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Late Bloomer (and Pumpkin Muffins)

I have always caught on to trends way past when it was cool to do so. I finally decided to grow my bangs out… just about the time that having bangs became cool again. You know that No-Knead bread that was so popular a year or two ago around the blogosphere? I am just now getting ready to make it for the first time this week… when everyone else in blog land has moved on to the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Apparently it takes me awhile to catch on to things.

So, knowing this, it should come to no surprise to you that I am posting a pumpkin recipe in February… when the rest of you have long ago put Autumn behind you.

I never, ever tire of pumpkin. Winter, spring, summer or fall, I could eat pumpkin all year long!

I have had this recipe from Gourmet magazine bookmarked to try for the longest time. Why wait for pumpkin season to return again? Muffins this tasty never go out of style!

Pumpkin Muffins (adapted from Gourmet Magazine)

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 15oz can solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put liners in muffin cups.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin-pie spice, 1¼ cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture until just combined.

In a separate small bowl, stir together cinnamon and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Divide batter among muffin cups until each cup is approximately ¾ full. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until wooden toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

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  1. This is the recipe!! …The one with the tops that got soggy after a day, due to the sugar/cinnamon topping. Did you have that problem too?

    Maybe storing them in a ziploc sack was what I did wrong, I’m not sure. I LOVED these muffins the first day. With a pat of sweet cream butter, and still warm from the oven, delicious!

  2. I’ve never tried pumpkin muffins before, but these look great!

    ovenhavens last blog post..rewarding patience

  3. The last time I looked, pumpkin was good whenever one felt like eating it. I’ve been looking at cookie recipes with pumpkin because I have a couple of cans in my pantry. Besides. It’s good for you and these muffins sound so tasty.

    kellypeas last blog post..Sliders and Bratwurst are Quick Game Day Food

  4. We never really realized until recently how versatile pumpkin can be in recipes. Cookies, pies, brownies, soups, muffins. It’s like the MVP of the food world!

    The Duo Dishess last blog post..Finding More Cheap Eats

  5. Very easy to do and they look awesome, thanks.

    Learn English Onlines last blog post..English Grammar Secrets

  6. I, too, could eat pumpkin baked goods all year-round. Can’t wait to make these, thanks for sharing!

  7. I’m generally a little behind the curve as well. In fact, I’d love a pumpkin muffin at the moment! I might even sprinkle a few chocolate chips across the top before baking…

    Lisas last blog post..A Healthy Hit from Hemp?

  8. Haha this made me think of the fact that I have had only had long hair when dating men who liked short hair–and vice versa. And that includes my husband, who only ever got to see my hair long once, when I grew it out for the updo for our wedding and chopped it off the next day. :) I could not even comment on the actual trends since I am never aware of them. :)

    And I love pumpkin year round myself. These look great.

    Lauras last blog post..Pumpkin "Vegetarian" Chili

  9. I’m exactly the same way! I just made donuts when everyone else had already made donuts and moved on to vegan baked donuts.

    Hey, you never know, in walking a few steps behind you may discover something other people missed!

    MCs last blog post..Have a Donut

  10. You can never have too many muffin recipes! I just love the no-knead bread, hope it turns out for you! :)

    LyBs last blog post..TWD – Korova/World Peace Cookies

  11. I’m a late bloomer too—at least we’re in good company! :-)

    I LOVE using pumpkin in baked goods, such incredible moistness and mild flavor. I always keep a can (or two) of plain pumpkin in the pantry, just in case. You never know when you might get an urge, even off season!

    Sandies last blog post..Sweet Treats, Recipe: Blueberry Walnut Crunch

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog! I completely agree with you on the pumpkin year-round thing. I’ve actually been craving pumpkin cranberry muffins for the past week.

    Julias last blog post..Orange and ricotta cheese blintzes

  13. good things are never too late!!!!

    lululus last blog post..Blueberry Streusel Muffin


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