Tuesday, June 29, 2010

squash muffins

I am about to be your new best friend. I thought this was Matt's sister's recipe, but she says she got it from Matt's Aunt Katherine. Katherine, you are my hero.

I don't know about you, but I can only take so much fried squash, baked squash, and sauteed squash... enter Squash Muffins.


Yellow Squash Muffins

2 lbs. yellow squash (about 8 medium or 5 large)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp and 2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375. Wash squash, trim off ends, cut into slices. Cook in boiling water 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain WELL and mash.

Measure out 2 cups of squash and mix with eggs and butter, set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl, add remaining squash and the squash mixture, stir just until evenly moistened.

Spoon into greased muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on edges (not whole muffin).

This recipe makes 18-24 muffins.


I used Country Crock Lite instead of butter, and they still tasted great. Next time, I think I will try replacing at least some of the sugar with apple sauce and see how that goes. I had to bake them for 25 to 27 minutes, which is a little longer than the recipe says. But it's definitely true about just baking them until the edges are brown, not the whole muffin. They were PERFECT!

I didn't have enough yellow squash from my garden, so I combined yellow squash and zucchini. Matt was a little concerned about how that would taste, but I told him, "If a recipe calls for a cup of butter and a cup of sugar, it's going to taste like butter and sugar."

And he was pleased, as you can see.

It really is a great way to use some of your garden (or Farmer's Market) squash if you are tired of the same old thing. And they freeze well too. Kim says she always makes a double batch, freezes them and then just thaws them and heats them in foil in the oven. Tasty, even the second time around. Let me know if you try them!

24 comments:

Cristi said...

Sounds yummy might try that in a day or two. Thanks.

brightleigh said...

Patrice, do you know if you can freeze these muffins? My crew doesn't like squash, but I LOVE it and I am always looking for a way to fix it to make it last longer so that I can get more mileage out of it. This sounds good and I look forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing.

Laura A said...

Sounds yummy - it might even be a way to get my non-veggie child (no names, but she's 10 and loves Jonah) to eat squash!

...I just won't tell her that's what she's eating. :)

Thanks for sharing!
Laura

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I feel like this is about to become a rabbit hole of "I got it from so-and-so and SHE got it from so-and-so," but you ACTUALLY owe your thanks to my sister. I wondered when you said something about squash muffins from Kim if it was the recipe I sent to the family years back ... BECAUSE THEY TOTALLY ROCKED AND I WANTED TO SHARE THE SQUASH MUFFIN GOSPEL. So yes, it's actually Sarah Ellen who deserves the thanks. And to anyone who's wondering (or, like LEIGH BRIGHT, didn't read all the way to the end YES THEY FREEZE WELL), this recipe is a must-have for your files! (Love ya, Leigh!)

thorney said...

I use Zuc in muffines, pancakes, bread all the time, but had never thought to use yellow squash--great idea and thank you for the recipe. I will be baking these as soon as my new oven arrives on Friday.

alane said...

Those look delicious! I can't wait to try making them as soon as I pick up some squash.

theartfulgardener said...

Ohhh, sounds unique and tasty. I am currently on a baking hiatus since my husband, daughter Anna and I are traveling back to the states tomorrow and I can't start anything new in the kitchen :( But I think I will try these when I get there with my mom perhaps? Thanks for the recipe. Laura V.

wbhaynes said...

I was going to post a comment to you today and ask you for the recipe (my fridge is overflowing with squash). Too funny, I think I am destined to make them today!! I also wanted to add that I have worked with your mom for the past couple of years (love her) and I hope she has found somewhere great to go to next year!! My husband and I also went to HS with your SIL, Kim-small world. I love your blog and following your sweet Jonah!! Thanks for sharing him with us!

Precious 3 said...

Those sound soooo good! Thanks for sharing. I am out of fresh squash today, and can't hit the market since my little one is sick. But I do have some frozen squash. I wonder if those will work as well?

Michelle said...

they sound wonderful, I have been trying to come up with more ideas for the massive amounts of squash we have in our garden, I've tried squash casserole, a pasta salad with squash, roasted veggie so I will be excited to try these. Have a great day!!

theartfulgardener said...

I couldn't wait. I made them today. My husband was grumbling because we are flying tomorrow and didn't want me to mess up the kitchen before we leave but after he tasted them he changed his tune: "Those are the best muffins I've ever tasted :)" They came out great and were super easy to make. Thanks for the recipe Patrice! Laura V.

Jessica said...

Because I can never cook squash correctly, do you leave the skin on?

Bethany said...

wonder what a cup of chocolate chips would do to this recipe? hmmmm

Peggi said...

We always make zucchini muffins, never heard of yellow squash muffins. Will have to try it.

Karla said...

Sounds great. I love the pictures too. We made zucchini pancakes last week but I will have to try this soon. Yum!

Denise said...

I'm from Canada and so I am not sure what you mean when you say "Yellow Squash.." Is it the spaghetti squash? Maybe could you post a pic of the squash for us? Thanks. Mostly we eat the imported acorn squash...

Krista Wilkes said...

I tired these muffins because my little by (2 years old) refuses to eat any vegetables. I thought they were good but his response was "It's not tasty!" I guess that is a 2 year old for you.

Jane said...

Made them today Patrice, they are very good, glad to know you can do something else with squash. They turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing. Loved the pictures of Jonah.

Victoria said...

I'll 2nd or 3rd the zucchini...my mom makes the best z. bread and cookies (WITH choc chips!) every summer and they are awesome!

lauren said...

Just tried your muffins and they were AMAZING! Went to the farmer's market this morning just to get the squash (and to eat at the Moose Cafe!) Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

I don't usually comment because I'm usually reading via Google Reader at work (shhhhhh...), but I couldn't resist any longer. I'm not a big fan of squash by itself, but I'm going to try the recipe anyway. I'm trying to eat healthier, so I think I may try to substitute with some applesauce, too. My kids love muffins, so these will be disquised as our regular Saturday morning muffin mix. I might throw in a handful of mini chocolate chips to make them more kid friendly. I've had pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that were delicious, so I imagine it will be equally scrumptious!

Oh, the older Jonah gets, the more he looks JUST LIKE YOU!! Your whole family is precious and such an insiration. Enjoy the beach!

Stephanie said...

Patrice - YUMMO!!! I made the muffins last night and they are delicious. I made half of them as normal, but the second half, I put in chocolate chips. Both of them were delicious. The kids never knew the difference. I brought them to work with me this morning to share and as I am typing, I can still hear people in the kitchen talking about them! :) Just thought I would brag on you!

Thanks for sharing!

Stina said...

Made these muffins today! I used whole wheat flour instead of regular flour and it still tastes great! I also didn't have a full cup of butter (1/2 cup) and thought it was a bit too sweet with 1 cup of sugar. I might cut the sugar in half next time, or like you said, substitute with applesauce. Delicious recipe! I love your food posts!

sarahkaycarroll said...

I made these today. And they were so so good! Really had no idea what to expect and I am very pleasantly surprised! :)