Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

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Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Muffins are delicious and I seriously consider them one of my favorite breakfast options. From time to time, I find myself making them for dessert and grabbing one or two as a snack. These cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins are my favorite muffins, and that comes from a gal that has made a ton of different muffins over the years.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffin

This is one of those incredibly good and mouthwatering recipes. It’s also really easy to make and it’s perfect for this season! I like to make them with store bought pumpkin puree but I once made them with pumpkin puree made from scratch and the result was just as good!

What I love the most about this recipe is how incredibly easy it is to whip up. There aren’t a lot of complicated steps or difficult ingredients. Just the tried and true ones you probably already have in your pantry.

The only thing that’s a bit out of the ordinary is the oat flour but you can make it yourself grinding oats in your food processor until fine. It takes around 40 seconds top and it makes the Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins even more filling which makes them an incredibly good option for breakfast.

And then there’s the topping. Oh my, the topping that coats the muffins tastes delicious. It’s sweet, it’s a bit crunchy, and it’s a total crowd pleaser. I just mix some milk, powdered sugar, and a pinch of vanilla extract and then is just a matter of filling a piping bag and decorating.

I sometimes skip the topping to keep the muffins healthier or if I’m a real hurry because they are delicious by themselves, but the topping really makes this a total crowd favorite recipe.  It’s one of those recipes that people ask me for after they try them.

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Ingredients:

  • – 1 ½ Cup all-purpose flour
  • – ½ Cup oatmeal flour
  • – 1 Cup pumpkin puree
  • – 1 Cup milk
  • – ½ Cup butter
  • – ½ Cup sugar
  • – 1 Egg
  • – 2 Tsps vanilla extract
  • – 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • – 1 Tsp baking powder

Glaze:

Directions:

  • – Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • – In a bowl, mix the mashed pumpkin with the sugar, milk, vanilla, butter, egg, and ground cinnamon.
  • – Add the all-purpose flour, oatmeal flour, and baking powder into the bowl. Stir repeatedly until the batter has no lumps left.
  • – Set a cupcake tray with paper cupcake liners and fill them.
  • – Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
  • – For the glaze, mix milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until getting a thick mixture.
  • – Remove the tray from the oven and let them cool down.
  • – Drizzle the muffins with the glaze.
  • – Serve and enjoy.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Meringue Pumpkins – Inspiring Monday

Meringue Pumpkins

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites (120 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup (200 grams) superfine or caster sugar (if you don’t have superfine sugar simply take 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar and process it for about 30 seconds in a food processor)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
gel orange food coloring

(If you want these to actually taste like pumpkin you can carefully fold 1/4 cup of pure pumpkin purée after you’ve mixed the other ingredients.)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees and move your rack to the middle of your oven.

Using the wish attachment on an electric mixer wisk the egg whites on a low-medium speed until foamy. Next add the cream of tartar and keep mixing until they hold soft peaks when you turn off and remove the wisks.  Add the sugar a little at a time until the meringue holds very stiff peaks.  Now add in the vanilla extract and gel food coloring with a toothpick.  Remember a little goes a long way and you can’t take it back but you can always add more.

Feel a little bit of the meringue between your fingers to see if it feels gritty.  Keep beating it until all the sugar dissolves and it no longer feels gritty.

Grab a cookie sheet and cover it with parchment paper.  Dab a little meringue in each corner of the cookie sheet under the parchment paper.  This will help hold it in place while you pipe.  Add your meringue to a pastry bag fitted with your star tip.

While holding the bag straight up and down, use even pressure to pipe about a two inch round pumpkin, release pressure and gently raise.

Bake the meringues for approximately one hour to one and a half hours.  They should be crisp to the touch.  Then turn off the oven, open the door and allow them to finish trying in there for several hours (I choose overnight because it’s easier with kids).

After several hours (or many hours the next day) draw your pumpkin faces using a Wilton’s edible marker.  With a little patience and a steady hand you can’t go wrong!

These will last several days when stored at room temperature in a closed container. This recipes makes 20-25 pumpkins depending on how generous you are with your piping.  Enjoy!

 

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How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting

How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting

Every fall my family goes out and buys a few pumpkins to decorate, carve, and just sit on our front porch.  I just love pumpkins!  I love the look of them, the smell of them, and the nostalgia they bring with them.

Every year I keep them till they rot.  Some years it’s longer than others but last year I ended up keeping them a looooong time.   Last year, I was given a handful of baby pumpkins after a fall festival.  They were just going to be thrown away and I just couldn’t bear the thought.  I brought them home and had high hopes of decorating them in some adorable way…but that never happened.  They sat out in my garage for a few weeks before I decided to try this little experiment of mine on them.

Here are the 7 ways I tried to preserve my pumpkins:

  1. I soaked one in a water/bleach solution a few times.
  2. I covered one in Vaseline {Check out my 15 Beauty Uses for Vaseline here}.
  3. I soaked one in a water/vinegar solution a few times.
  4. I sprayed one with polyurethane.
  5. I covered one in vegetable oil.
  6. I sprayed one with furniture polish.
  7. I did nothing to the last one.

Can you guess which one lasted NINE whole months?  It may have lasted longer but my husband refused to keep those disgusting pumpkins in our garage any longer and threw them out {Who could blame him!}.

I’m so excited to tell you the results but I really wish I could hear your predictions first.

Do me a favor, will you?  Will you comment below with your initial guess?  

Drum roll please…

The winning pumpkin was the one that was soaked in a bleach/water mixture!

My perfect pumpkin picking tips:

  • – Shop locally – They’ll last longer and you’re supporting a local business.  Win-win!
  • – Check for Marks – The more blemishes a pumpkin has to start with the higher the chances it will decay quickly.
  • – Feel for Soft Spots – Feel around the pumpkin and see if there are any bruises or soft spots on the pumpkin.

Soaking and Sealing:

Soak your pumpkin in a solution of water and bleach.  The measurement isn’t an exact science but somewhere around a few caps to a gallon should be good.  Leave your pumpkin soaking for 20-30 minutes before removing.  Wipe dry and carve as you normally would {or check out these 8 Elegant No-Cut Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin}.  After you carve your pumpkin add your water/bleach mixture to a spray bottle and spray the open surfaces, including the inside.  This will kill the bacteria that ‘s present and will help prevent it from rotting.

That’s it!  Have fun enjoying your pumpkins for as long as you can this year!

If you liked this post please pin it on Pinterest so others can find it and follow my Pumpkins, Pumpkins, & More Pumpkins Pinterest board for more pumpkin inspiration!

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