Monday, 15 October 2012

Warm & spicy autumn muffins for Baking partners challenge | featuring pumpkin | Kukskitchen

This would be my second one of the baking partners challenge run by Swathi ( Zesty South Indian Kitchen) . I am luving it.

Reshmi of Easy Cook suggested Pumpkin chocolate chips muffin which is adapted from Baking from the Heart, a collaborative cookbook with Michael J Rose


1- Plain flour - 1 1/2 cups
    Baking soda - 1 tsp
    Ground cinnamon - 1 tsp
    Ground ginger (chukku)- 1 tsp
    Ground cloves - 1 tsp
    Freshly ground nutmeg - 1/4 tsp
    Salt - 1/2 tsp

2- Unsalted butter, room temperature - 1/2 cup (113g)
    Sugar - 1 cup
    Eggs - 2
    Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

3- Solid packed, canned pumpkin puree - 180 ml (3/4 cup)

4- Milk chocolate chips - 1 cup

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place rack in the middle of the oven. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray each cup with a non stick vegetable spray.

- In a large bowl, sift together (1).

- In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

- With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and pumpkin puree, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.

- Fill the muffin cups evenly with the batter using two spoons or an ice cream scoop.

- Place in the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.

- Makes 12 regular-sized muffins.


- In uk pumpkin puree is not commercially available and hence I made my own. It is simple. Take skin and seeds off pumpkin or butternut squash ( same family, same taste) and cut them in chunks. Pressure cook these with a cup of water till the first whistle. Puree this to ta smooth paste to use in the recipe above.

- For that extra taste use butter cream frosting and sprinkles of ur choice.


  1. oh dear! such a tempting muffin. please pass it on :)

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  2. lovely and perfectly baked muffins :) too cute Sherin

    Cook like Priya

  3. perfectly baked sherin.. looks too good..

  4. Perfectly baked and so tempting,love the frosting dear,yum

  5. Tempting and perfectly done muffins

  6. Perfect and delicious...Loved the idea of frosting it...

  7. cute muffins sherin - lovely :)

  8. Nice !! Looks very cute and nicely presented.. you have a nice Blog

    Thanks for linking to the event:)

  9. Perfectly maffins and very delicious..

    today's recipe:

  10. Love the idea of frosting the muffin, Delicious and perfect.

  11. cutely done muffins. Great job

  12. Love the cupcakes and decorations... beautifully done!

  13. Your muffins look great!

  14. Looks yum! Do v need one whole pumpkin 4 the puree? Wats the ~ weight?

    1. I used butternut sqash as I didn't get pumpkins, they taste the same. A third (3/4 cup)of medium squash went into this recipe achu.

  15. Thanks dearies for the encouraging and lovely comments. :-)

  16. superb moist n delicious muffins...i love it
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  17. Nice muffin Sherin the texture is beautiful and I am sure they would have tasted heavenly.I am Glad to be in baking partner group.

  18. Great looking muffins!!!!

  19. Perfectly made muffins dear.... First time here... When u get free time do visit my place....

  20. Love how moist your muffins look! I'm sure they're perfect to eat even without the frosting!

  21. The pumpkin adds its own colour to the dish and looks lovely. Perfect baking !

  22. Hi Sherin,

    Greeting from Australia!

    Nice to know these are the yummy treats that you baking for autumn at UK...

    Pumpkin puree is only available as baby food in Australian supermarkets. Making your own for these cupcakes seems good!

    Nice to know you through blogging and now following you and like you at Facebook :D


  23. Beautiful and lovely design on cupcakes :)

  24. Yummy muffins. The sprinkles look cute and love the pearls. Thx for linking.

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  25. Tempting..
    First time to your,Whenever you chance pop up my blog :)

  26. Delicious recipe :)
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A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My husband is my pillar of support and my son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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