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