Old Squash Muffins Recipe

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, November 13, 1912:  Nothing of any account seems to be happening around here, so I can’t write much.

Here are the squash muffins I made.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Another slow day for Grandma—the total opposite from my life.

I’m bustling around getting ready for Thanksgiving—cleaning the house and planning the menu for the big day.

I recently flipped through the November, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal looking for recipes that might be good this Thanksgiving.

Here’s a keeper I found for Squash Muffins. I tested them yesterday—and plan to make them again for Thanksgiving.

They’re delicious served warm with butter—and have a lovely, delicate taste. However, they are less sweet and heavier than many modern muffins, so I had to set aside my preconceived notions and just enjoy their old-fashioned goodness.

And, here is the picture of Squash Muffins in the November, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

Here’s the recipe—slightly adapted for modern stoves and ingredients.

Squash Muffins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put two-thirds of a cupful of cooked squash into a bowl, then add a quarter of a cupful of sugar, two well-beaten eggs, two cupfuls  of flour, half a teaspoonful of salt, three teaspoonfuls of baking powder and three tablespoonsfuls of melted butter. Mix well and bake in well-greased muffin pans for approximately twenty minutes. If these muffins are intended for a luncheon or a tea, a quarter of a teaspoonful of powdered ginger may be added.

Makes approximately 18 muffins

I added ginger—even though we ate the muffins at dinner.

I used hubbard squash, but butternut or other winter squash (or canned/frozen squash) would also work. I peeled and cubed about 1 1/2 cups of squash and boiled in water in a pan on the stove for about 15 minutes. I then drained the squash, mashed and measured out two-thirds of a cup to use in the recipe.

13 thoughts on “Old Squash Muffins Recipe

    1. Thanks for the nice note. I have lots of fun posting the diary entries and writing comments, and it’s always wonderful to hear when others enjoy it.

  1. Looks interesting…after the past few weeks I rather wish I had nothing going on around here either!! It has been crazy. A lot can be said for normal days.:)

      1. I can’t wait to read her journal entries on how they prepared for the holidays, I will have to look back at last years.

  2. Hi. Squash muffins… perfect for this time of year. I am usually reluctant to begin the peeling of squash, but we have something Helena didn’t have… a microwave! Jane

  3. I had some wonderful tasting squash left from a Sunday dinner so tried your grandma’s recipe today. The end batter was way too dry so I added about a half cup milk, still stiff, but better. Also added just a pinch of ginger and cinnamon, they came out perfectly and taste wonderful. Would go with any meal or just as a snack!

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