Baking · muffins

The Pumpkin Virgin!

The supermarkets are awash with pumpkins as Halloween is fast approaching.

Believe it or not, I have never cooked a pumpkin, we’ve carved many and had them sit upon our doorstep, but I’ve never cooked anything with one, so I have decided to rectify this. I couldn’t decided on something sweet or savoury to start so I let Mr S/H make the decision for me, something sweet he declared, he’s clearly in need of a sugar rush. Settling for muffins because they’re simple, great for lunchboxes and freeze well, I turned to Google. Among the top recipes brought back to me was one from Aldi. Great, we like Aldi so clicked on that one!

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I did vary the recipe a bit, if you would like to see the original just click here.

Ingredients – Makes 20002

400g pumpkin flesh

Juice of two oranges

125g dried Cranberries

150g Stone-ground Wholemeal flour

150g Plain flour

150g Caster sugar

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Bread Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Cinnamon

50g chopped Pecan Nuts

270g Stewed Apple

3 large eggs

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Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4.

Chop the pumpkin flesh into bite size pieces & cook in a saucepan with the orange juice for about 15 minutes until they are quite tender. Then puree in a food processor or with a stick blender, the smell from this is lovely!

In a mixing bowl add the pumpkin puree, stewed apple, and cranberries; mix well.

In another bowl add all the dry ingredients – flours, caster sugar, baking powder, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon & pecans, Stir well and make a well in the centre.

Whisk the eggs together and add to the pumpkin mix, add this mix to the dry ingredients, mixing well. It is quite a wet mix so don’t worry about that.

Line a 12 hole muffin case with paper cases and another with 8 cases. Divide the mixture between the cases .

Bake for 30 minutes – until risen and when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

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SUGGESTION: I think a nice maple glaze (icing sugar, water, maple syrup) would be lovely on the top, though very sweet and as I want these for my children’s lunch boxes I’m not going to do that with these, it’s simply a suggestion for those of you with a sweet tooth J

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These muffins are so delicious and moist, and if you’ve never cooked with pumpkin before, a good place to start.

Give them a go, and enjoy them!

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