Pepitas put to good use

It was but a few weeks ago that I found out that pepitas are nothing but pumpkin seeds. It was, however, with sheer dismay that I noted that no-one was even slightly curious what ingredient list it was, that I was reading. Not even the most astute and discerning of my readers wanted to know.

So even though there was not quite the stampede that I was expecting and far be it from me to hide or hoard wonderful heart-warming recipes, here it is: savory Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins, with the goodness of pumpkin and pepitas, roasted peppers and sharp cheddar cheese. They are delicious with tea or with soup or even chili.

Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins


  • For the Streusel Topping
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp red chilli powder, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup roasted salted pepitas
  • For the Muffins:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 and 1/2 baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup mashed cooked pumpkin
  • 2 roasted poblano peppers, peeled, seeded and finely diced, or
    1/4 cup chopped canned green chiles
  • Cooking Spray


  1. Preheat your oven to 400F
  2. Prepare the streusel by combining butter and flour (with a pastry blender or not) until it is crumbly. Add cheese, brown sugar and red chilli powder. Stir in the yummy shelled pepitas.
  3. Combine flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.
  4. Combine egg, buttermilk, sugar, butter and pumpkin in another bowl ad whisk well.
  5. Pour this into the flour mixture.
  6. Add poblano peppers and stire gently
  7. Spray a 12 cup muffic tray with cooking spray
  8. Line muffin tray with cupake liners.
  9. Spoon muffin mixture into each cup.
  10. Sprinkle streusel topping over each muffin.
  11. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes and serve warm with a warm cup of tea! Bliss!


Notes:
  • I used canned pumpkin and canned chiles. The canned chiles were rather mild so I used some pepper jack cheese instead of the extra-sharp cheddar cheese.
  • I couldn't find my muffin tray so I made these in my mini-muffin tray. They would have been much better as muffins than mini-muffins. Although being bite-sized was not a bad thing, they would have been more moist if they had been regular size muffins.
  • I wondered whether I should substitute butter as well as the egg yolk but really 4 tbsp butter and 1 egg yolk are not that damning, especially across 24 mini-muffins (or 12 muffins). So I didn't bother.

This is great recipe to use all that glorious orangeness that comes our way this season. We really loved it!

Recipe courtesy of Relish, a cooking pull-out that makes it appearance from time to time with our local newspaper.

For an appetizing array of pumpkin recipes, check out Kalyn's post on BlogHer.

13 comments:

Anita said...

This does indeed look like a great recipe! Now what can I replace the pepitas with?! Oh charemagaz, of course!

I am truly drooling - savoury muffins get my vote!

TheCooker said...

Clever hover tooltips!

Manisha said...

Anita, as long as it isn't my magaz, use whatever you want! (Ok, sad joke!)

I looked up Charmagaz and it is a blend of almonds, pepitas, cantaloupe seeds and watermelon seeds. Go for it!


TC, aha! What were you expecting, hmm?! ;-)

Nags said...

this is a truly unique recipe. the muffins look fun!!

Manisha said...

Nags, so do you think I can send it to you for WBB? It has stone-ground cornmeal, which if you stretch your imagination hard enough, is like tiny flakes of corn. Cornflakes! ;-)

Anita said...

Wrong!
Not almonds - but cucumber seeds. It is supposed to be no almonds -no matter what all the web sources may say!

Need your magaz for other things...so it will stay safe - from me at least!

Anita said...

Dang...I ate some of that comment as I overwrote

"...supposed to be a poor man's 'nut-mix' - therefore, no almonds."

Manisha said...

Aai ga! This is like taking an exam I tell you! I am almost tempted to hide my knuckles behind my back!

I have no clue what charmagaz is - and Google insisted it was charmagaz and not charemagaz.

I'm think I will hide my hands behind my back!
:-D

Srivalli said...

they look very tempting manisha...great

Nabeela said...

You two are certainly a pair...you know who I'm talking about! ;)
So where's the chili recipe? You two dangle recipes in front of us and then play hide and seek...NOT FAIR, I tell you! :)

sunita said...

Those muffins look so warm and inviting...love the recipe.

musical said...

Blasphemy alert: why do i think i can try totally savory mufins with this recipe ;). the chile powder is giving me ideas :-D. and i can see i have company in Anita :).

KayKat said...

Scraping out the seeds and roasting them is one of my favorite parts of pumpkin carving! And now you've given me a new reason for wanting to scrounge them out of the pumpkins :)