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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pumpkin and Date Muffins

The other night I was lying on the couch flicking through AAW: BAKE, when my flatmate said: "So, do you usually read cook books for fun?" To which I replied, "I don't read them all the time..."

I think I may have an obsession with food and cook books. Please tell me reading through cook books in not geeky? Ok, so it may be a little geeky. Which means I must be a little bit of a geek. Thats okay. I can deal with that. Maybe its time for all the Sneans-wearers out there to stop hogging all the geekiness share a little with us. Yes, you too. I'm sure we're all geeky in our own way. Don't deny it. 

In fact, if it wasn't for flicking through AAW I wouldn't have got the idea for my next pumpkin recipe:  Muffins. Pumpkin and Date muffins that is. I know you're thinking I could have come up with that on my own, as muffins don't sound too adventurous, BUT its been a while since I made these and whoa did I miss them.
And for all those fussy 'dater's' our there, you don't have to use them but could substitute chocolate, or raisins, or nuts, or anything that tickles your fancy. Here they are:

Pumpkin and Date Muffins

2 cup plain flour                    1 egg
1/4 soft brown sugar             1 cup mashed pumpkin
3 tsp baking powder             1/2 cup yoghurt/milk
1 tsp cinnamon                     1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg                      1/4 Canola oil
1/2 cup dates, chopped

Pre-heat fan forced oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease a muffin pan (mini, medium or large).

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and spices into a bowl. Add sugar and stir together with a whisk or fork to aerate the mixture. 

In a separate large bowl, slightly beat the egg. Add the pumpkin, yoghurt/milk, vanilla and oil. Mix to combine. 

Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix. 

Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Served warm for breakfast with yoghurt and a drizzle of maple syrup is pre-tty tasty, or as a snack, or whenever your taste buds would like to savour a sweet, soft, fluffy pumpkin goodness. 

So there we have it. About 2/5ths of pumpky gone. What will be next? Not too sure yet. Stay tuned to find out.


  1. I read cook books for fun....all the time ;)

  2. There should be a big pile of cookbooks on every bedside table I think...reading cookbooks before you sleep gives you sweet dreams !

  3. Hi Sars! Made these - super yum!! found I had to soak the dates in boliing water.. my dates were a bit tough. Thats how often I use dates..

  4. Those muffins look yummy, i'm not a great cook or baker but i might try to make them they look so good :)

  5. Yum. i love pumpkin. i like what you've done with it so far, mashed and muffins! i love to read cookbooks too, have you noticed how they just keep coming out with more and more? i have to show restraint :)

  6. Ha, I love that about blog world! There's always someone who can relate with me on a love for food-like things.

    Ash- glad you liked them too!
    Lenna- totally don't need to be a good baker to make these! Do it :)