Pumpkins - Not Just for Carving
Pumpkins- Not Just for Carving
My friends, I don’t know where October went. We’re now in full November mode, and as I sit here writing the leaves outside my window are in full glorious peak, sharing their rusty, yet beautiful hues of gold, maroon, burgundy, butterscotch and pumpkin. I’m thankful for seasons, as they remind us of new beginnings, farewell to yesterday’s weather and happenings, and they share with us the hopefulness of things to come.
Pumpkin – yes, one tree is exactly the color of a pumpkin I have on my porch. What is more indicative of fall than the pumpkin? Halloween with jack-o-lanterns, arrangements with hay, pumpkins and corn stalks, ceramic replicas… the list goes on. Actually, the pumpkin is a member of the winter squash family and the genus Cucurbita. They are versatile in cooking, and are high in fiber, Vitamins A and C, and betacarotene. I love pumpkin dishes, and make so many in the fall and winter. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cake roll, pumpkin pound cake, pumpkin bars, and one of my very favorites, pumpkin muffins.
My recipe makes 24 muffins, and unless you are having a large crowd, freeze half for later, as they freeze beautifully. They are wonderful with coffee, and you can dress them up with a little powdered sugar glaze for a dessert after dinner. Here’s my version:
Twink’s Pumpkin Muffins
3 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup canola oil
1 can pumpkin, such as Libby’s
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour (White Lily)
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
In large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin. Sift together dry ingredients; then add dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture and mix well. Spoon batter into muffin cups, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.
-Until next time, be kinder than necessary – always, as you never know what the other person is dealing with. Your interaction and smile may be the best thing that happens to them all day!