Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate chip muffins



The theme for this months Baking Partners Challenge was cupcakes/muffins and the star ingredient was ‘Pumpkin’. Yes, what we locally call 'kaddu'. Three amazing recipes were shared and given to choose from by three of our Baking partners. The main ingredient was chosen to celebrate the spirit of a festival famously celebrated mainly in the western countries called Halloween.

Halloween (or All Hallows Eve, Summers end, Witches night) is celebrated worldwide on the night of 31st October. It is celebrated by trick-or-treating, costume parties and carving pumpkins (Jack-O-Lanterns)

The history of the celebration of this day is that the date of Halloween, 31st October, marked the end of the Celtic year and was believed to be the day when the spirits of those who died in the previous year would come back and possess a body of the living to allow themselves to pass into the afterlife. So people would dress up in scary costumes to try and frighten away spirits which has now become an integral part of the celebration. 




If you are someone like me , I can totally read your facial expression right now. Muffins with Pumpkin!!
I mean isn’t pumpkin such a savoury thing!! And that too not really a loved one esp at my home. I understand Halloween is quite a lot about pumpkins but this was stretching it a bit too far!!
All said and done, I had no choice but to jump in this bandwagon being a member of the Baking partners. So, a tiny slice of this new devil was chosen, boiled and pureed to attempt half  the recipe. I wasn’t sure who will want to be my Guinea pig this time.
To my utter surprise the muffins rose beautifully and looked pretty okay. I had put some extra choco-chips on top to attract my guinea pigs!! And would you believe, after tasting my guinea pigs were actually asking for more!! They loved it !! My Pumpkin muffins was such a huge hit esp with the mild cinnamon flavour and the oozing choco chips. My little one loved it the most biting away the muffins with her most sweetest set of little teeth. Such a delight to a mother.

Lesson learnt- Do not be afraid of the Pumpkin !! 


The recipe was shared by Reshmi of Easycook

Ingredients: I halved the recipe to get 6 muffins
  • 3/4 cup refined flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of ginger powder(or ground ginger)
  • a pinch of ground clove
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar, powdered
  • egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree(I made my own by boiling  the pumpkin pieces in water and then making a puree) 
  • a handful semisweet chocolate chips

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.

Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners or spray each cup with some vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ground spices, and salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and pumpkin puree, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour
mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Fill the muffin cups evenly till 3/4. Add a few choco-chips on top.

Place in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.



The muffins were amazingly soft and surprisingly yummy with the slight hint of aromatic spices. And the pumpkin puree wasn't overpowering at all as initially thought by me. A total surprise package.
As said earlier, enjoyed a lot by family and especially bymy darling little angel, Vaanya. She demolished my muffins in no time !!


Happy Pumpkin experimenting!
Amrita

34 comments:

  1. lovely muffins and perfectly made. I can see your baby loved it :) cute she is

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Priya, there is no lovelier feeling than your baby enjoying your cooking!!

      Delete
  2. Lovely muffins,moist and delicious,your kid is so cute..happy baking:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Delicious muffins, love your cute little princess. Yes our cooking is worth it only when the little ones approves it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rightly said Swathi...no fun if family does not approve!!

      Delete
  4. These are great and we enjoyed it tooo..looks super moist and fluffy..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks saraaswathi..so glad everybody enjoyed.

      Delete
  5. Your daughter is so beautiful! Love the pumpkin and chocolate combo in these moist muffins.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Mich, she is my darling. These muffins were indeed awesome

      Delete
  6. How cute is that lil one eating the cake... Yummy muffins

    ReplyDelete
  7. Your little girl looks so adorable! My kids enjoyed the muffin as well even with the pumpkin :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. So glad your kids enjoyed them as well.

      Delete
  8. Looks like your daughter enjoyed the pumpkins very much! I love baking with pumpkin, it's just like bananas it makes the loaf/muffins very moist. In fact I just made something with pumpkin today!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Yen, little Vaanya enjoyed them so much she was even chomping on the wrapper!!

      Delete
  9. Muffins have come out perfectly.. It is always a great joy and brings a lot of satisfaction, when our kids enjoy our cooking..

    Divya's Culinary Journey

    ReplyDelete
  10. What cute pictures of your little angel! And your muffins turned out great! I'm glad everyone loved them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Reeni, I am so glad the recipe came out a winner

      Delete
  11. So cute muffins and your daughter s so cute and loved your muffin cute :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Achu..hope you get your laptop soon..amazing how you are still managing such a great job.

      Delete
  12. LOVE Vaanya's cute clicks!! Mwaaaaah!
    Your muffins look great. We've chosen the same bake out of the three given..see.. great minds think alike :D.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Anuja. Truly said..great baking minds truly think alike !!!:):)

      Delete
  13. They look delicious! Love the pictures of Vaanya enjoying them!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Awww..your daughter is a cutie....Loved your muffins...They look wonderful...Thanks for your visit...Following you dear and happy baking...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Reshmi, pleasure visiting your space.

      Delete
  15. Hi Amrita, your muffin look delicious and the texture look so good.
    Love your pretty daughter, she is enjoying the delicious muffin so cute and sweet looking. *hugs*

    Have a nice week ahead.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks a ton Amelia. Wishing you a beautiful week ahead too.

      Delete
  16. Beautiful...mouth watering...

    ReplyDelete
  17. Need to try it!! I love pumpkin in a dessert!

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...