This is the annual post where I talk about how much I don’t like squash or root vegetables and then incorporate it into a recipe (the eve of the fall equinox seemed appropriate). You know, just like I did with these carrot cupakes , pumpkin oatmeal cookies, pumpkin blondies, and zucchini brownies.
I’m nothing if not consistent.
This year I’ve chosen butternut squash as my quarry. To be fair, I actually like butternut squash. Especially in savory dishes like lasagna and ravioli.
I should have a good story about adding in the chai, but I don’t. It just seemed like a complimentary set of flavors.
Somewhere I read that if you put uncooked rice in the bottom of your muffin cups it will absorb some of the grease that appears on the papers. It wasn’t life changing, but it did work pretty well.
I was cruising the bulk aisle in our local Sprouts, spied some roasted, salted pepitas and thought it would be fun to sprinkle some on top. It wasn’t until later that it occurred to me that putting pumpkin seeds on top of butternut squash muffins might be construed as false advertising.
You know, it’s all gourd with me.
TD said these were like “fall in his mouth.” Of course this was then followed by an un-printable list of other things he said he’d like to put in his mouth and book ended with “if you know what I mean.” Yes, I’m married to a 12 year old. But, you knew that already.
Happy autumnal equinox!
Chai Butternut Squash Muffins
adapted from Food and Wine
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon crushed chai tea (from 3 bags)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 C sugar
- 1C butternut squash puree (make your own or buy it canned)
- 1 1/3 C all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Roasted and salted pepitas or nuts of your choice
- Preheat the oven to 350°, line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the chai tea.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar, butternut squash puree and chai butter until smooth. Whisk in the flour, baking soda and salt until incorporated.
- Scoop the batter into the muffin cups and top with the pepitas.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Transfer the muffins to a rack to cool completely before serving.