Halloween ghosts: Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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8 Responses

  1. Funny we never carved vegetables growing up for Samhain, either turnips or pumpkins! I rarely cook with pumpkin but I do use squash a good bit. Might give this recipe a go later on in the week.

    • Caroline says:

      We not only used turnips, we also carved potatoes! I think that we stuck birthday candles in them. Let me know how you get on if you try it. Un-iced, they’re not too sweet, so good for kids’ snacks.

  2. Martha says:

    We grew turnips a lot growing up, and the best, the very best way to eat them is when theyre very young and tender and only the size of an apple, and you can just pull the skin away from the flesh and then eat them sliced and raw. That was me and my Dads saturday treat, after working in the garden.

    • Caroline says:

      Those might not have been much good for Jack-o’-lanterns, Martha, but it sounds as if they tasted far, far better than my mini-football sized ones!

  3. Catherine Jones says:

    These look delicious, will definitely be giving them a try. Have recently been roasting turnips; steam them in smallish chunks first for 8 to 10 mins and then toss with rapeseed oil into a baking try. I bake them at around 200 for 25 mins until they are tender but the outside is caramelised and slightly crispy. I could never eat them boiled/mashed, I think it’s the smell, it just put me off for some reason but roasted they are delicious!

    • Caroline says:

      I remember Carmel Somers, of the Good Things Cafe in Durrus, talking about roasting turnips with grated fresh ginger. I’ve tried it a couple of times but never been entirely convinced – but I was roasting the turnip from raw. I think your idea sounds much better. Will have to try it!

  4. I made a very similar (non-vegan) version of these this past weekend for a party! Such a big hit. I could eat that cream cheese by the spoonful. NOT THAT I DID OR ANYTHINGG

  5. Caroline says:

    Oh no! Although it is tempting, very, very tempting…

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