Monday, October 4, 2010

Pumpkin Muffins

I've been so focused on apple recipes this fall, that I haven't made anything with one of my other favorite fall ingredients, pumpkin (although I have definitely enjoyed some pumpkin products). I also haven't baked any breakfast pastries for quite a while and making pumpkin muffins remedied both of those situations. These muffins light and moist and very flavorful, despite being quite healthy, and made for the perfect fall breakfast with a maple latte and apple.

Pumpkin Muffins
from Martha Stewart
makes 12 jumbo muffins

3/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour, spooned and leveled
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 large eggs
1 cup turbinado sugar, plus 2 tablespoons more for sprinkling
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush 12 jumbo muffin tins (each with a 1-cup capacity) with oil; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk oil, pumpkin puree, yogurt, eggs, and 1 cup sugar to combine; add 1 cup walnuts and reserved dry ingredients. Mix just until moistened (do not overmix).

4. Divide evenly and spoon batter into muffin tins; sprinkle tops with remaining walnuts and sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan.

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