Tuesday, September 15, 2009

FALL is in the air

While the calendar says FALL is in the air (although my thermometer begs to differ) it dawned me it was time to break out the fall recipes. With Fall just around the corner, we'll soon see those cool fall mornings and with those come Fresh Pumpkin Muffins. My kids absolutely love pumpkin muffins with just a drop of cream cheese. It's a fall staple around our house.

Pumpkin Muffins

3 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of cardamom (optional)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin
1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
8 oz package cream cheese*
Chopped nuts** (walnuts, pecans) (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients together except cream cheese and nuts. Fill muffin tins (greased or paper cups) half full. Put 1-2 tsp cream cheese in the middle, pressing down. Sprinkle with 1 tsp chopped nuts. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the muffin part (do not touch the cream cheese!). Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. Do not touch the cream cheese until it cools, as it is very very hot. Makes 24 muffins."

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