Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

My little one woke up around 4:30 this morning and decided it was time to start the day, plus my morning coffee was feeling a little sad a lonely.  The cure - Pumpkin Streusel Muffins.  I would like to describe the muffin,  but I just watched the Saturday Night Live skit with Betty White and I just can't write about muffins right now, so here is a picture and the recipe.

Pumpkin Muffins with Struesel Topping
Makes about 18

Muffins:
1 Stick Butter
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Molasses
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
1 Egg
1 ¾ Cups Flour
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1½ tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
¾ Cup Dates, Prunes 
½ Cup Chopped Pecans

Streusel Topping:
4 Tbs. Butter softened
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Flour
1 Tbs. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.
Cream the butter, brown sugar, and molasses until creamy. Add the pumpkin and the egg and mix well.
Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add the dry ingredients and the dates, prunes or raisins and nuts to the mixture. Beat just until the batter is smooth. Spoon into muffin pans.
For topping combine dry ingredients, then work in butter.  Sprinkle over tops of muffins
Bake for 15 minutes