Friday, November 22, 2013

Pumpkin-orange muffins with cinnamon streusel topping.

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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 :)

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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.

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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

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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!

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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


  1. HMMM I think I am going to try these on Sunday. They sound yummy

    1. Let me know how you like them! My kids were pleased :)

  2. I'd never have thought to grate pumpkin into muffin batter! Aren't you clever? They look delicious and sound really good with the orange and streusel. I am a streusel lover!

    1. Me too! :) I just thought that if we can add grated zucchinis to muffins and breads, why not try pumpkin, right?

  3. These look lovely - will try them for sure!x

    1. Thank you. Let me know how you liked them :)

  4. Orange and pumpkin. Sounds like a winning flavor combination.

  5. Wonderful recipe Lena! Your muffins sound delicious:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  6. Seriously this is awesome!! Pinning it, and loving it! Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

  7. These look sooo good! Pinning to the Monday Funday pin board! Thanks for linking!


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