Willing Fall to Arrive

The hot weather was killing me. Destroying me. None of my summer clothes fit because I went on an all you can eat 7 day cruise. Then, miraculously, the weather seems to have changed overnight. It feels like fall. The air is crisp. So of course, I buy mums and bake. Yea, Fall! I know this is just a tease. It isn’t even labor day yet. But, let me enjoy it. Fall is the reason I love New England. It’s a shame that fall always has to lead to winter. I wonder if there is a place on earth where it feels like fall all the time? But it’s not just the temperature, it’s the leaves, it’s the anticipation of my favorite autumn holidays, it’s hot apple cider and stew making. So, in honor of the almost but not quite fall weather, I made sweet potato muffins this weekend.

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Sweet Potato Muffins

Serves/Makes: 1.5 dozen (I doubled the recipe and it made 24 muffins)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup uncooked oats
1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed sweet potato or canned pumpkin
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

***TOPPING***
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients, add moist ingredients. Stir until just moistened; do not overmix.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full. Sprinkle with topping.
Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.

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4 Responses to Willing Fall to Arrive

  1. Jen says:

    OMG, I love those muffins!

  2. andrea says:

    mmmmmm, i’ll have to give these a try. i love anything sweet potato or pumpkin and i still have some fresh pumpkin (well it’s frozen, but still better then canned!) every year i buy a pumpkin just to bake it so that i don’t have to buy canned stuff, the house smells so yummy too!
    i actually felt the weather letting up here a bit yesterday, hope it wasn’t just my imagination, i’m ready for some cooler weather!

  3. Camille says:

    I have always loved fall, too, but since moving to Canada I’ve been totally depressed that it will always lead in to winter. Freaking brrr.

    • jenngator222 says:

      It gets pretty cold here, compared to my native Florida, but I can’t even imagine how cold it is where you live! We went to Alaska this summer, and were dying to move there. It’s so beautiful in the summer, but I am not sure I could take the winters!

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