What’s new on the menu this week?! More pumpkin for my little pumpkin and hopefully yours too! This week I got a wild hair and decided to do some real deal baking. You see, I’m not a cook nor do I claim to be. When a recipe says “baking powder” it’s beyond my limits. That’s why I love making baby food, it’s easy and not too involved! I like to cook, which is why I enjoy coming up with concoctions for my baby but I’ve never been really good at it. My mother-in-law however, she’s good! I will never be able to reach the bar she has set. But with a little encouragement and some help from her, I got down and dirty in the kitchen making homemade mini-pumpkin muffins. They actually were really easy and left my husband and baby saying “more.” Of course this mama made baby sign “more please” before giving extras. Here’s what I did.
Ingredients: 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 2/3 cup pumpkin, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp baking powder, 3/4 cup cake flour (Swans Down), 1 tsp ginger, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, dash of salt
1. Beat eggs until thick and fluffy (about 5 mins)
2. Stir in lemon juice and pumpkin
3. Mix the dry ingredients and fold into pumpkin-egg mixture
4.Scoop mixture into greased mini-muffin tins (it’s important to grease the pans), this recipe makes 36 mini-muffins
6. Let cool. Bon appe’tit baby!
The “R” rated version with cream cheese icing:
When I can help it, I only allow a limited amount of sugar in my son’s diet. In this case, I can help it. So he gets the plain jane pumpkin muffins. He sure doesn’t seem to mind! Mama on the other hand has a love for cream cheese icing, which takes these pumpkin muffins from great to WOW!
Cream Cheese Icing:
Ingredients: 8 oz pkg softened cream cheese, 4 tbsp softened margarine, 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix all the ingredients together until smooth then spread onto cooled muffins
Go ahead, give them a try. They are moist and delicious. I have to admit, I’m proud of myself! I serve these muffins to my son for breakfast or snacks along with fruit. They are a fantastic fall goodie. The only problem is that they are bite size and go fast, might want to double this recipe! Check out my other fall finger food recipes for Pumpkin Yogurt Dots and Indian Corn.
Cheers to fall cooking!
Respect, kindness and love begin with babies…we must show them the way!