Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins + Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a wonderfully portable fall treat that you're sure to enjoy. The muffins are less sweet than most, but they're so nicely spiced that you'll never miss the extra sugar. They are perfect for breakfast or brunch and they make a really nice afternoon snack. You've probably noticed that I've been using pumpkin pie spice a lot this fall. I first started to use it when I was actively participating in recipe contests. It cut down on the number of ingredients that had to be listed in the recipe and the judges of the contests usually appreciated brevity. These days I use it because I appreciate brevity. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the commercial version of pumpkin pie spice, I make a big batch of my own at the start of the fall baking season. It saves some pennies, but, more importantly, it allows me to control the amount and type of spice I use without having to round up specific jars of spices every time I bake. My spice mix recipe appears in the Cook's Notes at the end of this post. These muffins keep well, and because they are not frosted, they also travel well. If you enjoy breads and pastries that are not too sweet, I hope you'll give this recipe a try. You won't be disappointed. Here's how the muffins are made.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite custbelow today's featured ourtesy of

1/3 cup flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons light molasses
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or line two standard muffin tins with paper liners.
2) To make streusel topping: Mix flour, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice together in a small bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal.
3) To make muffins: cream butter and both sugar together in a large bowl. Add pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs, molasses and orange zest and stir to mix well. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt to a separate bowl and whisk to combine. Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and stir just until combined. Fill prepared muffin cups two-thirds full with batter. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter in each cup. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 12 to 16 cupcakes.

Cook's Notes: Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix - Mix together 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground mace (optional), 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon allspice, or cloves, or cardamom. Store in an airtight container.

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mr. pineapple man said...

I guess it's pumpkin season again! Yum!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Can't help but love pumpkin cooking my friend :D

Choc Chip Uru

Cindy said...

I'm ready for pumpkin! These muffins look delicious. I like the addition of orange, yummy.

Blackswan said...

Love those toppings on the muffins! Would like to try pumpkin ones some day.

Stumbled upon your blog & I must say you've got a very nice food blog here.

I'm following u now at Pinterest & Twitter (blackswanst) & would love to have u follow me too. Looking fwd to sharing & see u at Shirley's Luxury Haven!

Katarina said...

I love pumpkin muffins and it's really nice to bake with pumpkin!

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
Ultra delicious and yummy muffins you're sharing with us. Thanks a lot!!

Cheah said...

I LIKE the's so original and of course like the muffins as well!

Lynn said...

They sound great, I love the addition of molasses:@)

The Church Cook said...

I read pumpkin and streusel and I had to stop by! This looks just perfect Mary!

Unknown said...

Mary, these look scrumptious and I appreciate your recipe for the pumpkin pie spice - I seem to be using a lot of it these days!

SImple and Serene Living said...

These look delicious. My mom is in the hospital and she loves muffins. I think I will make some of these for her when she gets home.


CQUEK said...

OMG – simply gorgeous. Your styling is exquisite…!

Blond Duck said...

I bet they're great with buttermilk!

Unknown said...

These muffins just scream fall!! I can't believe it's pumpkin season again already!!
Thanks for the spice mix too. I love making my own spice mixes!!

Kim said...

I bought a huge pumkin so I bet I'm gonna try these in a couple of days!!!!

David said...

Mary, Anything 'streusel' is a winner in our recipe book! Thanks for the recipe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a pretty pic of your muffins, Mary! I love the ease of pumpkin pie spice, too. I'll give your version a try. Thanks for sharing.

Priya Suresh said...

Great looking damn pretty looking muffins.

Daniela said...

These delicious muffins with streusel pumpkin . Look deliciuos. Daniela.

teresa said...

sometimes i enjoy baked goods with less sugar, especially in the morning. these look wonderful!

Joanne said...

I'm all for pumpkin muffins at this time of year! Delicious!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

It's back, my beloved pumpkin season.

Claudia said...

I have yet to make anything pumpkin. First on my list. Pinning!

Rambling Tart said...

Thank you so much for including your spice recipe, Mary! :-) I hope to start making my own spice mixes soon, and you have inspired me. :-)

Dining Alone said...

The orange zest and the molasses must make these so super tasty. love it!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Lovely looking muffins...Very recently I had made a batch of pumpkin muffins and they got over in no time...These sound yummy too...Loved the streusel top...

Food Jaunts said...

I think these would make a perfect breakfast! I'm not a huge sweets fan in the morning so I can definitely appreciate some spiced & not as sweet muffins.

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