Pumpkin Spice Muffins – Via The Pioneer Woman

Last night I tried a new recipe from The Pioneer Woman.  I am not much a of baker, although I aspire to be.  If you ask my husband he would tell you that I have Never followed a recipe exactly in my life.  This is probably an accurate statement.  But baked goods are so delicious and this is the time of year that just seems to be missing something if you don’t have a warm and delicious cake/muffins/pie in the oven.  So, this recipe looked simple enough to try and delicious enough that I would have no problem getting help eating the finished product.  Here is the recipe that I followed: Pumpkin Spice Muffins.

I used canned 100% Pumpkin Puree this time, to make sure that I like this muffin before investing an additional hour+ of time and effort to make my own pumpkin puree from scratch.  It worked just great, and does not resemble in any way the canned pumpkin pie filling, gross.  Also, one important thing to point out, while I was at the grocery store on the baking aisle I had a momentary brain lapse and couldn’t remember if I really meant evaporated milk when I wrote it down, or if I really meant sweetened condensed milk!  There is a very big difference between these two seemingly alike products.  They are located right next to each other in the store, same brand names, same size and shape cans, but something is different.  SUGAR!  The sugar content is roughly 7 times greater in sweetened condensed milk than evaporated milk, don’t confuse them!  So, I whipped up all of the required ingredients, measured, sifted, stirred.  When it came time to incorporate the flour mix and the butter my lack of baking experience became evident.  I cut it with two knives for a while with some success, but wasn’t totally pleased.  Using the back of a medium sized spoon I smeared the butter chunks into the side of the bowl, much better results.

After tasting these muffins I am going to try doubling the spices and adding 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the mix.  This recipe makes about 10 muffins, so I would highly recommend doubling it up front, they go fast.  I think these would be really good with chopped pecans in them.  I will try these changes this weekend.  I also dusted mine with powdered sugar instead of the cinnamon sugar mix.

Overall feedback from all samplers:  The muffin itself (without icing) was not very sweet.  The spices were good, but not very strong.  Make more, we ate them up fast!  Could benefit from more sugar and nuts.



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