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Butternut Squash Muffins with a Frosty Top

butternut squash muffins

Do you like carrot cake? I do. If you like it as well, you will definitely love these butternut squash muffins. They are sweet, moist and a perfect treat on a snowy day. Yes, it’s snowing here. Our street was all white this morning. I hope that it will last and that the snow won’t turn into brown mud in the afternoon. Unfortunately snow is not always nice in the city.

I have taken two days off work, which puts me into a total Christmas mood. This afternoon I will defintely start baking Christmas cookies.

I love how our weekly vegetable delivery has turned all winterly: brussels sprouts, cabbage and SQUASH! I have turned into a total squash lover lately. My favourites include these muffins, squash soup with coconut milk and warm squash and kale salad with nuts. Things on my list: butternut burritos and butternut pasta.

Look at the beautiful colour of this butternut!

butternut squash halves

butternut squash crushed

I have rediscovered my cookbook “jamie at home” by Jamie Oliver. All the recipes are ordered by seasons. Great book with beautiful photography.

Recipe from the book “jamie at home” by Jamie Oliver

What you need for 12 muffins:

  • 400g butternut squash, skin on and finely chopped (blender)
  • 350g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g wholemeal flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 handful of chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 175 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • For the frosting:

  • orange zest from one orange
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 100g sour cream
  • 200g tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and vanilla extract scraped out
  • For decoration and final twist: sea salt, lavender flowers or rose petals

  • Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Prepare a muffin tin with paper cups
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the muffin ingredients
  • Fill the muffin cups with the mixture
  • Put in the oven for about 25 minutes
  • Allow the muffins to cool down
  • Meanwhile whisk together all the ingredients for the icing
  • You might need to adjust the amount of lemon juice/icing sugar for a perfect icing texture
  • Scoop the icing on the muffins
  • For a final twist, sprinkle some sea salt and flower petals on top
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    quick walnut bread with roasted eggplant spread close up

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    Soba Noodles with Broccoli Pesto

    Soba noodles with broccoli pesto

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    Crunchy Quinoa & Cabbage Salad

    crunchy quinoa cabbage salad with forks

    I have been struggling with a cold the past week and now Philipp is not feeling well this weekend. We both need some food that gives us energy: quinoa and vegetables.

    We had a beautiful pointed cabbage in our veg box on friday (see picture). Pointed cabbage has softer leaves and tastes slightly sweeter than white cabbage. I really like it. However due to the cold weather our box has only been sparely filled over the winter months.

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    Carrot Bundt Cake

    carrot cake

    carrot cake close up

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