When I sent out a a call for family favorite recipes, Matt's Grandma was nice enough to send me this pumpkin apple muffin recipe that she said Grandpa Joe baked frequently. I never had the pleasure of meeting Grandpa Joe, but I still have a very warm feeling about him. Everyone remembers him so warmly, it makes me really wish I had the chance to know him myself. He was the original Scharnhorst carpenter. He spent years putting his touch on many buildings around town. He also built three houses for his family. Each time they learned a little about what they wanted in the next house until they finally built the house they really made home. His knowledge, skills and tools are still very much alive in the hands of Dave and Matt. Ruth said that when Joe retired he enjoyed spending more time in the kitchen. This was one of the recipes he held onto.
Grandma put a note on the back of the recipe saying our house would smell good. She was right! This would be a great breakfast for house guests. It goes together quickly and fills the house with a wonderful scent as it bakes.
Of course the combination of apple and pumpkin just screams fall. I made a batch of these when the blog was brand new. I couldn't help but to make another batch as soon as there were a few chilly mornings. Breaking out the pumpkin and chopping a few apples just gives you that cozy feeling. Then there is the spice smell of them baking that is just intoxicating. Do yourself a favor and bake up a batch!
Grandpa Joe's Pumpkin Apple Muffins
makes 12 muffins
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 T pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs - slightly beaten
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup oil
2 cups apples - peeled and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Combine eggs, pumpkin and oil. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until moistened.
- Stir in apples.
- Place in 12 greased muffing molds.
- Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean