Autumn and pumpkin go hand in hand. No matter where I look, I am bombarded with pumpkin this and pumpkin that. The leaves are changing color, the air is a little cooler, and every Indiana pumpkin patch has opened for business. It must be fall. In light of all these seasonal changes, I figured that a pumpkin muffin recipe will be more than welcome.
It was a spur of the moment decision. I had decided to whip up a batch of muffins, but I didn’t feel like lemon poppy seed or blueberry or anything else that I would typically turn to. Instead, I made a snap decision to seek out something new and different. What hadn’t I made before? That question stumped me–but only for a moment. I quickly figured out that my family loves pumpkin so what better way to start their day than with one of their favorite flavors in a muffin?
These were so fast to fix. You will begin by melting the shortening. Remember, do NOT add water to the shortening in the pan or you will make one heck of a splattering mess! After the shortening is melted, you may add it, along with a few of the other ingredients, to the mixer bowl of your stand electric mixer. Of course, you may also combine the ingredients by hand. As with every muffin recipe, take care not to mix the ingredients too much after you add in the flour. If you consistently bake flat muffins, that would be why. You need to keep the air in them so mix just until combined, but not overly so.
I’ve only ever used canned pumpkin for these though I suppose I could have used one of the beautiful pumpkins I purchased from our local farmer’s market. I didn’t even think about it. Maybe next time I can make them that way. When I didn’t have solid pack pumpkin, I have subbed in pumpkin pie filling and they still turned out. Ah, I love when a recipe can be versatile like that. You may want to adjust the other seasonings in the muffin recipe if you use pumpkin pie filling and prefer milder flavors. Either way, they are a gorgeous orange that smells divine while they bake. These pumpkin muffins are fuss-free and a regular in our house year round!
If you are a big fan of pumpkin, I have plenty of other pumpkin recipes here on Little Indiana.com. You will find the world’s best pumpkin pie recipe, a ginger streusel topped pumpkin pie, the one pie that actually made me a pumpkin pie fan! There’s also pumpkin scones, (with chips, with ginger, and plain), pumpkin cupcakes pumpkin cookies with penuche frosting, and a copycat recipe for a very popular seasonal ice cream you can only find at a large chain. I guess it is obvious that pumpkin is a popular flavor around here, too.
Have you made these muffins yet? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below. If you have made any creative changes, please share those as well. We all love our recipe tweaks!
Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
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