Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

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One of the first homemade goods I remember my Mom making me as a kid was pumpkin bread. I always looked forward to her whipping it up, and it became one of the first things I learned how to bake once I was old enough. Call me basic all you want, but I’ve been loving myself some pumpkin spice since 1993, okay??

While this recipe isn’t my Mom’s (I don’t know if that woman has ever made the same thing twice), it’s still wonderful and always reminds me of home.

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FOR THE MUFFINS
1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, unpacked
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin-pie filling)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped

FOR THE STREUSEL
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar, unpacked
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick oats

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TO MAKE
Preheat
oven to 350. To begin the muffin batter, use a stand mixer (or large bowl with a hand mixer) to combine the canned pumpkin, white & brown sugars, and vanilla. Blend until thoroughly combined. Add one egg, mix, add second egg, mix, then slowly add in the oil.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Slowly add the dry mixture into the pumpkin blend until just combined. Fold in the pecans and set aside.

To make the streusel, mix the butter and sugar together. Once combined, slowly add in the flour and oats. The mixture will be crumbly, but not completely dry. It should be a pale brown, and you don’t want to see the white of the flour.

Using two spoons, scoop the pumpkin batter into a lined or greased muffin pan. It should make 12 medium-sized muffins. Sprinkle the streusel onto the muffins until the tops are just covered.

Bake for 24-26 minutes. Poke the center of a muffin with a knife or toothpick to check if done. If the knife or toothpick come out clean, you’re ready to take out of the oven.

Set aside for 15 minutes, then enjoy with a piping hot cup of coffee.


Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste

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Blueberry Streusel Muffins

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A few Saturdays back I found myself hunkered down in my Boston apartment while it snowed a good foot or two outside — an ideal day to curl up with some good music and bake some treats. Now I’ve made a whole lotta muffins in my day, and I’ll be totally honest, some of them were not so good. I think it’s because I’m the queen of trying to make things my own and not completely follow the recipe. This time however, things took an upturn, and these were probably some of my best muffins to date. My roommates devoured them, and I received praise while they showered me with gifts, kissed my feet at the base of my thrown, and fed me wine and grapes while slapping my hand if I tried to lift a finger. Okay, maybe not so much. But they did tell me they were great and beg me to make more. The best part? Low fat and low sugar — woot!

This recipe was adapted from Skinny Taste, the Mecca of low fat comfort food. I made a few adjustments, the most major of which was using white flour instead of wheat. I’ve baked with wheat flour several times, and have just never been pleased with the results. It always turns out spongey for me — anyone else have this issue?

INGREDIENTS

For the muffins:

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups of white flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter, room temp

 For the streusel:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp butter, room temp
Roughly 3 tbsp white flour, slowly add until you reach the right level of crumble

TO MAKE

Preheat oven to 325°

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a stand mixer, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and applesauce until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture into the stand mixer until just mixed. Fold in your blueberries with a spatula.

Pour your batter into 12 lined muffins tins and set aside.

Begin your streusel by combining the butter and sugar into a small bowl. Gradually add your flour until you reach a crumbly texture. You don’t want it to be too dry, but it shouldn’t be able to form a ball.

Evenly disperse your streusel onto each muffin. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes. 

Enjoy!

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