Saturday, November 7, 2009

Buttermilk Pumpkin Muffins

A November weekend is the perfect time to hit the greenmarket and bake some pumpkin muffins. Here is a moist and gooey recipe featuring buttermilk and maple syrup. If you want to keep it healthy, eat them as is or get crazy and top with a batch of cream cheese frosting for a special treat.

**Time to order your turkey from the greenmarket, if you haven't already done it!** Once you go greenmarket, you won't ever go back to those yellowish frozen blobs. Don't wait! If you aren't sure how, contact me and I will hook you up with the turkey people!

Buttermilk Pumpkin Muffins
makes a fat baker's dozen

1 ½ c ww pastry flour
¼ c turbinado sugar
2 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
½ t sea salt
½ t allspice
½ t cinnamon

2 eggs (Egg-Replacer works)
1 ½ cups pumpkin puree (peeled, steamed, pureed or canned--as usual, fresh is best)
2 t vanilla extract
¾ c buttermilk
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B is best for baking, but any of the real stuff will do)

Oil 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin cups.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine flour, turbinado sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in large mixing bowl.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together salt, cinnamon, allspice, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, buttermilk, and maple syrup. Whisk until uniform.

Make a well and scrape into dry mix. Gently fold together until just blended. Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar. If you are planning to frost them, skip this step.

Bake 20-25 minutes, or until springy in the center. Let cool.

Frost lightly with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 t vanilla extract
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter and cream cheese with electric mixer and add vanilla.
Add powdered sugar until you reach the desired sweetness/consistency.

**If they are really messy, chill for awhile to firm up frosting.


Deborah said...

I am always looking for simple, delicious baking recipes. this one seems perfect!

Catherine Barker Hoffman said...

Me, too. This one is a converted Blueberry Muffin recipe, which can be made into anything. Sub the pumpkin puree for applesauce and change seasonings. It's a great one to mess with! xo