Perfectly Pumpkin

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving…or as we call it here in Canada, Thanksgiving. While the majority of Americans I meet think it so bizarre that we have our turkey-day celebration over a month before our neighbours to the south, its all I’ve ever known. Thanksgiving comes in October – all of the Hallowe’en pumpkins get butchered a few weeks early to be baked into pies, mixed into lattes, and swirled into just about every other good imaginable.

I am a massive fan of all things pumpkin. I know there are mixed feelings about the influx of this squat orange gourd into such beloved treats as M&Ms, candy corn, and coffee, but as far as I’m concerned, pumpkin is wonderful. And though I’d love to share all 95 pumpkin recipes I’ve collected over the years, I’ll stick with the one I’ve MADE already this year.

Bake these up and keep them handy for fuel while you’re cooking up a Thanksgiving-day storm. Eat them dunked in your obligatory Pumpkin Spice Latte (or Pumpkin Spice Americano, thank you very much), or while perched atop a pile of hay on your way out to the pumpkin patch. Cover them in cream cheese frosting, or drizzle with maple syrup, or just scarf a couple down fresh out of the oven. They’re delicious, and the perfect pumpkin starting-off point.

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Perfectly Pumpkin Muffins

1/2 of a 798ml can pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 scant cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
pinch of allspice
pinch of salt

In one bowl, combine pumpkin, egg, sugar, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Scoop into greased muffin tins (they will rise a fair amount) and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

One thought on “Perfectly Pumpkin

  1. Yum! Yum! YUM! These sounds very yummy! And I believe I have one can of pumpkin left (from the US)… There are pumpkins in the market here, but they are a bit expensive and it takes a bit more time to prepare. I might have to make these this weekend for the playdate I’m hosting.

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