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Spiced pumpkin scary muffins

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley

Scares and spice combine to give you a Halloween treat that will have you and the kids gobbling them up before your guests arrive.

Halloween recipes ... Spiced pumpkin scary muffins
Halloween recipes ... Spiced pumpkin scary muffins Photo: Danielle Colley

Ingredients

For muffins:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup natural yoghurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup of roast, mashed pumpkin
  • 2 eggs

For icing:

  • 100 g butter, room temperature
  • 120g cream cheese, cold
  • 100g icing sugar
  • zest of ½ orange
  • icing kit

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line your muffin tray with muffin patty cases, or I used baking paper this time as I could only find jolly muffin cases. Jolly would not do for these scary muffins!

Put your flour, baking powder, and spices into a large bowl and whisk together well with a whisk to aerate the flour.

Place your molasses and butter into a saucepan and melt together. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl whisk together your eggs, yoghurt and milk. When they are mixed well add your pumpkin and stir to combine. Add your butter mix to your wet mix.

Make a well in your dry mix and add your wet mix and stir well until all combined.

Spoon into your muffin cases and pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 

Remove from oven and put on a wire rack to cool. They must be completely cool before you ice them. I recommend they go in the fridge for a bit.

To make your icing mix together the butter and icing sugar until completely combined. Add your cream cheese and orange zest and mix continuously for about 6-7 minutes until light and fluffy.

Put a dollop on each muffin and smooth it over the top. Pop into the fridge for 15 minutes so it hardens a little to make the delicate work easier. 

With a slow and steady head use your icing kit to create your scary skeleton faces, or spider webs.

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Course:
Dessert

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