Friday, October 1, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

It's finally October! So why not have a recipe that involves pumpkin? Actually, I really love pumpkin so don't be surprised if I make a post in April with something pumpkin-y. This recipe is from Muffins by Elizabeth Alston, published in 1985. The original recipe includes almonds, but I don't care for nuts in bready or cakey things, so I left them out. I've written that part of the recipe in brackets.

[1/2 cup (1 1/4 ounces) sliced unblanched almonds]
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup plain pumpkin (half of a 1-pound can)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips

I also included a dash of ground cloves. For the chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chips. They're larger than most chocolate chips, but they worked perfectly.

Heat oven to 350F. [Put almonds on a baking sheet or pie pan and bake about 5 minutes, just until lightly browned; watch carefully so almonds don't burn. (You can also toast them in a toaster oven.) Slide almonds off the baking sheet so they cool quickly.]
Grease muffin cups, or use foil or paper baking cups.
Thoroughly mix flour, sugar, pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Break eggs into another bowl. Add pumpkin and butter, and whisk until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips [and almonds].

Pour over dry ingredients and fold in with a rubber spatula just until dry ingredients are moistened.
This is the most important part of making muffins. You must never over-stir!

Scoop batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until puffed and springy to the touch in the center. Turn out onto a rack to cool. Wrap in a plastic bag and keep for 1 or 2 days. I've had pumpkinbread and pumpkin muffins go wonky pretty quickly, so definitely try to eat them all within just a few days.

Delicious! This recipe was so easy and the muffins tasted amazing, so I'll definitely make these many more times in the future.


  1. omg they sound so delicious. Love the photos and your instructions, very easy to follow!

    I just need to live near you so you can bake and I can eat :)