I know, I know. More muffins? You might as well call yourself The muffin (wo)man. Fine! I’ll call myself that. I just like a good muffin sometimes—they can be nutritious* and they’re easy to make and they freeze well, making them a go-to breakfast. I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago and I am still heating up frozen ones. They’re still delicious! Super fluffy and moist and everything.
Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins
adapted from Elle Krieger’s recipe
Makes about 12 muffins
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice (or a combo of nutmeg and clove)
1/2 cup well-packed dark brown sugar, plus sugar for sprinkling on top
3 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs or 2 flax eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk or non-dairy milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease one 12-cup muffin pan.
In a bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, and spices.
In a large bowl, whisk sugar, molasses, oil and eggs until well combined. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, adding the yogurt and milk in between batches. Mix just until combined.
Fill the muffin pan slots about 2/3 full and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes a muffin passes the toothpick test.
*not all muffins are nutritious
It’s no real secret that the Instant Pot 7-in-1 has a Yogurt setting, but how many IP owners actually use this setting? I’ve finally started using my IP to make yogurt, and it’s saved me a lot of guesswork and really streamlined the yogurt-making process. Even though there are instructions available in the manual, I found it easier to refer to other users’ advice before beginning. So, in an effort to pay it forward, here’s my guide for making homemade yogurt in an Instant Pot!
First off, why make your own yogurt? It’s much cheaper, you can make it to fit your taste and texture preferences, and it’s easy, hands-off work (especially with an IP). Did I mention how much cheaper it is? Now let’s get started.
- Your Instant Pot 7-in-1
- The included steamer rack
- Jars with lids
- Plain yogurt
- Skim milk powder (optional)
First, scald the milk:
- Grab one to four jars (depending on how much yogurt you want to make) that will fit inside your Instant Pot sitting on the steamer rack. Fill each jar about 3/4 of the way or less with the milk of your choice. The fattier the milk, the thicker and creamier the yogurt—but even skim milk will work.
- (Optional) Add up to 1 teaspoon of skim milk powder per jar for a thicker yogurt and stir.
- Add 1 cup of water to the IP and top with steamer rack. Add the jars (without the lids) and close the lid. Make sure the valve is in the Sealing position.
- Select Steam and adjust the time to 1 minute. Once the timer goes off and the IP is done steaming, select Cancel and let the pressure release naturally. This will take about 15 minutes.
- Open the IP and remove the jars. Dump out the water and replace the steamer rack. Let the milk sit, uncovered, until it comes down to 115 degrees—this will take about an hour. Use a thermometer to keep track of the temperature.
- Once the milk is 115 degrees or slightly less, add a heaping spoonful of plain yogurt to each jar and stir. Any kind of yogurt will do as long as it has active cultures.
- Add the jars back to the IP and close the lid. Select Yogurt and let it do its thing for a whole eight hours. That’s right. Walk away for eight whole hours.
- Once the Yogurt cycle is complete, carefully pour off any accumulated whey (if desired) and screw on the tops. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- You can make yogurt directly in the IP, but I prefer the convenience and cleanliness of making yogurt directly in jars.
- Be sure to start early so that your yogurt has time to complete its 8-hour cycle. You can leave it longer but it will become tarter the longer it sits. If you time it right you can make yogurt overnight!
- If you like your yogurt really thick and creamy (Greek-style), you can strain your homemade yogurt with cheesecloth for up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
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