Pumpkin Nutella Muffins

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On this day last year: Caramel Delight Chocolate Covered Pretzels (2012)

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Well, I think it is safe to say I have found my new favorite muffin recipe!

I had to bake something for a birthday party recently, so in a very typical fashion, I found myself trolling the internet looking for some cooking inspiration.

That’s when I stumbled upon these pumpkin Nutella muffins, and Woah, they are a game changer!

I have baked and cooked with pumpkin numerous times. Pumpkin  is an extremely versatile ingredient, pairing well with sweet tones as well as savory!

Want to see for yourself? Check out my Pumpkin Spice Bread with Streusel Topping or these Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts.  Not interested in baked goods or sweets? Check out this Vegan Pumpkin Curry or my Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Roasted Rosemary!  Seriously, like I said, pumpkin is versatile!

While I am well acquainted with pumpkin, Nutella is somewhat of a different story.

Some people consider Nutella a critical part of the food pyramid foundation. All signs (such as the chocolate section of my recipe page and my absurdly large sweet tooth) should point me to being on of those Nutella fanatic people, but for some reason I have never been a big Nutella user.

That might have just changed.

In the last three weeks, I have made six batches of these muffins. Wooooops.

In my defense however, I was doing some experimenting!  I tried baking these mufffis with entirely white all-purpose flour, a combination of flours, all the way down the the other end of the spectrum, with entirely whole wheat flour.   I found that all forms of flour combinations worked wonderfully with this recipe! The muffins stay moist and rich in flavor, and the texture differences were not noticeable.  Thus, if you want to lean towards the healthier side, or if you have gluten free needs, feel free to substitute your flour out for something that works for you!

It turns out, pumpkin and Nutella are a match made in heaven.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 1/3 cups flour* (all-purpose, whole wheat, gluten free, or any combination of those will work!)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • Nutella

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400˚F, and line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. (Feel free to sub in Pumpkin Pie Spice for the other spices if needed).
  3. Once mixed, add the remaining ingredients, stirring until blended, and then fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  4. Drop a teaspoon (give or take) of Nutella onto the top of each muffin, and swirl in with a toothpick.
  5. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin can be removed clean. (There may be some hot Nutella, which is fine.  You do not want wet batter!)

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Yield: 36 muffins (Feel free to half the recipe if desired!)
  • Source: Your Cup of Cake
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious recipes from A Rented Kitchen (Recipe links below photos!)

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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On this day last year: Mini Okra Frittata Cups (2012)

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GUYS. Yesterday was the first official day of fall- September 23rd.

It has been circled on my calendar for weeks now, because fall is a beautiful, wonderful, delicious season.

Welcome to it.

In celebration of fall, I thought it only appropriate to share this incredibly scrumptious sweet potato pancakes. If you like pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, sweet potato biscuits, or anything delicious, you’ll love these.

Dig in, do your happy dance, enjoy every bite, and celebrate- because it is the start of a new season, and new starts are always good.

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Cup sweet potato puree
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Chocolate Chips (as many as you want!)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the first five ingredients- flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients- egg, milk, brown sugar, and sweet potato puree.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well mixed.
  4. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, dole out batter onto the skillet, and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!: 

  • Source: Weelicious
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other delicious A Rented Kitchen Pancake recipes! Guaranteed to make your mornings better. (Recipe links found below photos!):

Blueberry Bunt Cake

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On this day last year: Homemade Pigs in a Blanket (2013)

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Some people are culinary saints- those who have gone before us and paved the way with delicious holiday treats, birthday cakes, kitchen secrets, and recipe cards so worn down you need a magnifying glass to read them.

There are a lot of culinary saints in my life. People who have taught me their ways and passed down their kitchen secrets- all of whom I am so very grateful for.

This recipe is one of those inherited from a saint. When my family moved to Kansas City, in the dead of winter, from warm sunny Florida, this cake showed up on our door. It was baked by a woman in our church who is known for her skills in the kitchen, and whom we have been eternally grateful for ever since.

Moving states is hard. Moving to Kansas from sunny Florida is harder. Moving as a middle schooler is the hardest. Eating delicious cake is not hard.

Therefore, this recipe goes out to all of those culinary saints- the people who have shared their time, energy, recipes, and coffee cakes to neighbors, friends, family, and strangers. This world is better for it.

And if you think you have the world’s best coffee cake recipe, and you haven’t tried putting blue berries, cinnamon, and sour cream in it- try, try again. I know sour cream may sound strange, but this cake is so moist and light that you will have a haaaard time stepping away from it. Just trust me on this one.

