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Pumpkin Muffins for the Feast of St. Luke


As we move into the month of October, Christians worldwide prepare to commemorate the Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist. This beautiful day, celebrated on October 18th, invites us to delve into the rich traditions that honor St. Luke's contributions to the Christian faith. In Venice, Italy, they have a proverb that says that pumpkins go stale on St. Luke’s Day. To honor this tradition, make sure to eat something with pumpkins in it! We are making these delicious pumpkin muffins for the Feast of St. Luke.


Pumpkin Muffins for the Feast of St. Luke


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Grease the muffin pans. Whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil in a large bowl until well combined. Add the canned pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla extract, and mix until fully incorporated.


In a separate medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves.


Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient mixture. Mix gently until just combined, avoiding over-mixing. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pans.


Place the muffin pans in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a central muffin comes out clean.


The recipe yields 2 dozen muffins.

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