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During October we headed off to Tuppenny Barn to meet up with Mrs Claire Murphy, from Chidham Primary School. We had arranged to show ten of her pupils around the small holding and give them a field to fork experience.

Abi, from Tuppenny, gave the children a great tour explaining how the wild life helped to keep the bugs from the plants and that no pesticides were necessary to produce some smashing fruit and vegetables. They were shown around the orchard, saw the bee hives and looked at the fantastic array of herbs growing on the bank by the entrance to the education centre.

As Halloween was fast approaching we decided to show the pupils how to make pumpkin muffins. After weighing out the ingredients and beating them together they produced some lovely cakes which we then decorated with some scary faces. Here is the recipe which you can try at home and you don’t have to decorate with anything scary at all.


Ingredients (makes 20 muffins)

280g plain flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

pinch ground cloves

pinch salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

110g butter

200g caster sugar

60g soft brown sugar

2 eggs

180ml milk

250g pumpkin cooked and pureed



1. Beat the sugars and butter together until soft

2. Add the eggs and beat together with a little of the flour

3. Add the remaining flour and spices and stir in with the backing powder and bicarbonate of soda

4 Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree

5 Spoon into muffin cases and bake in a preheated oven 190c gas 5 for 25 minutes

6 Allow to cool before eating