Friday, July 4, 2014

Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

Pumpkin Muffins with cream cheese glaze

makes approx-  24 extra large muffins, 36 standard sized muffins, or 3 loaves of bread


3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1- 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup water
Streusel Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar.
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
(optional) 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Cream Chesse Glaze
4oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp milk
blend cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix until all mixed in. Add milk one TBSP at a time until you reach a desired glaze consistency. Drizzle on muffins once done baking.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place cupcake/muffin liners in a muffin pan.
Mix the batter...
In a large bowl, gently whisk dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices).
In another large bowl (or the bowl of your electric mixer), add oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin. Blend well. Add water and blend until fully incorporated.
While slowly mixing, pour the dry ingredients in with the wet. Mix until just combined.
Make the streusel...
In a medium bowl mix brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nuts (if desired). Pour in the melted butter and stir gently until the mixture is combined, but some small lumps remain.
Scoop muffin batter into prepared pan, filling liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Top each muffin with a spoon full of streusel topping.
Bake muffins 18-20 minutes (for standard sized muffins).
Bake extra large muffins (as pictured) 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, but no wet batter.

Feel free to make this recipe into Pumpkin bread instead of muffins. Divide batter between 3 standard sized loaf pans. Bake loaves (in greased and floured pans) for 50-55 minutes.
This recipe makes a lot of muffins. Feel free to cut the recipe in half, or make some muffins and a loaf of bread.

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