Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Reprise -- Butternut Squash Muffins with A Frosty Top

This was originally posted on October 24, 2008.   My first Fall of blogging!     I've made the muffins every fall since then and for my Chef demonstration at the Farmer's Market this year, I made a hundred of them in mini muffin size!

These are really good unfrosted for breakfast or frosted for afternoon tea.    And they make a nice dessert as well.

It's always nice to find a recipe that "wears well" -- not all of them do.

It's Sunday and I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites!

I love cookbooks and have too many of them. Some I never use and others there is one -- just one -- recipe that I use. At Borders last weekend, I found in the cookbook section, Jamie At Home, a cookbook AND a garden book. A combinaton that I love!

But it also came with a $35.00 price tag which, in my opinion, is a bit pricey for a casual cookbook buy.

However, one of the recipes intrigued me -- a butternut squash muffin with olive oil for the fat. What is a cook to do?
I made the muffins this week. The recipe makes 24 nice muffins. Actually, they're more cupcakes because of the amount of sugar in them and the frosty top. But they are healthy for they have butternut squash in them!
The frosty top is sour cream and powdered sugar and zest. Decorated with lavender from the garden and zest.

They certainly are a muffin worth keeping.

Did I buy the book? No, I shamelessly copied the recipe on a very small envelope -- the only thing I had to write on in my purse! The recipe, as written on that envelope.

Butternut Squash Muffins With A Frosty Top

14 oz. butternut deseeded and roughly chopped
2 1/2 c. light brown sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
2 heaping t. baking powder
handful walnuts
1 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. olive oil

zest 1 Clementine
Zest 1 lemon, juice 1/2 lemon
2 heaped T. powdered sugar
1/2 c. sour cream

Oven 350. Squash in processor. Add all ingredients and whiz. Bake 20-25 min.

Place all ing in bowl and mix well--taste and adjust. Spoon over cakes. Decorate with zest and dried lavender flowers.

Note: I did bake the squash before adding to the food processor.


Pondside said...

I sounds yummy! I love a spicy muffin with a sweet topping.

acorn hollow said...

they sound wonderful i have a butternut squash just waiting to be used.

Southerncook said...

These look sooooooooo delicious.I don't often cook with Butternut Squash but I think these are calling my name.


Pat said...

You have just solved my dilemma as to what I can make for our Quilt History Study Group potluck next week! And I have all the ingredients on hand except for the clementines...We had a nice butternut squash garden harvest - perfect!

Thank you for sharing.

Cass @ That Old House said...

I do love your definition of healthy. I think I may have to develop a butternut squash ice cream to go with the muffins. :-)

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