Smitten with Muffins…..Fun Food Friday lives on.

I found this recipe on a website called It is by a woman named Deb who seems to live with a itsy-bitsy NYC kitchen. She also seems to have a wonderful site, full of personality and great sounding food!  Add to that many many many cooking credentials and awards and it is yet another wonderful find!

Julia Pumpkin Muffin
Julia and Pumpkin Muffin time!

“Pumpkin Muffins
Adapted from the American club, in Kohler, Wisconsin via Gourmet Magazine

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15 ounce can)
1/3 cup vegetable oil*
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar**
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.

Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

* Oh jeez, I messed up on this, too, using a 1/2-cup instead. It’s amazing anything ever turns out in my kitchen. That said, I also can’t attest to the oil-levels in the muffins either, though mine are fine.

** OMG! This too! I for some reason kept 1/4-cup aside, and wondered why the recipe called for so much. I didn’t use it all.” ——— Thanks to the Smitten Kitchen we look forward to many more yummy recipes and fun readings.

***Julia also want to remind you that Monday is a holiday here in the grand USA – thank you Chris for finding us (ha ha)… we will be taking the day off. See you all on Wednesday.