Monday, September 24, 2012

Apricot Pumpkin Muffins #MuffinMonday

The news is getting out so I might as well tell the world here.  It hasn’t even been a year and we are moving again!  We have loved Cairo and would happily stay here for many more years but my dear husband got a job offer that was too good to refuse and we are loading up the camels and heading to Dubai.

We travel light!  Yeah. Right.  Don't I wish!

The United Arab Emirates was our very first long term (read: more than just a few months) posting after we got married so it sort of feels like coming home.  That said, I am fully expecting not to recognize anything though because, by all accounts, Dubai has grown and changed enormously, even in the last few years.  I have been house hunting online today and reading all about the marvelous grocery stores and, as much as I will miss Cairo and the people here (and our lovely home) I am starting to get just a little excited about the move.  Kind of like being pregnant and excited about the baby, while dreading the actual labor, which is the painful process of packing and unpacking in this analogy.  I hate moving.  But I love baking muffins.  So let’s just do that today instead.

This week's muffins are from Celebrating Quick Breads and Pastries and were originally an orange pumpkin muffin with some walnuts for topping.  You know I had to put some walnuts inside as well and I decided that chewy bits of apricot would be better than orange.  I don’t know if I am right about better, but they sure were delicious.

Ingredients for about 16 muffins
1 1/2 cups or 190g flour
3/4 cup or 170g sugar
1/2 cup or 100g firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or 50g walnuts plus extra walnut halves for garnish before baking
8 dried apricots
1 egg
1/4 cup or 60ml canola oil
1 1/2 cups or 180ml canned pumpkin

Grease your muffin pans or line with paper baking cups.  Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C.

In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Chop your apricots and walnuts and add them to the dry ingredients.

Use a couple of forks or your fingers to separate the apricot pieces from each other if they are sticking together.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs and oil with the pumpkin.   Beat until well blended.

Fold the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Spoon or scoop the batter into prepared pans filling each cup two thirds full.  Top each with half a walnut.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from pans, serve warm or cool on wire rack.

Now wasn’t that more fun than moving house?!



  1. Dubai has changed significantly over the last few years, good luck with the move, Stacy!
    Apricots and pumpkin is an unexplored territory for me! It sounds delicious and I imagine those chunky pieces of apricot were a real treat. :)

  2. We are going this coming week to house hunt in person so I am preparing myself for the changes! The dried apricots and pumpkin together were wonderful. Do try it!

  3. I'd rather bake muffins than move, too. How exciting though! I haven't even been anywhere near that part of the world, so I'll have to live vicariously through you. :) Good luck!

  4. Happy to have you along for the vicarious journey, Carrie!

  5. Wow! I can't even imagine what your lives must be like living in Cairo and then going back to Dubai. I have never traveled anywhere near your part of the world. How incredible! Good luck with the move! These muffins are perfection. Love the combination of apricot and pumpkin. I've never had the two together but it sounds like they must be lovely together.

  6. We've been living this moving-around life for almost 26 years now, but it never gets very old. Well, packing gets old, but exploring new places makes it worthwhile. Thanks for your kind words!

  7. Jennie @themessybakerblogSeptember 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Wow! Dubai. Congrats. I hate packing and unpacking, but Dubai will be worth it. These muffins look delicious. I love the addition of apricots.

  8. Thanks, Jennie! I hope so. I mean about Dubai being worth it. :) The chewy little bits of apricot were great.

  9. Ha! Yes, much more fun than packing up! I don't care much for packing or unpacking... but alas, it must be done. Good job on these muffins! Best wishes on the move to Dubai!


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