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Pumpkin Pie Muffins

A lady from church brought me a mini-loaf of this bread shortly after we moved here. The next month she asked if she could do anything for me and I said YES! I need that recipe!!
The original recipe calls for this to be made in mini-loaves, but it also works well as big muffins. Or probably as regular muffins, I don't know, I don't have a regular-size muffin pan. ☺ They have the pumpkin pie spices, so they have a flavor much like pumpkin pie, thus the name. Also a lot of sugar, like a pie...but they're kind of amazing so just pretend you didn't notice how much sugar there was, or use whole wheat flour to make up for it, or something!

[no picture, but they really don't look like anything special...they just taste fabulous!]

3 cups flour
2 Tbs pumpkin pie spice (3 tsp cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp ginger, 3/4 tsp nutmeg, 3/4 tsp allspice)
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 c sugar
1 15oz can pumpkin (2 cups)
4 large eggs
1 c vegetable oil (feel free to do this a little shy...)
1/2 c water (if you use home-processed pumpkin, which is much less dense/more watery than the stuff from a can, then leave out the water.)

Combine flour, spice, soda, and salt. Set aside. (Or you can cheat like me and not mix these up in advance...)
Combine sugar and pumpkin, beat. Add eggs, oil, and water. Beat until just blended. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture. Stir until moistened.
Makes about 5 mini-loaves, or 15 jumbo muffins (about 30 regular muffins I think).

Bake at 350* for 50-60 min for mini loaves
Bake at 350* for 30 min for jumbo muffins
Bake at 375* for 16-25 min for regular muffins (I haven't done this size, I'm estimating...start with 16 and then start checking them!)

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