Cooking with Love
I admit that I feel a sense of accomplishment and true happiness when someone eats (and likes) something I have cooked. I like making others feel full and content if only for a brief moment – almost like a really good hug. You will love this recipe for Pumpkin-Apple Muffins. I suggest you wrap-up a few and ask your children to deliver them to a neighbor, friend or teacher. I guarantee it will make them feel happy – and the recipient will enjoy them too!
* 1 ½ Cups of whole wheat pastry flour AND 1 ½ cups of unbleached flour
* 2 TSP of Baking Soda
* 2 TSP of Cinnamon
* 1 ½ TSP of Salt
* 2 1/2 Cups of Sugar (or 2 Cups of Sugar and 1/2 cup of Agave Nectar)
* 1 Can of Pumpkin (15 ozs.)
* 4 Eggs
* 1 Cup of Vegetable or Canola Oil
* 2 Apples (well peeled, cored and diced)
* ½ Cup of Apple Juice or Water
1. Combine Flour(s), Cinnamon, Baking Soda and Salt in a large bowl.
2. Beat Sugar, Pumpkin, Eggs, Oil and Apple Juice until fully blended.
3. Add to flour mixture and stir until blended.
3. Stir in apples.
4. Pour into muffin trays and bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean. Add 20-30 mins. for loaf pan depending on size.
How the Kids Can Help?
- Baking is the easiest way to teach kids how to measure and stir.
- Ask the younger helpers to put the muffin papers in the pan.
- The kids can do the toothpick test for you too!
- Did you know that a pumpkin is really a Squash.
- Pumpkins are fruit and contain Potassium and Vitamin A
- Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
- The largest pumpkin was close to 1500 pounds!