I get so incredibly excited each time I find a recipe that is so fantastic I know I’ll make it, quite literally, for life. Today’s recipe – Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins from the November 2010 issue of Everyday Food – is one of those recipes.
The recipe isn’t on the Everyday Food site yet, so here it is:
Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
Active time: 20 min. | Total time: 1 hr.
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree (from a 15-ounce can)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
Sugar Coating Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 12 standard muffin cups. Make batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and allspice. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin purée. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions pumpkin mixture, and beat to combine.
Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each muffin cup and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Let muffins cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Working with one at a time, brush all over with butter, then toss to coat in sugar mixture. Let muffins cool completely on wire rack. (Store in an airtight container, up to 1 day.)
Note: Freeze muffins up to 3 months. Reheat in a 350°F oven, then coat in butter and sugar.
High-altitude adjustments: I’m not sure I actually needed to make these changes since this was the first time I made this recipe, but I went with my high-altitude baker’s intuition. I’m so pleased with the results that I will make these changes again next time.
- I added 1 tablespoon of flour to the batter (3 cups plus 1 tablespoon total).
- I cut the baking powder by 1/4 teaspoon (2 1/4 teaspoons total).
- I used a scant 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda instead of a full 1/4 teaspoon.
The interior of the muffin had a mild pumpkin flavor and wasn’t overly sweet. The texture was light, airy, and moist with a beautiful crumb. They were a bit more cake-like than a traditional muffin, I think. The cinnamon-sugar coating was absolutely divine, and the amount of sugar and spice on the outside was a perfect complement to the inside of the muffin. In short, they were amazing. I have visions of feeding these to houseguests, lounging with them on Sunday mornings, and bringing them to brunches year after year.
I swear, these are the best muffins I’ve ever made. In support of this theory, another doctor at my husband’s office lightheartedly suggested he might marry me after sampling them. They’re THAT good. Give them a try!
TIPS: When I need to bring an amount of butter to room temperature quickly and I don’t want to risk overdoing it in the microwave, I thinly slice the butter and let it sit on a cutting board. In five minutes or so, it’s ready to go. Also, I always use room-temperature eggs when I bake. To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, I put them in a container of lukewarm water for three to five minutes.