Sunday, 21 October 2012

Pumpkin muffins with cranberries and black treacle

This recipe comes from Carol Pastor cookbook '75 best - ever muffins'. We liked them very much. They were very tasty, spicy, sweet, moist.  The cake was fluffy and a little bit crumbly. Adding pumpkin pure to the batter  is a good idea to introduce veggies into a children diet

Ingredients for 12 muffins:
  • 115g soft butter or margarine
  • 150g Dark Muscovado sugar
  • 60ml black treacle
  • 225g pumpkin pure*
  • 1 egg
  • 225g flour
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 15g dried cranberries
 * I have bought a pumpkin recently so I made my own pumpkin puree. There is a method. Cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces. Remove the seeds (set them aside) and cut off the skin. Place the pumpkin on baking tray one piece beside another and bake them in the oven for 45 minutes in 180C. Poke the pieces of pumpkin with fork to check if they are soft. Then place them into a blender and bled for pure. You can store them in a jars in a fridge for a few days or freeze. If you like the pumpkin seeds, wash them and place on the same baking tray, keep them in a warm oven (60C) until they become dry. Then remove the with shell and enjoy !

pumpkin puree
Coming back to muffins.
Preheat the oven to 200C. Line muffin tin with paper cases.

Into a big bowl put the butter and sugar. Beat them together until fluffy. Then add black treacle and beat until well incorporated. 
Next add the pumpkin pure and and whisked egg.

In separate bowl combine the flour, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold them into wet ingredients mixture. And last, but not  least, gently fold in the cranberries.

Spoon the batter into baking cases, 3/4 full. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds over the top of each muffin. Bake 12-15 minutes. When ready transfer to the wire rack to cool down. Enjoy !


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