It’s hockey time peeps…

That’s right peeps, hockey starts today. And not a moment sooner I might add. For sitting around not being able to do much but sit propped up in front of the TV coughing (I recommend bacterial pneumonia to no one) gets old pretty quick when about the only thing going on is the election. And I am pretty darn sick of all of that at this point.
So imagine my glee in knowing that my beloved Flames play this evening. Knowing that, at least for a few hours I will just be watching something where no one is insulting each other (well, at least not that I can hear). Though I must say boo to the Flyers who on Saturday will be having Palin drop the puck for the game…grr, get politics out of my happy time darn it all!!!
Having been sick we are pulling from the archives for the next couple of posts I am sure. No baking, no cooking, no nothing as of late. :(
This is a Orange Cream Cheese Muffin topped with sugar and toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds). There are a lot of steps but I think the crunch really does add something to these muffins. It comes from one of my favorite cookbooks for breakfast breads, Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins and More. It is a good resource to have if you don’t you might want to add that to your holiday list of things you want.

Orange Cream Cheese Muffins with Pepita Crunch

Pepita Crunch
1 large egg white (reserve yolk)
2 TBSP plus 1 tsp granulated sugar
½ cup pepitas

1/3 cup fresh orange juice
zest of ½ a small orange
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature, broken into 3-4 pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1 cup superfine sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, slightly firm
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk (reserved from Pepita Crunch)
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Pepita Crunch:
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and 1 TBSP of the granulated sugar. Add the pepitas, tossing to coat well with the egg/sugar mixture. Pour into the prepared cookie sheet and spread evenly in a single layer. Sprinkle 1 more TBSP of the sugar over the pepitas. Bake for 7-8 minutes, stir the pepitas with a fork, and bake another 7 minutes. Remove from oven, stir the pepitas , sprinkle with the remaining 1 tsp of sugar, and bake for another 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Break up any clusters with your fingertips and set aside.

Making the Batter:

Increase oven temperature to 375F.
In a food processor, process the cream cheese, orange juice and orange zest, in three 10-second intervals.
In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
Cut butter into 1-inch pieces and place in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until smooth and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Stop the machine and add the cream cheese mixture, and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the superfine sugar in a steady stream, then blend in the eggs, the reserved yolk, and the vanilla. Reduce the mixer to low speed and add flour mixture in 3 additions, mixing just until blended after each addition.

Scoop muffins into a prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with 1 TBSP of the Pepita Crunch. Be sure to use any sugar that remains in the pan.
Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown an the tops are springy to the touch. To ensure even baking, toward the end of baking time, rotate the pans top to bottom and front to back. Remove from the oven and place on rack to cool.

Orange Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
5 TBSP fresh orange juice
1 ½ tsp light corn syrup
Combine sugar, orange juice and corn syrup. Whisk until smooth and pour over muffins.

Adapted from Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins and More by Carole Walter


  1. Those Muffins look incredibly good! Droolworthy and beautiful!

    Get better soon!



  2. I wonder when to add the flour mixture into the batter ???

  3. oh you are too funny – that first pic cracks me up! and the other two – weel they make me drool, but you knew that already!

  4. Ahh Gracie, I am so sorry you are sick – I hope you feel better very soon! And I agree.. screw politics elbowing their way into hockey – that’s just not right.

    The muffins look and sound amazing, of course!

    Feel better my love!!


  5. Hooray for hockey season and scrumptious muffins!! :-) But BOO to being ill :-( PLEEEEASE get well soon, Peabody!!

  6. The muffins look incredible! I’ve had my eye on that book, so I’ll be sure to add it to my list this year :)

  7. HeartofGlass says:

    You know, you can put lipstick on a hockey puck, and it’s still a…sorry…

    What do you and your husband eat during hockey-watching game nights–you need to do a list of that stuff!

  8. Yummm… looks delish! Hope you feel better asap!

  9. I totally dig that photo of the peeps playing hockey. I seriously was sitting her laughing hard.

    I was at home recouping from knee surgery during the last election. I feel your pain. TV sucks during an election.

    And those muffins look ridiculous good!

  10. This off season seemed longer than usual for some reason, and actually it was shorter for the Pens this year. So glad its hockey time again.

    Hope you are feeling better soon! xo

    And the muffins look awesome!

  11. oh boy, feel better soon! i just bought some pepitas for another dish, these muffins look like a perfect way to use them up!

  12. I don’t know where I’ve been, but I don’t think I’ve seen pepitas on a sweet treat before – usually just savory! These look so good, though, and make me wish I had one for breakfast!

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  13. I fixed the flour instructions. Whoops. Thanks for catching that.

  14. Feel better. And these look great.

  15. i love muffins and these look so good! get better soon!

  16. REALLY sorry to hear you’re not doing well. I’ve had lots of years of that crap, but thankfully, not in the last several. Must be ’cause I get more ornery as I age? Mmm…pepitas. And on top of all that cheesy loveliness? YUM. Enjoy the hockey and get well, peabody.

  17. I LOVE your peeps playing hockey picture! (Your muffins look yummy too!) Hope you feel better soon!


  18. Feel better! The peep picture is hilarious!!! :)

  19. That book is already on my Amazon wishlist. The muffins look wonderful. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  20. My husband is also inexplicably excited at the start of hockey season. Go figure….

  21. Pnuemonia is serious stuff! Take good care. I hope you have someone making you chicken soup and pressing the buttons on the converter for you!

  22. Anything with the word pepita is a winner for me! The muffins look great and I hope you fell better soon!

  23. Drop the puck! Happy Dance! I should be in The Tank in less than three hours and then HOCKEY! Who me excited? Nah.
    And I almost puked when I read about the Flyers puck dropper.

  24. I love when hockey season starts – you really come to life.

  25. your enthusiasm is contagious!
    meanwhile, i think i’ve concluded that cream cheese is the very best cheese. your muffins look and sound tremendous–the glaze seals the deal for me. :)

  26. Those muffins sound incredible — pepita crunch?! Please!

    Hope you are on the mend!!

  27. That first picture truly made my day. As awful and artificial as peeps are, they are so damn cute.

  28. Love your peeps playing hockey! :)

  29. I’m glad to hear hockey is beginning again, because I know that will help you feel better! :)
    Love the idea of adding seeds to the muffins, Pea.

  30. This is a seriously delicious muffin. Great flavors…

  31. Yes, I need to spend some serious time with this book – at least I have it and don’t need to buy it.
    I hope you’ve gotten rid of the buggies! Sick is just not the thing . . . I guess you know that already.
    This muffins with those pumpkin seeds look terrific.

  32. These muffins look so yummy. I wouldn’t have thought of sprinkling pepitas on top – but yes!! Thanks for the recipe!


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