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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Grandpa Joe's Pumpkin Apple Muffins



   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
Ingredients:

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

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Combine eggs, pumpkin and oil.  Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until moistened.
  4. Stir in apples.
  5. Place in 12 greased muffing molds.
  6. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean


26 comments:

  1. You know the way to my heart and my taste buds Carlee!! All my favorite flavors in a gem of a muffin. I'm drinking a cup of tea now, oh how I wish I had one!!

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    1. I should drive you a batch and you can take me shopping!

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  2. Oh, I LOVE this sweet recipe :) Family recipes are always the best and this fall muffin sounds amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I do love a good passed down recipe. You know it's good if people care enough to share it!

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  3. Pumpkin and apple! Fall is my favorite season. This recipe has autumn written all over it! Yum!

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    1. It definitely does, doesn't it? Mmmm!

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  4. These sound delicious! Family recipes are the best. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! They smell so good baking and taste just as good when they are done!

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  5. Wow Carlee, this recipe sounds amazing. Your uncle Joe had a little gem of a recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Janet
    rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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  6. Pumpkin and apple in one? I have to try this! I bet the house will smell amazing!

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    1. It's like a big old bite of fall! Thanks!

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  7. What a great combination! It's about time I got the pumpkin out this year 😀

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    1. It's time already! I had a little trouble finding it at first, but stocked up the other day when I found some!

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  8. Pumpkin apple muffins sound amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I am just looking at the apples in the muffins, these muffins will be delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. They really are very good and it is fun to have the history attached to them. Have a great weekend, Miz Helen!

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  10. Carlee, I can see why the house smelled so good from the ingredients! This is the scent that candle makers try to emulate, the smell of fall. Although I love a great candle, nothing beats a great treat baking in the oven. Not only does it smell good but you get to eat it in the end!

    We love recipes that have been passed down from our family. My great gran used to make sugar cookies with brown sugar, and they were the best cookies ever. My brother used to mow her lawn and she would always have these cookies on hand for him. We all wanted to mow the lawn, he was the oldest though and so he got the spoils!

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    1. No fair! Cookies for everyone!! Do you have the recipe? I do love fall scented candles, but nothing beats the real deal in the oven. That is for sure!! thanks, Nikki!

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  11. That's special she shared that with you. Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again! Remember to leave your host a comment to increase the chance of being featured.

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    1. I love recipes that are passed down (or around for that matter!) You know somebody has to really like it in order to pass it on. Thanks!

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  12. For the fall time, I am obsessed with anything pumpkin or apple. To have them both in a muffin feels like a dream come true! I cannot wait to make these! Nobody in my family likes pumpkin so that means these will all be for me! I am not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing though..at least I can wear oversized sweaters so no one can tell how many muffins I've had! lol

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    1. HA! You can always freeze a few for later too. We have a freezer full of different kinds of muffins. My little dude loves picking one out in the morning. A few seconds in the microwave and they are ready to go!

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  13. These look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

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