I started my Saturday by making some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. I have become a big fan of using boxed cake mixes for some yummy sweets and treats. Growing up, all things "sweet" were made by scratch. My Mother only used a boxed mix for one Cake Recipe, which is a Devil's Food Cake Mix with Chocolate Ice Cream added to it. It was/is the Bomb! She finished the cake off with a cooked Icing....it was a family favorite cake and frequently requested by many when we had dinners and gatherings.
Today's Recipe is simple and easy...
One Yellow Cake Mix
One Large Can of Pumpkin or 2 Cups of Fresh Pumpkin
1/4 Cup Of Canola Oil
3/4 Bag Of Chocolate Chips
Mix Pumpkin and Cake Mix together
Add the Canola Oil
Fold in Chocolate Chips
Spray a muffin pan and fill pan 3/4 full
Bake at 350 for 20 mins
My fresh pumpkin was frozen and thawed, to which I did not drain my pumpkin before mixing it into the cake mix. By not draining the pumpkin, the natural juices gave the right amount of moisture needed for a good texture for a muffin batter. *I no longer cook/steam my fresh pumpkin for my favorite recipes. I bake it. I have found baking the pumpkin keeps the pumpkin true to taste and not bland, more firm in texture and there is no loss of the natural juices. Simply place a clean pumpkin on a cookie sheet, bake at 300 degrees until the pumpkin is soft when inserting a butter knife. Remove and cut down the middle of the pumpkin and peal the skin away. Be careful, the pumpkin will be very hot, but its easier to peel the skin away and seal in the juices while the pumpkin is still hot. Place pumpkin into a glass bowl until cool and divide into containers for freezing or store in an air tight container up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
I was able to get 6 Jumbo Muffins with this mix...
Notice the plate only has 5 muffins on it :))
And the coffee, was my second cup...
The coffee mug is my FAVORITE! I purchased this mug several years ago during one of my many trips to Florida while we were out and about near Port St Johns. We happened to stumble onto some quaint shops where I found this awesome mug..! As you can see, its been with me for a long while and I plan on having my coffee from it for many years to come.....
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend, my friends!