Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

Fine. I've succumbed to the pumpkin. I don't usually cook with pumpkins; I carve them. In fact, I once carved a jack-o-lantern and then stuck a plastic knife in its side and splattered it with fake blood. I loved that thing; the neighbors did not. We'll see what I come up with this year, but I can't guarantee that it'll overshadow the demented mind of a 16 year old. In the meantime, let's talk about my evil plan to infuse perfectly delicious pumpkin bread with zucchini in the hopes of making it even more delicious.

After sourcing pumpkin bread recipes on Twitter, I decided to use the recipe from Three Many Cooks as my base with a few adaptations. Let's just say that freshly ground nutmeg is a must, and I'm so glad I decided to add some freshly ground ginger. These muffins were amazing; my brother keeps raving about them. They're insanely moist, and the combination of fresh spices kicks them up a notch. I hear the original is phenomenal as well (which is why I used it, duh).

Now for a story. I required a few things from the store to conquer both these muffins and the pumpkin ice cream my brother requested. Ever the lazy one, I tricked my brother into picking up some heavy cream and pumpkin puree (with a note to avoid pumpkin pie filling). The thing is, he wasn't moving at a speed of my liking, so every single time I passed his door this morning I told him to go to the store in a creepy voice. He's my older brother, I'm allowed. Anyway, after calling me from the store because he couldn't figure out that the Pura Calabaza under Pure Pumpkin was, in fact, just the label reiterating the can's contents in Spanish, he returned home with my goods. And a can of whipped cream. On purpose.

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

He desecrated my muffins.* And didn't even stop to consider that I could have made whipped cream from scratch with the extra whipping cream he brought me. Brothers.

*I'm pretty positive the whipped cream was intended for the pumpkin ice cream, not the muffins. I reiterate, brothers. Edit: He also just told me that I can still make whipped cream so he can do a taste test.


Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
Makes 15 muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1.5 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. freshly ground ginger
1 stick softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
8 oz. pure pumpkin puree
1 cup grated zucchini, drained
1/3 cup water
3/4 cup chopped walnuts




1. Grease your muffin tins and preheat oven to 350F.

2. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a bowl. Set aside.


3. Take your grated zucchini and put in a fine mesh sieve. Push into mesh and try to squeeze out as much water as possible.


Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

4. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in eggs, and then pumpkin until smooth. Then mix in zucchini.


5. Alternating, mix in water and flour-spice mix. When combined, mix in walnuts by hand.


6. Divide evenly into 15 wells and bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.


7. Let cool for a few minutes, run a plastic knife around the edges, and let cool fully on wire rack.


Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
Up close & personal. I want to pick the walnut off my screen & eat it.

38 comments:

apiciusapprentice said...

Hey! I'm new to the site, and I just wanted to say that I love it!! The writing is so witty and the recipes kick butt. This one will have to be attempted! Thank you for sharing :)

Baker Street said...

Ah.. Pumpkin muffins!! I like the combination of pumpkin and zucchini. I'm surely making these. Your pictures as usual are awesome!! :)

eatgreek.net said...

they look so yummy! :D

Stephanie Russell said...

The muffins look de-lish! And the gorgeous color of the shredded zucchini alone make me want to run to the market immediately and grab a few. Thanks for the share!

briarrose said...

Yummy. I've never had pumpkin and zucchini together in the same muffin.....must try this flavor combination out.

Victoria K. said...

This does look quite awesome. I do not have a brother, but I can imagine what it's like, haha. Looks like he came through in the end though, and your muffins turned out pretty bomb :)

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

I love all kinds of muffins and combining pumpkin and zucchini sounds yummy!

ravienomnoms said...

Those looks amazing!

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies said...

I'm so glad you used the Three Many Cooks recipe. The original really is phenomenal, but this looks SO good too! I may have to get into these this weekend. I've been on a huge baking trend.

Tiffany said...

Ahhh brothers, I hear you sister! Your muffins look delicious, I will save this to try!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle said...

