Romance Cooks

Pumpkin Muffins – Karla Doyle


My family goes crazy for these wholesome, moist muffins. The crumbly topping gives them a burst of sweetness. When I make these, they’re gone almost instantly.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Makes about 10 average-sized muffins

Combine the following ingredients in a large bowl:

§ 1/2 cup white sugar

§ 1/3 cup grapeseed oil (or other light oil, eg: sunflower, canola)

§ 1 cup pure pumpkin puree

§ 2 eggs

In a separate bowl, combine the following ingredients:

§ 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

§ 1 tsp baking soda

§ 1/2 tsp baking powder

§ 1/2 tsp nutmeg

§ 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Add the dry mix to the creamed mixture, beating either by hand or on the low setting of a hand blender. Don’t over-mix.

Divide among muffin cups (either lined with paper or greased).

Crumbly Topping (optional, but recommended!)

In a small bowl, combine the following ingredients:

§ 1 tsp cinnamon

§ 2 tbsp brown sugar

§ 1 tsp soft butter

§ 1 tsp flour

Sprinkle over the muffin batter before baking.

Bake at 350 F, on an upper rack, for *about* 20 minutes. (Not all ovens cook at the same rate, so adjust cooking time accordingly.)

Allow to cool and enjoy.  🙂





Nia has one rule—don’t date neighbors. Simple, except the guy next door is single, handsome, and not inclined to close his blinds while naked. When her car dies, Conn takes “being neighborly” to a new level by offering a ride to her long-distance destination. Nia has resisted his looks and charm for months. Surely she can handle a few hours in his truck…

For months, Conn has blatantly put himself on display, hoping his pretty blonde neighbor would tire of secretly watching and come knock on his door for a cup of sugar—or more. No such luck—until an unusual opportunity arises. After a six-hour drive turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend, Conn wants more than neighborly status with Nia. To get it, he must convince her to break the rule protecting her heart—by putting his on the line.

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