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Butternut Squash Muffins

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Do you like me from this side of view.... Orrr..

This side of view....... Or do you like me undressed???

Tell me you want to eat me......

Awwww... Why la!!! Don't be so hasty... savour me slowly...
I'm always here, but


The muffins smell so good when they were baking. The aroma was filling up my head. When the buzzer beeped, I quickly removed them from the oven, and when they have cooled down slightly, I quickly ate one. The walnuts, vanilla and butternut squash was such good combination, the muffin tasted oh so good.

With muffins being a quick bread, it is always leavened with lots and lots of baking powder. Something that I do not wish to consume too much. The baking powder that we now mostly use contains aluminium in the acidic compound of the leavening and it is linked to Alzhiemers. Do read about it here.

So, I changed the method to creaming, and whacked the eggs with the pumpkin in the blender so that I can reduce the baking powder that is required.

You may substitute butternut squash with pumpkins as they really taste pretty much the same. And I’ll label anything with butternut squash on my blog as pumpkins as well.

Butternut squash muffins recipe
adapted from Jamie Oliver
Makes 12 muffins

300gm raw butternut squash , peeled weight, cut into small cubes, (those local long necked pumpkins are actually butternut squash) 
3 eggs
150gm light brown sugar (greatly reduced from original recipe)
100gm butter
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod / 1tsp vanilla extract (original recipe called for cinnamon)
230gm all purpose flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
50gm chopped walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven at 170/180C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper liners.
2. Place eggs and cubed squash into the blender and whizz it for 2 minutes.
3. Sift flour and baking powder, set aside.
4. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla seeds for 2 minutes until pale and fluffy.
5. Put in half of squash, mix until smooth. Put in half of flour, mix on low speed until smooth.
6. Put the all the squash, and all of the flour and mix until smooth.
7. Fold in chopped walnuts.
8. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins.
9. Bake for 30 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

I made the frosty topping(based loosely on the original recipe), but in the end I didn’t use it, because these muffins were already a star on their own. I never eat 2 muffins in a row, but these were so good, that.. gosh, I almost wanted to have my third. But I told myself.. no no… 2 is a company, 3 is a crowd. That’s too much.

31 lovely notes:

j3ss kitch3n October 9, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

ohh these look lovely though i never saw a butternut squash before in my life!

WendyinKK October 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

Jess kitchen,
It's just a pumpkin with a long neck.

Anonymous,  October 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM  


Butternut Squash is actually pumpkin. It's just a name of the different types of squash. "Curcurbita" is the family of plants that pumpkin belongs to. This species includes squash, watermelon, cucumbers.

So when a recipe calls for pumpkin... You can use butternut , banana squash, etc...

ai wei October 9, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

oh so lovely!
sooo, butternut = pumpkins???

Jeannie October 9, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

Wow! I would want to eat 2 of those two if they were in front of me now! So delicious looking!

Min October 9, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

When I was reading this, wondering what butternut squash is, now I only realized it's pumpkin. Looks delicious, I will keep this recipe :) Thanks!

Your #1 Fan October 9, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

I like it undressed and I want to eat it!!!!!!!
The muffins looks absolutely delicious - they look so moist and rich!
I like how you reduced the baking powder and sugar too...
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Elin October 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

Wendy...great muffins...thanks for sharing the recipe. Great blog too ! and great photos good enough to make me salivate now :)

WendyinKK October 9, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

Thanks for the info.
Oh, I never knew pumpkin goes by banana squash too. Here, the butternut goes by the same name as pumpkin, actually, and local butternut sells at the same price as pumpkins, and people will usually go by "long" or "round" pumpkins :)

Ai Wei,
Yes. The long type, not the round type.


The long necked pumpkin loooo.

The original recipe for sugar is very very scary!!!


ICook4Fun October 10, 2010 at 2:16 AM  

This is an interesting recipe. Normally we will use cooked butternut squash for muffins but this one uses raw butternut squash. I too just bought a butternut squash and not sure what to do with it yet :)

tigerfish October 10, 2010 at 6:29 AM  

Undress them! Wanna eat them now. Good use of butternut squash cos it is in abundance now :)

Bakericious October 10, 2010 at 6:55 AM  

Wendy,can let me undress one? :P. The muffins look good, I like the color.

