Sunday, October 4, 2009

Nanny's Pumpkin Muffins + Festival Preview

With a rainy morning, here in Cajun Country, I'm in the mood to bake something yummy, but not too high in calories. Here is one of my many favorite pumpkin recipes. It was my dear Godmother's recipe, so you know it's got to be good! Nanny loved to bake and it was her "gift", and she would delight everyone she knew with her delectable baked goods. Since I love all things pumpkin in the fall, I kinda go nuts and make them all. It's as if, suddenly, I can't get enough of this delicate, wonderful flavor, especially in desserts! Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake, pumpkin pancakes, and have you ever had pumpkin cheesecake? Oh cest bon, cher! Stay tuned for more pumpkin recipes.... and Happy Baking!!

Nanny's Pumpkin Muffins

1 - 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp.'s baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. each, ground cinnamon and nutmeg
a sprinkling of ground cloves
1/2 cup buttermilk or milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup melted butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins, (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Grease 12 muffin cups or use paper liners. Mix all ingredients, until just mixed. Fold in pecans and raisins and stir gently.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve with your favorite coffee or tea and enjoy! Of course, if you're not counting calories, you could add a little cream cheese frosting to these, just for an extra sweet touch. Makes 12 muffins.


The Lost Bayou Ramblers at Festival Acadiens

With Festival Acadiens et Creole only 4 days away, I'd like to give ya'll a little preview of The Lost Bayou Ramblers, one of my favorite bands that will be playing again, at this year's festival. (October 9-11) This video was taken a few years ago, but really captures the highly seasoned spirit of the Cajun music and people. Let the good times roll, cher!!! Crank it up, ya'll!


Living on the Spit said...

I also love anything pumpkin me, that is when Fall is best.

Stock up now, because I heard the cost of pumpkin will be going through the roof!!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

I'm so in love with pumpkins! Thanks for the tasty recipe. I actually posted some new ones on my blog this weekend too. I've been baking and cooking what's left in the cupboards before the move. I'm so glad you're enjoying these great fall festivals. I'll live vicariously through you for now!

Joanne said...

Sounds like you had a good morning for baking. Definitely the time of year for pumpkins, and is there anything better than those sweet baking aromas filling the house? Enjoy!

A Year on the Grill said...

great recipe, and you post the most fun things...

Midlife Jobhunter said...

This rainy day in Texas had me washing windows, if you can believe that. Covered from the storm, washed the last one. Figure I'm good for a couple years.

Pumpkin Muffins sound most appropriate for this time of year. I can smell the cinnamon and cloves.

ANULAL said...

That is something really nice! Pumpkins....I love them...

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I love pumpkin soup, and I'm a weirdo, I like pumpkin cheesecake but not pumpkin pie! I make pumpkin pie for everyone else, but the cheesecake's what I like. Your muffins look wonderful That's one of the great things about the cooler weather, we can fire up the ovens!

Kat said...

I love pumpkin pie! The muffins look great too. Will have to make them when the grands come.

Kat said...

P.S. Cajuns sure do love their music! That video had me stompin' my feet! We are headed to N.O. next weekend to see B.'s sister and family!

Jeni said...

Lovin' pumpkin everything, huh? Yep, I've had pumpkin cheesecake and it was/is awesome! I found a recipe a couple years back for a small (and easy -a prerequisite to my cooking, always) pumpkin cheesecake. Made this particular item one time and be darned if I've been able to locate the cookbook in which that recipe resides! Now that is a total bummer, ya know!

Marguerite said...

Marlene- You are right! Thanks for the heads up, cher.

Mandy- You're welcome and I love your pumpkin recipes, too. So glad you enjoy hearing about the festivals. Stay tuned!

Joanne- I love to bake when it rains. The aroma is the best part about baking, besides eating, of course.

Dave- Merci, cher! Your whole blog is fun, especially the last post.

Midlife- Glad you're done with that window job. That's reason to celebrate! Cheers!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Marguerite - I posted something the other day but it went into hyperspace - it was just that I would dearly love a pumpkin muffin but my main reason for the visit was to see you and whisper gently in your ear you all the nice things I am going to say to you in the Wizard of Oz- when I finally get round to writing it!! LOL See you soon, my sweetie!

Marguerite said...

ANULAL- I love pumpkins, too! Thanks for your nice comment and for stopping by.

Elizabeth- If loving pumpkin cheesecake makes a person a weirdo, then I guess I'm weird! lol I am going to post my pumpkin/praline cheesecake recipe, soon! Divine, cher!

Kat- Merci, cher. I hope you make them for the grands. So glad you liked the video. This band can really get you moving!

Jeni- Not to worry, cher, I'll be posting a good recipe for pumpkin cheesecake, soon. It will be good, I can promise you that!

Eddie- Don't worry about the last chapter of Oz, now. I know you are up to your eyeballs in roasts, right now. It's quite a cliff hanger, and I know that it will be fun, when-ever it is published!

Shammickite said...

Oh boy I love love love that Cajun music, and I bet those muffins are pretty good too!


hmmmm....all the wonderful homemade breads and muffins - pumpkin, squash, banana - with lots of pecans, of course! served very warm with lots of REAL butter! yummmm! great post, lady - always SO much fun coming HOME over here! have a wonderful remainder of a great louisiana day!