pumpkin spice espresso muffins

…feels like fall
…looks like fall
…smells like fall

The cinnamon was a gift, brought to me from Estonia.  Thanks LP!

The muffins are moist, melding the flavors and leaving a lingering spice on the palate.  Pumpkin and espresso support the overall flavor, yet are not prominent in taste. Delicious!
Pumpkin Spice Espresso Muffins
(adapted from here)
Ingredients:
  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 T espresso powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 stick cinnamon, ground fine (or 1 t ground cinnamon)
  • 1/8 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • 1 t salt
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree (I used fresh pumpkin, roasted in the oven until tender)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
Mixing:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line 24 muffin wells with paper liners
  3. Combine the first 8 (dry) ingredients in a mixing bowl
  4. In a mixer bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugars, and oil.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Add dry ingredients, and mix only until the dry ingredients are incorporated
  7. Divide batter evenly between the 24 muffin liners
  8. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, or until the muffins test done.
I glazed the muffins with 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, melted and a few teaspoons of whipping cream added until of drizzling consistency.

bran muffins

September is ‘get healthier month’ in my life. Though these muffins are somewhat sweet, they contain bran cereal and raisins. They are simple to mix, and they bake into nice large, dense, moist muffins. The baked muffins freeze well, and make a great ‘grab and go’ breakfast.

These are officially named Six Week Whole Bran Muffins, and the recipe can be found here. I think they are better baked in the first few days after mixing; however, the recipe states that the batter will keep for six weeks in the refrigerator.

thankful for our "red, white & blue!"

Chris Tomlin “America” lyrics

“Let your glory fly!

Let your glory fly!

Let your glory fly!

If my people will humbly pray

Turn from sin and their wicked ways

And I will hear them and heal their land

And show my glory and power again, yeah! …”

Blueberry-raspberry muffins this morning remembering our red, white, and blue flag proudly flying over our land. I’m glad I can stand under this flag as it flies.

The recipe was from sophistimom; the muffins are mixed more like a cake than like muffins. They were delicious.