I love zucchini bread so know this would just up the flavor a bit and would love it too! Very very nice and great pictures.

A Thought For Food said...

I adore zucchini muffins... they are so moist and add such lovely flavor to it. And with the pumpkin... I can only imagine how delightful they are.

Jean said...

I'm fresh out of pumpkin bars and would like to replenish with these. These look great, even with the store-bought whipped cream--although these muffins are probably still perfect without it.

Keaton said...

These look delicious. And beautiful photography.

Ben said...

I like whipped cream of all kinds--hell, even Kool Whip. But if he's never had freshly whipped cream before, his eyes will be OPENED.

Baking Barrister said...

@Ben - he HAS! I've made it before! The kiwi tarts! He is just...him.

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Hi BB, I love these. I never thought of combining these two ingredients, I love the spice of pumpkin and the moistness of the zucchini. This is a must try. My brother would do the same thing. Hope I get to meet you at the festival.
-Gina-

Monet said...

These do look moist! One of the things I love about pumpkin muffins is how incredibly moist they stay, even days after making them. Thank you for sharing...I'm can understand why your brother was thrilled. Job well done!

Sippity Sup said...

Pumpkins are good food whether they are "soup" or not. These muffins prove that , so I have to ask are you converted? GREG

es65 said...

Oh, they look delicious.... And with whipped cream!

Angie's Recipes said...

Pumpkin and zucchini in one muffin! That looks and sounds awesome.

Imwaytoobusy said...

These look fabulous! I haven't tried the pumpkin-zucchini combo yet. It definitely looks like a winner!

Stella said...

Pretty muffins, Baking Barrister! And it makes so much sense with the two gourds being together in one muffin (smile)...

Le said...

Wow these muffins look so good! I miss baking :(

Jason Phelps said...

I really doesn't get anymore fall than this!!!

I've got squash everywhere just ready for recipes. This one is rising to the top.

Jason

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I'm glad you've come around! *wink* This sounds like a perfect combination!

Magic of Spice said...

I like this combination of pumpkin and zucchini, the look delicious :)

riceandwheat said...

mmm this spells fall all over - love it! so, what's the result of the taste test? i mean, i have a pretty strong hunch but... you never know what those food scientists can do these days.

legallymarried said...

These look so delicious! I haven't had zucchini bread of any kind in ages - mouth is officially watering!

Mary said...

YUM! What a great combo!

Great blog!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Anonymous said...

I made these muffins yesterday ~ (minus the nuts)so delicious! Love your page, looking forward to trying more recipes! Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, yum. Just made these and they are awesome!!

-J said...

Mine are in the oven right now! I have a question though... they look a little flat, not as fluffy as yours. Did you measure the 1 cup of zucchini before or after squeezing the water out? I measured mine after.

Lauren said...

I made these for my office this morning, they are amazing! I also added a brown sugar glaze to the top just to give them a little more sweetness. Wonderful recipe, I will definitely be making again!

Anonymous said...

I made these last night for my kids lunches and they turned out great! I did modify the recipe a bit. I decreased the sugar to 1 cup and I decreased the nutmeg and cinnamon. I think I would decrease the nutmeg a bit more as I found it a bit too strong. My son is allergic to walnuts so I put in chocolate chips. Yummy. I love pumpkin and zucchini. I will def make these again.

Anonymous said...

Made these muffins last night and I have to say this is my new favorite recipe! They were so moist and so tasty! Made tons extra as gifts and was asked to make more!! My kids love them too!! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe, they turned out awesome!! I made these as mini muffins for my daughters snack day and just modified baking time to 10-12 mins. I think next time I would decrease the sugar to 1 cup and use 1/2 brown sugar. Thanks again, so yummy!!!

GrandmaH said...

I just made these tonight. I made mini muffins, add mini chocolate chips and some coconut to the mixture and oh my gosh. Thank you for a great recipe. They won't last long.

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