Love, a rented kitchen

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Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all purpose four OR cake flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and dusted with flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting the top

Filling Ingredients:

  • ½ brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup nuts- chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Thoroughly grease and flour a bunt pan or tube pan.*
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar. Add the eggs, and then fold in the sour cream and vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped nuts, and set aside.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the bottom of the pan, and then sprinkle half of the brown sugar filling over top.
  7. Add another 1/3 of the cake batter to the pan, and top with the remaining half of the brown sugar filling.
  8. Pour the remaining 1/3 cake batter into the pan, and using a knife, gently swirl the brown sugar filling and batter together.
  9. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until light brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool in the pan. Once cool, sift powdered sugar over the top, serve, and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • To flour a bund pan, sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of white flour along the bottom of the greased pan, and shake the pan around until all sides have a thin coat of flour. This will help the cake slide out of the pan easier once cooked.
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious bread options from A Rented Kitchen (recipe links below photos!):

 

Blood Orange and Blackberry Scones

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This time last year: Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (2012)

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I have always been a muffin girl. Take me to a coffee shop, or a fancy grocery store with a bakery case, and I will likely walk out with a muffin. It’s embarrassing.

You really shouldn’t take me anywhere.

Despite my deep love for muffins, I, for some reason, have never been a big scone fan! (that doesn’t even make sense!). That is, until recently.

My experience with scones from early on was not preferable. I must have had a few really terrible and dry scones early on, because I managed to steer clear of scones for years- something I now strongly regret.

It was my mom that finally inspired me to give scones a second chance, because my mother favors scones like I favor muffins….a ridiculous amount. Thus, I got over my nonsensical scone discrimination, tried my hand at a few recipes, and now can’t get enough of them!

These blood orange and blackberry scones might be my new favorite scone recipe. They are too good to be true, and perfectly seasonal! Pull out the flour, because it’s time to start cooking.

Lots of love,

A Rented Kitchen

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Scone Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Zest of one large blood orange, or two medium blood oranges
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, chilled
  • ¾ cup blackberries

Orange Glaze Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice from previous blood oranges

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until blended; set aside.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg and the sour cream until smooth; set aside.
  4. In a large measuring cup, stir together the sugar and orange zest until the sugar is moist and the zest is evenly mixed in.
  5. Add the sugar mix to the flour and toss to combine. Once thoroughly mixed, cut or grate the chilled butter into the flour mixture, using your hands to work the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
  6. Gently stir in the sour cream mixture until a dough consistency is formed.
  7. Gently fold the blackberries in (they will likely break up, and that is ok!), and form a dough ball. You do not want to over work the dough- it should be sticky but firm as you form it. If it is too sticky to manage, sprinkle additional flour over the top and work in.
  8. Once formed place the dough on a clean, dry, and lightly floured surface, and pat into an 8” inch circle. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into eight triangles, and transfer each triangle to the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 15- 17 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by whisking together the ingredients in a small bowl.
  10. Once the scones have cooled, generously drizzle the tops with glaze. Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Adapted From: Sprinkle Some Sugar 
  • Yield: 8 scones
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Pesto Parmesan Scones

On this day last year: Let’s Taco’bout it!: Island Tacos (2013)

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My mom loves scones a lot. A lot, a lot. I do not think I know a single individual that loves scones as much as that wonderful woman.

Whenever we end up in a coffee shop together, one of us always walks away with a scone, because my mother claims coffee just demands for a little something else! I don’t hate the way she thinks 🙂

I have fond memories of spending afternoons running errands together when I was young, climbing in and out of our mini van, scooting around town on Saturday afternoons. Just as my brother and I would start to grow weary, and most likely a little fussy, she would suggest, in a whisper- as if it was a new idea or something we’d never done before, that we stop somewhere and get a little snack! Nathan and I would lean forward, nod our tired little heads, and we would pull into the closest Panera. Moments later, we would leave with two hot chocolates, a coffee, and a few scones in hand- much happier campers.

Fast forward several years, and I’d like to dedicate this post to her. I have two other scone recipes posted, but both happen to be sweet. Thus, I thought it was time I post a more savory bread recipe.

I hope you like it as much as we did!

With love, and warm memories,

– A rented kitchen

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cups cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Melted butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425˚F. Spray a baking sheet with a thin layer of nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients, stirring until well combined.
  3. Add the butter, mixing in with either your fingers, a fork, or a pastry blender, until the butter forms coarse crumbs.
  4. Add the buttermilk, parmesan, and pesto. Stir the ingredients in, until a dough forms. Then use your hands to truly bring the dough together.
  5. Transfer the dough to a clean, dry, and lightly floured surface. Kneed for a few minutes and then divide into two circles.
  6. Pat the two dough circles into 7-inch circles. Cut each circle into 6 or 8 triangles, transfer the triangles to the baking sheet, and brush with a light layer of butter.
  7. Cook the scones for 12-14 minutes* or until light brown.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Yield: About 12 scones (more if you cut them on the smaller side!)
  • If cooking wedges, bake for 12-14 minutes as listed. If cooking roughts or square scones, decrease cook time to 9-11 minutes.
  • Source: How Sweet Treats
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