Pumpkin muffins

Even at Italy’s southern latitude, the regular annual festival of ‘trick or treat’ is becoming more widespread and appreciated, especially by children. Once in fancy dress they walk from house to house with their friends, in search of well-disposed adults who might give them a tasty little morsel to eat as they go. So it might be an idea to have a scrumptious snack ready for just such an eventuality, and to treat the cheeky little so-and-sos with a lovely pumpkin muffin. This is our top idea for Halloween: a little sweet muffin, with its wonderful combination of smell and taste. Are you ready to answer the bell with your muffins all beautifully wrapped? Follow our recipe today and you will get a truly remarkable result which will impress the whole neighbourhood and its pilgrimage of little ‘trick or treaters’.


60 minutes Total time
30 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Soften the pumpkin in a saucepan with a little water on a low heat for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, beat the butter with the sugar until creamy white. Then add the honey and the egg and work it all together well. When the pumpkin is ready, mash it into a pulp and wait for it to cool a little. Then add it to the butter and sugar mixture with a pinch of salt and the spices and mix well. Break the amaretti coarsely and add to the mixture. Butter 8 muffin moulds and sprinkle them with breadcrumbs, fill them to 3/4 capacity with the dough, and bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.

Do you want to give an extra touch of taste to this muffin for the children with a more adventurous palate? You could add a little fresh goat’s cheese to the dough.
Muffins are originally from England and, as well as the sweet versions, there are also savoury varieties.

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