WendyinKK October 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

The blended squash will get cooked during the baking process and it smelt wonderful!!!
I hope u will consider trying this recipe.

Yeah, autumn's here and lots and lots of them.

Jess Bakericious,
Sure can... seriously I love them, not only because of the colour.

Von October 10, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

I had no idea that baking powder was bad for you!! =S And I use it so much!! These look delicious =) I love muffins- I haven't made them for a while! I rarely eat pumpkin because no one in my family likes it =) But it sounds great in a muffin!

pigpigscorner October 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

I was just looking for a muffin recipe! These sounds wonderful but I hate dealing with squash and pumpkin =(

WendyinKK October 10, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

Just get alumimium free baking powder, and it'll be alright to use. It's hard to get that here.

Hard to peel right? I cut into cubes, then I cut off the skin from the cubes. It's easier this way.

petite nyonya October 10, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

2 of these with a cup of coffee waiting for me tmrw morning wld be just perfect!

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears October 11, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

Healthy baking powder hard to get here? Then where's the nearest to get it? S'pore?

Lisa October 11, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

I love their crunchy little tops. The golden color is so pretty too.

Little Inbox October 11, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

I want to try this recipe too, but with the cheaper ingredient - pumpkin, hehe...

Anonymous,  October 11, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

i have never baked with butternut squash. THis looks interesting. it is definitely going up in my to do list. thanks for sharing!

WendyinKK October 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

petite nyonya,
Sames goes for me

Organic shops. They carry aluminium free baking powder.

The top is not very crunchy, it softens after a while out from the oven. But it still taste nice and moist.

Little Inbox,
Same one ler..... try to get the lock neck pumpkin, of which is the butternut. Market got long neck one, isn't it?

Hope u like it :)

Zoe October 12, 2010 at 6:50 AM  

I like your way of presentation for these muffin. The muffins look yummy and very artistic too LOL... Great job!

WendyinKK October 12, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

Oh.. thanks for the compliments.

S at Buttered Up October 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

Hey Wendy, this is such a yummy looking recipe. I just saw some butternut squash in the market and I'm definitely picking some up on Sunday. This looks awesome. Glad to find someone else in Malaysia recipe blogging. :)

WendyinKK October 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM  

I hope you like the recipe

BTW, There are quite a sum of Malaysian recipe bloggers, blogging from Malaysia or other countries. I have a whole list of them on my blogroll

Dominique October 16, 2010 at 3:33 AM  

This recipe looks so delicious. Did anyone happen to convert and record their measurements converted to cups and ounces? Or know of a good place to convert the measurements quickly? I have a butternut squash and I'm dying to make these this weekend.

WendyinKK October 18, 2010 at 1:19 AM  

Maybe you can try Jamie's original site.
He has measurements for both volume and weight.
I do not have any favourite sites for conversions, as I usually convert in my head.
But for ingredients that I'm not familiar with (besides flour, sugar, fat and liquids), I'll measure with cups and then weigh that for future reference.

Dominique October 18, 2010 at 1:48 AM  

Thanks Wendy! Great site - beautiful photos and recipes.

Anonymous,  March 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

Your photos looked so yummylicious, that I had to try out this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

I followed your instructions to the T, except that I used a handheld blender to blend the pumpkin with the eggs (the mixture become very frothy). When I mixed it with the beaten sugar & butter, it looked curdled. The muffins turned out quite heavy with a rubbery texture and does not have the usual soft light texture of muffins :(

I am curious if this is suppose to be the right texture or is it because I may have beaten the flour mixture for too long. Would very much appreciate your feedback!


WendyinKK March 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM  

Oh mine was fine and didn't curdle. Muffins are supposed to be mixed until just combined. Any overmixing will result in dense rubbery muffins.
But then again, the addition of squash will make the texture soft and crumbly.

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