Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pumpkin Brown Sugar Muffins

I’m lucky I’m alive. Really. I went to the grocery store today. I didn't realize it was such a dangerous place. Just be careful. It is dangerous out there. And be particularly careful of old ladies with carts. Carts can be lethal weapons. It began in the baking aisle. It was packed. Needless to say I only needed sugar so I began to maneuver around everyone congregating by the spices and that is when I spied her. White hair, tennis shoes and wire rimmed glasses. Well, I didn’t know old ladies could move so fast. She came toolin’ up from the other direction with her eyes on her list-talking to herself.  Someone else spied her too. She knew I wouldn’t make it. Yeah, she made a spot for me and my cart while this old lady just wizzed by. And then I looked at my savior and we both burst out laughing. Honestly, it was too funny. I mean this old lady was on a mission. I’m not sure for what but I’m guessing this lady was a track star in her day. But it was a good laugh to those of us in the baking aisle. And that felt good.

Filled halfway
So soon it will be Thanksgiving and the stores will clear out until Christmas. I assume you don’t have to go running back for some last minute item. I assume you will stay home and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I assume you will want a cup of coffee. I assume you may also want some of these pumpkin brown sugar muffins with it. Yeah, you will. After all, you have to prime the pump and get it ready for the real meal to come.

Out of the oven

Pumpkin Brown Sugar Muffins (makes 12)

1 ¾ c flour
1t baking soda
1/2t salt
1 ½ t cinnamon
a good shaving of  fresh nutmeg or don’t use it
1 1/2c brown sugar
1/2c oil
1/3c water
1c canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2c walnuts or pecans chopped medium fine

Topping and Filling
1c brown sugar
 1/2t cinnamon
1/2c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 and fill muffin cups with liners or oil well.

In large bowl whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together. In another bowl whisk together sugar, oil, water, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla and nuts. Add flour mixture to liquid. Combine well.

Fill muffin tins halfway and sprinkle with a spoonful of filling. Now fill muffin tins all the way and sprinkle with the rest of the filling/topping.

Bake for about 20 minutes. Enjoy the peace while you can.

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  1. These sound delicious! Have a wonderful holiday and greetings from Santa Fe. cindy

  2. I am jealous! We are here and it is very quiet. My best wishes to all of you. How am I doing?

  3. perfect. you are my favorite blogger out of 698 that I am subscribed to! And I mean it and I love you!

  4. It doesn't get any better than this! 698? How do you do it? I love you, too!

  5. WOW! When did Bon Appetite come by to photograph your muffins.... I'm coming to have one now! :)

  6. Mr. Capitalist- I will give you a taste if you go earn some money! I am not easily buttered up.