Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cure for boredom....

The other night I was a little bored, Mr. Lucky's friend Mike was visiting and they were watching the Red Sox.  I wasn't as into the game as they were so I decided to do a little baking.  Since it was a week night I knew I could send them to work with Mr. Lucky the next day so we wouldn't devour them all.

I decided on my third pumpkin recipe of the Fall season, pumpkin streusel muffins.  This is a bit of a franken-recipe.  I combined elements from a few of my other muffin/quick bread recipes and this is what I came up with:

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins 

3 ½ cups all purpose flour
3 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups pumpkin puree (Not pie filling!!)

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl until fully combined. Whisk eggs, water, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Make a well in the flour and add the wet ingredients. Add the oil and pumpkin puree. Fold together with rubber spatula until fully combined and no streaks of flour remain. Do not over mix.

For Streusel Topping
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup flour
½ cup oats (Old fashioned or quick, both work fine)
¼ cup butter at room temperature
Use a fork or pastry blender to combine all ingredients until it looks like large crumbs.

Line muffin tins with paper liners. Use a cookie scoop to fill muffin tins about two-thirds full. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of streusel topping on each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Makes approximately 30 muffins.

These muffins came out so delicious! Like, really good!

This has got to be the best pumpkin recipe I have tasted in quite a while.  You could also make mini loaves or possible two full sized loaves out of this recipe to give as gifts.  Hmmm, that is a good idea, maybe as a favor for all of our planned Thanksgiving guests.  I hope I remember this idea in a month or so.

Please try these muffins, you'll really enjoy them!

Talk with you soon.


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