming, elaborate recipe tomorrow… which turned out to be just as easy. Oops.