Let's play a little game of word association. When I say "fall" (as in the season) what comes to mind? I immediately think of changing leaves, sweaters, and pumpkin baked goods. Oh how I love pumpkin baked goods. Before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease I would make loaves and loaves of pumpkin bread every year. In college my roommates would devour a loaf within minutes.
Since I've been gluten-free, I haven't eaten any pumpkin bread. None. And every year when fall comes around I'm always upset that I can't make it. Or, I can't eat it. But, as you've probably noticed, so far this fall I've been on a major gluten-free baking kick.
Ever since I made those Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins a few weeks ago I've been wanting to use Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix in another recipe. I've been dying to make pumpkin bread, so I figured why not use the mix and see how it works.
Sadly enough I couldn't find my original pumpkin bread recipe from college, so I ended up amending the Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin recipe and making pumpkin muffins. I really couldn't have been happier with the result. Not only were they delicious, you would never be able to tell they were gluten-free (and I have testament from one of my college roommates, who ate a muffin last night). From now on I'm going to be an evangelist for Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix. Every gluten-free baker (or at least beginner baker) should have a package of this in their pantry. I bought mine at Whole Foods.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins
1 & 3/4 cup Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix
1/4 cup organic melted butter
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup organic white sugar
1 organic egg
1 cup pure pumpkin (I used Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350º. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl and blend together (I used an electric hand mixer). Gently scoop the batter into cupcake liners in the muffin tin. Fill batter almost to the top leaving a little space for the muffins to rise.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Make sure to test with a knife or a toothpick to make sure they are cooked through.
You could easily make a loaf of bread instead of muffins using this exact same recipe, although the cooking time may be slightly different.
I can assure you my apartment will be filled with the delicious smell of pumpkin muffins or bread throughout the entire fall. It's been three years, people!
Two more things. First, I forgot to wish you a happy National Celiac Awareness Day last Thursday. And second, I have to share this picture I took at the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg yesterday. Love it.