These are literally the best pumpkin muffin
s I've ever tasted. I have made them many times and they are always a hit; they have loads of ingredients but are nevertheless simple to make. Use these as an alternative to straight-out sugary snacks for Halloween
hand-outs, or use them in a Samhain
party, ritual, or celebration!
In small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale. Beat in eggs and buttermilk until well-blended. Add flour mixture to form a batter. Preheat oven to 375ºF. In medium bowl, mix pumpkin, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves until well-blended. Stir into the batter. Ladle batter into 12 2 ½-inch greased muffin cups and bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then cool on rack.
Yield: 1 dozen
Source: Paraphrased from Dunwich, The Pagan Book of Halloween
Use for: Samhain