Pumpkin, cinnamon & hazelnut muffins

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Pumpkin (or squash) is definitely one of my favorite ingredient for fall recipes, that can be used both for savory recipes and desserts!

Here I propose you a recipe that I made with my friend Tania: pumpkin muffins with cinnamon and hazelnut for a delicious autumn treat! A very easy and tasty recipe that I hope you will like.

Pumpkin, cinnamon & hazelnut muffins

Servings 16 little muffins
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 200 g flour of your choice
  • 30 g hazelnut powder
  • 3 eggs medium size
  • 230 g cooked pumpkin (squash)
  • 100 g cane sugar
  • 100 ml milk whole or semi-skimmed
  • 100 ml neutral oil sunflower or olive
  • 2 handfuls of hazelnuts
  • 1 handful pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp bicarbonate
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1,5 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 vanilla bean or alternatively vanilla sugar or vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Cut the cooked squash into pieces (boil or steam it first if you don’t have any prepared in advance).
  • Using a fork or potato masher (or a blender), coarsely puree the squash by adding a little water.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the vanilla (either by scraping the inside of a vanilla pod, or by adding vanilla sugar, powder or extract).
  • Then add the milk and pumpkin puree and mix well.
  • Finally add the oil and mix again.
  • In another large bowl, add the dry ingredients: flour, hazelnut powder, bicarbonate and spices.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and mix roughly for 2/3 minutes with a spatula or spoon. It is normal for your batter to contain lumps.
  • Crush or coarsely chop the hazelnuts. Put half of the hazelnuts into the mixture and set aside.
  • Pour the mixture into small buttered or oiled muffin tins or muffin tins covered with baking paper.
  • Sprinkle the muffins with the remaining hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds.
  • Bake for about 17/18 minutes.
  • Check if it’s cooked by sticking a knife tip into a muffin: if it comes out rather clean, stop baking immediately.
  • Take out the muffins out of the oven and let them cool on a rack. Then enjoy!

Notes

You can change the ingredients by replacing the hazelnut with almond or nuts for example, the milk with hazelnut or almond milk (and the eggs with applesauce for a vegan version).
You can also replace the cinnamon and nutmeg with a 4-spice or gingerbread mix.
And for an even more indulgent touch, why not add a lemon glaze on top your muffins?
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North America

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