I picked up a nice pumpkin on sale after Halloween and it's been sitting in my kitchen ever since. Either because it was time or because I was just tired of constantly stumbling on it, I knew it was time to cook and freeze it. After I cut off the top and the bottom, I was left with some meat from the inside that I just couldn't bear to throw away. Instead I decided to hide it in a treat for the kids (they've been a little under weather the last couple of days and needed a little spoil - in a healthier way :). That's how these muffins were born. A perfect fall recipe :)
For the muffins (makes about 16)
- 1 cup fresh grated pumpkin, nicely packed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups white flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 10 TB butter, softened
- 1/2 orange (enjoy the other half :)
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1 TB vanilla
- 2 TB vanilla yogurt
For the streusel topping:
- 2 TB firm butter (not softened!)
- 2.5 TB brown sugar
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 TB white flour
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line muffin form with paper liners.
In a small bowl sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Squeeze juice out of the half of the orange (I got about 1/4 of a cup) and grate rind until you get at least 1 TB of zest. If you get more than that, freeze it for future use.
Cream together sugar and butter until nice and smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Whisk in vanilla, yogurt, juice and zest, then add pumpkin. Stir together until well combined.
Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
Fill in paper liners about three-forths of the way full.
To make the topping, combine all the ingredients until crumbly using a fork or two knives. Sprinkle over muffins
Bake in a preheated oven for about 25 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean and they are golden-brown. If you like it, you can also sprinkle your muffins with chopped pecans.
They make a prefect addition to your breakfast on a chilly fall morning!
I linked this recipe with some awesome parties:
I should be mopping the floor, Frugal Foodie Mama, Uncommon Designs The Real Housewives of Riverton
The Shabby Nest Under the Table and Dreaming