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Pumpkin and Apple Muffins

If there was ever a recipe that screamed autumn in a mouthful, then this is it! Delicious and fruity, and an absolute favourite as an after school treat when everyone is just a little bit ‘Hangry’.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, muffin, pumpkin, vegetarian
Servings: 12 muffins


  • 1 muffin tray
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon


  • 125 g unsalted butter melted
  • 180 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 325 g self-raising flour
  • 1 One pumpkin for puree – we use a red kabocha type when baking. You will need 300g of pumpkin puree for this recipe
  • 1 large handful blackberries
  • 1 apple peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • brown sugar


  • Pre-heat the oven to 170C
  • Begin by lining a muffin tray with 12 cases or, like us, use a silicon muffin tray.
  • Next up make the pumpkin puree. Slice the pumpkin in half and place the two halves flesh down, skin up, in a roasting tin. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven and leave to cool a little before scooping out the flesh from the skin, discarding the seeds. Using a fork, mash the pumpkin into a smooth, puree consistency. You could also use a food mixer to blitz it up, but a fork is a lot less washing! You will only need 300g of pumpkin for this recipe but any left over can be added to soup or other bakes.
    1 One pumpkin
  • Now for the batter! Mix together the melted butter and caster sugar in a bowl using a wooden spoon.
    125 g unsalted butter, 180 g caster sugar
  • Add in the pumpkin puree and eggs and fold in the flour until no dry flour remains.
    3 eggs, 325 g self-raising flour
  • Finish by stirring in a good handful of blackberries.
    1 large handful blackberries
  • Divide the mixture between the 12 cases or silcone tray. Top each muffin with a thin slice of apple and a sprinkling of brown sugar.
    1 apple, brown sugar
  • Bake in the 170C pre-heated oven for 30 – 35 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Now watch while they disappear from cooling rack and and smiles appear on once hangry faces!