Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Knitting!!

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

I've been knitting a LOT recently, it's the most relaxing hobby for this time of the year. I can be found clacking needles in front of a roaring fire with half an eye on the television and the other on which row I'm on. 

It gives your brain a real work out though and I find that I get the munchies...it doesn't take long for my hungry brain to imagine steaming cups of coffee and some tasty, chocolatey muffins!  

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com 

I have fallen in love with this particular free knitting pattern, it's called the Swirled Ski Cap from the Craft Yarn Council and it is surprisingly easy and soooo pretty. 

It's basically a knitted parallelogram that when sewn up, gives this beautiful, buttercream swirl which can be topped off with a fun pom pom. I haven knitted it twice so far experimenting with different yarns and colours. This is my favourite combination, it matches a cowl I knitted late last year, I added the pink blanket stitch to the cowl to make them a matching set. They both stylish and extremely warm for these wintry days.


A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com


The muffins are a sweet treat that I just love, they are soft and delicious, the perfect accompaniment to any hot drink, the dark chocolate is a lovely contrast to the sweet earthy flavour of the squash. They are very easy to make and bake in no time at all. Enjoy them at any time of the day but especially if you are knitting away into the cold winter evenings :)

Makes 24 -26

Ingredients
440g Pumpkin or Butternut Squash, cooked until tender and mashed
4 Large eggs
375g Caster sugar
375ml Vegetable oil
345g Plain flour
2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
300g Dark chocolate chips

Method
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 line two 12 hole muffin trays with paper cases.

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Place the cooked and cooled mashed pumpkin/butternut squash into a large mixing bowl.

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Add the the eggs, sugar and the vegetable oil to the pumpkin/ butternut squash. 

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Give the mixture a really good stir to combine the eggs and sugar with the squash. 

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Weigh out the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon and the salt in a separate bowl, mix together.  

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined -be gentle here - too much stirring at this stage means your muffins will be tough and chewy. 

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Add the chocolate chips and fold into the mixture. 

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

This is the best tip I have ever got when it comes to dividing muffin batter, use an ice-cream scoop -the best scoop is the one you see in restaurants for scooping potatoes - the muffins are all evenly sized and you will get the most from your batter.   

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Three quarter fill each paper case and place the two trays in the preheated oven, swap half way through. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the muffins are golden and risen in the middle.

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

They should spring back when gently pressed in the middle, if they don't give them another 3-4 minutes in the oven. Cool on a wire rack.

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

Recipe adapted from Marg from the Food.com 

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