A couple nights ago I put on black tights under my dress and put on a scarf and a sweater before leaving the house. Around midnight the rain started. I guess that means it’s fall.
I’m not quite ready for it yet, to give up the beach and the warmth, but none the less I find myself looking longingly at apples and argyle sweaters and knitted blankets. I want to go apple picking and drink mulled wine and wear thick knitted socks and brown leather boots. But instead, as I was by myself for the day without a car, or the budget to go boot shopping, I made pumpkin muffins.
Soft, warm, buttery pumpkin muffins that long for hot chocolate and a good book. And with the rain pouring, sitting in my little apartment, I drank hot chocolate and finished my book, and welcomed in Fall.
Loosely adapted from Smitten Kitchen
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or whole wheat pastry flour (which is what I used)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Coarse sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350F
Line a muffin tin with liners of butter and flour them.
In a small frying pan over medium low heat brown the butter- melt it and then continue to cook it until the milk solids turn brown and it develops a nice hazelnut smell. Be careful not to burn it.
Meanwhile measure all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
Pour the eggs and pumpkin and butter into it and mix it quickly to make sure the butter doesn’t cook the eggs.
Mix until just combined- do not over work it.
Spoon the batter into the tins, filling them up 3/4 of the way up.
Sprinkle sugar on top, bake until an inserted skewer comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes.