Pumpkin Muffins with Pecan Crumb Topping

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. It is a beautiful time of the year and marks the beginning of a festive season and a season to give thanks. The pumpkin puree that I shared yesterday ought to be used somewhere right? So here is a recipe that you can bake and enjoy during Thanksgiving or otherwise. Though these muffins do not fall under traditional Thanksgiving food but hey, these are made with pumpkins, have warm and earthy fall spices in them, and are “soul-sweet”, so these qualify as Thanksgiving food in my books and may be these can make an entry on your Thanksgiving menu too. Even if not, I am sure you will fall in love with this recipe once you make it anytime during pumpkin season.

The recipe run down is simple – prep wet and dry ingredients separately and then mix them together. The pecan crumb topping is to die for is adapted from Pioneer Woman’s crumb topping that I use to top pretty much anything that I feel like….hah! This crumb topping will taste good even on shoe laces – trust me. The muffin recipe will make 18 regular size muffins or 12 regular and 12 mini muffins. I made 12 regular sized muffins with crumb topping and two mini-loaves without the topping for Mr. little V, since he is allergic to pecans. If you want to skip the crumb topping (please do not), increase the sugar in the muffin batter from one and a half cup to two cups.

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

All-purpose flour – 2 cups

Salt – ½ teaspoon

Baking powder – ½ teaspoon

Baking soda – 1teaspoon

Ground Cinnamon – 1teaspoon*

Ground Nutmeg – ½ teaspoon*

Ground Mace – ½ teaspoon*

All spice – ½ teaspoon*

Unsalted butter – 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup), at room temperature

Sugar – 1-1/2 cups

Eggs – 2 large

Pure vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Pumpkin puree (recipe here) – 1 -1/2 cups or 1 14 oz can

For the Pecan Crumb Topping

Brown Sugar – 1/3 cup

Pecans – ½ cup, chopped fine

All-purpose Flour – 3 tablespoon

Butter – 3 tablespoon, at room temperature

Method:

Plan-ahead! Take the butter and eggs out from the refrigerator ahead of time so that they are at room temperature by the time you get ready to bake.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C. Line your muffin pans with liners or spray with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.

*Feel free to use 2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice if you like instead of mixing cinnamon, mace, all-spice and nutmeg.

In the bowl of an electric mixer (or another big mixing bowl), beat the butter and sugar until mixed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; and beat on medium speed till light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the vanilla and pumpkin puree and mix to combine. You might have to scrape the sides of bowl a few times. A rubber or silicone spatula comes in handy for this. Slowly add the flour mixture while the mixer is at lowest speed. Beat until just combined and do not over-mix.

To make the crumb topping, in a separate bowl, add all the crumb topping ingredients and mash together with a fork, until thoroughly combined.

Using an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measure, divide the muffin batter to muffin pans, filling each muffin about ¾ full. Once all the batter has been used, top each muffin with the crumb topping. Bake in the middle rack of the oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Cool the muffins on a cooling rack for 10 minutes (like that is going to happen!) and enjoy!

Love- Vaishali.

Notes:

Crumb topping adapted from a ThePioneerWoman.com recipe

If you want to use small or large loaf pans to bake these, adjust the bake time accordingly. It took me 40 minutes to bake the mini-loaf.

If not making the crumb topping, increase the sugar in muffin batter from 1.5 cups to 2 cups.

Feel free to use 2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice if you like instead of mixing cinnamon, mace, all-spice and nutmeg.

Tools used:

Stand mixer (I love my Kitchenaid)

Oven

Mixing bowls

Measuring cups and spoons

Knife and chopping board (to chop Pecans)

Rubber spatula

Muffin tin

Paper muffin liners

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