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I never knew my husband was such a fan of Halloween. Maybe it’s because we spent several years living abroad where there was no Halloween. Since we moved to Ottawa though, the collection of Halloween decorations has grown slowly and David gets quite excited about handing out treats to the neighbourhood kids. He’s also the official pumpkin carver.

Happy pumpkin

One of David's pumpkin creations!

This year he carved four pumpkins, one big one and three small ones. The small pumpkins were actually pie pumpkins and we still had two whole ones left. I steamed them, then pureed and froze the flesh, save for a 1/2 cup which I used to make these pleasantly warming and delicately flavourful muffins. Perfect for this time of year!

Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin-Date Muffins

Adapted from a recipe in A Taste of Canada: A Culinary Journey.

1 egg
½ cup milk
1/3 cup yoghurt
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup pureed pumpkin

2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ cup ground flax seed*
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cardamom
2/3 cup chopped dates (12 dates) + 2 dates sliced lengthwise into 5 pieces each (for “pretty”  topping)
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line/grease 10 muffin cups.

In a bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Combine all dry ingredients in a second bowl. The chopped dates will tend to stick together. With your fingers separate them once they are in the flour mixture; coating each piece with the flour mixture will prevent them from sticking together.  Pour wet ingredients into dry, and blend until flour mixture is just moistened.

Fill muffin cups. Decorate with a piece of date. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tester comes out clean.

*If you leave out the ground flax seed, then reduce the yoghurt to a ¼ cup.

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