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October 21, 2010

Recipe: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

I'm so glad the weather is staring to feel more like the start of Fall. I see leaves on the ground and we've gotten a little rain so far. So, my mind immediately turns to the wonderful use of pumpkin. In everything really, chai latte's, pie, and in this case, muffins. Really this recipe is more like cupcakes because they're just so delicious you can't really categorize these as muffins. With they're delicious cream cheese filled center, it's like the frosting is on the inside.  I loved every part of this cupcake the batter was perfection, the cream cheese was just the right amount of sweet, and the topping had great texture. These lovelies filled the house with the most delicious aroma, I wish I could capture it and keep it year round. My family loved these. It makes me happy:)

Recipe from Annie's Eats.

Yield: 24 muffins
Ingredients:
For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
For the muffins:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1¼ cups vegetable oil
For the topping:
½ cup sugar
5 tbsp. flour
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces



Directions:
To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth.  Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1½-inches in diameter.  Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log, and reinforce with a piece of foil.  Transfer to the freezer and chill until at least slightly firm, at least 2 hours.

To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line muffin pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree and oil.  Mix on medium-low speed until blended.  With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.

To make the topping, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; whisk to blend.  Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.  Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use.

To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the liner (1-2 tablespoons).  Slice the log of cream cheese filling into 24 equal pieces.  Place a slice of the cream cheese mixture into each muffin well.  Divide the remaining batter among the muffin cups, placing on top of the cream cheese to cover completely.  Sprinkle a small amount of the topping mixture over each of the muffin wells.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving. 

* A small ice cream scoop with a spring handle works awesome when filling the cupcakes. No mess and I seem to divide the batter more evenly that way.

4 comments:

Jade said...

I searched messy bun on Google images and found your blog and I'm so glad I did! Everything about it is so lovely :) x

http://jadefungblog.blogspot.com

Arleene said...

Thanks Darling, that's so sweet!

Young People in Love said...

Woah. THESE look amazing!
Just stumbled across your blog... :)

Arleene said...

Thanks so much<3

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