Tuesday, October 21, 2008

TWD - Pumpkin Muffins

Is there anything more "fallish" than the smell of a pumpkin roasting? Perhaps the smell of pumpkin muffins baking. Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp chose the perfect Fall recipe for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie.

I just love roasting squash and pumpkins so I bought a great big pumpkin, cut it in half, removed the seeds and put it in a 350F oven for an hour and a half. Once cooked, it was really tender so I just scooped out the flesh, mashed it with a fork and voilà! homemade pumpkin purée.

I used pumpkin seeds in the muffins and also on top to decorate. I just thought as long as we were in pumpkin mood, why not go all the way! I loved the spices in these and the golden raisins added just the right amount of sweetness. I might make my next batch with chocolate chips though as the kids didn't care much for the raisins. I figured as much!

These muffins are perfect on a cool morning with a hot cup of coffee. So if you're in the mood for pumpkin muffins, visit Kelly for the recipe. And if you're curious to see what the other TWD members thought of the muffins, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll!
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46 comments:

Patricia Scarpin said...

LyB, these are delicious! I saw Jamie making squash muffins the other day and felt like trying the recipe. These look way better!

Kayte said...

Very nice...I love the color combo with the pumpkin seeds on the top...very lovely. Great job...YUM!

chocolatechic said...

I considered putting pumpkin seeds on top.

Great idea.

rainbowbrown said...

Well done. I used pumpkin seeds on top as well, it's what the cool kids do.

Lori said...

pumpkin seeds on top make SO much more sense than sunflower seeds! they look really beautiful.

Sarah said...

Lovely! Great job!

vibi said...

Que de belles couleurs tu nous présentes! ...aussi belles que les vraies couleurs de la flambée!
BRAVO... ils sont superbes!

Jodie said...

They look great- way to go on the ambitious homemade pumpkin puree!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Weren't these just scrumptious? I just had one for breakfast. I will try chocolate chips next time with some craisins. I didn't drop the temp, but did drop the cooking time as they were done long before 25 minutes.

Rachel said...

I am impressed that you made your own pumpkin puree for these! The pumpkin seeds look great on the top!

Peggy said...

Oh wow - I am so impressed that you went with fresh pumpkin! They look so delicious. Although I loved my sunflower seeds on top, I think pumpkin seeds would be great too!

Julie said...

Wow, c'est vraiment l'automne sur ta page! Tes photos sont vraiment très belles. Moi aussi je compte refaire ces muffins avec quelques variations, quoi que la recette originale est parfaite! Bravo!

Helene said...

I still have to go thru that book. It's sitting on my desk. I love anything with pumpkin.

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

wow! You even used your own homemade pumpkin puree! Yum!

kim said...

they look wonderful!! good job making the puree and using the seeds. i was too intimidated (and time crunched) to try that. hope to do it someday :)

~Kimberly said...

Gorgeous! I loved these!

Cynthia said...

Nice - my pumpkin seeds were a disaster.

Karen said...

I love that you did everything from scratch. Maybe I will be brave enough one day! :)

Carol Peterman said...

Such gorgeous muffins! Roasting pumpkin does makes the house smell good.

kimberleyblue said...

These are completely gorgeous! Those pumpkin seeds are striking.

grumblebee said...
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grumblebee said...

You should try candied pumpkin seeds for your next batch. It just guilds the lily and makes the seeds that much more delicious. Basically just make them the same way you'd make candied pecans. Stir seeds into a glaze of butter and brown sugar (i toss in a dash of cinnamon too) and mix until seeds are coated. Spread on a baking sheet and bake until golden and the glaze has dried to the seeds.

These are sooooo good! I actually got the idea from the pumpkin spice muffins at Tim Hortons. (the coffee chain, here in Canada) They use some kind of candied pumpkin seed on their muffins and it inspired me to try to reacreate it! Boy are they good... well worth the effort.

Anyway, just thought I would suggest that to you because you seem to like pumpkin seeds. :)

Bria said...

They look really yummy. I've never actually had a pumpkin muffin before!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I have eyed those muffins in my book so many times. Yours look just as delicious! Well done. :)

n.o.e said...

Oh, good job, you, with the homemade puree. And with the home roasted seeds, you took this to a whole different level. Beautiful muffins and SOOO seasonal.
Nancy

Judy said...

Your muffins look really delicious. It would be interesting to compare taste between canned and fresh pumpkin.

Erin said...

These look so yummy! I love the pumpkin seeds on top!

Susie Homemaker said...

Please don't take this the wrong way, but your pics are getting more and more gorgeous each week! These look amazing.

Engineer Baker said...

I definitely should have put pumpkin seeds inside mine too - good call. They look wonderful.

Leslie said...

Your muffins look delicious! I love the idea of using the pumpkin seeds after roasting your own pumpkin.

Katie Barlow said...

I think the pumpkin seed topping was a great idea. Yours look yummy! I think i agree with the kids though...skip the raising!

Grace said...

i adore the smell of squasherinos as they roast, and i love eating them even more. obviously. :)
great muffins--they're perfect.

Ginny said...

Delicious! I love muffins! Fall is the greatest with such a nice variety of vegetables! :)

Prudy said...

How gorgeous! I love the pumpkin seeds on top.

Aimée said...

These look great Lynne! Thank goodness you use fresh pumpkin puree. I have a batch in my fridge but every recipe I want to try insist on the canned variety. No!

Heather B said...

Your muffins look fabulous! Great job!

Amber said...

I am cooking a pumpkin tomorrow for a cake. Did you use a pam pumpkin. That seems to be the only cooking pumpkin available that I can find. Also I just bought Dories book for $9.99 at Ross so I plan to join this week. I love the pumpkin seeds on yours.

Heather said...

yum!! these look great! i love pumpkin seeds :)

suzanne cabrera said...

Yum...I love the pumpkin seeds on top! So much inspiration here!!!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Love the coloring in that first photo, it make it look so warm & inviting! Yum!

Mara said...

the muffins look fantastic, Lyb!!! love those big seeds.

AmyRuth said...

I love the pumpkin color in the background, a really nice touch to compliment the muffin. Lovely photos. Your post was very nice and inviting.
Nicely done.
AmyRuth

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Pumpkin seeds are a great substitution to make these even more pumpkin-y!

Sandy said...

I have a pumpkin I am going to roast, recipe looks awesome!

Elle said...

You roasted the pumpkin yourself? You rock. I buy mine the easy way--in a can, hehe.

The muffins are just beautiful! i love the seeds on top--very nice touch!

Kristen said...

Brilliant! I love roasted pumpkin seeds and this is such a great idea!

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