Thursday, 7 June 2012

apple and cinnamon muffins

This week I have the week off as it is the school holidays. I haven't had much on my agenda except for report writing. I don't know if it's all the extra time I have, or the rainy weather that makes it feel like Winter, but I have gone into baking overload. (Have you noticed? All I seem to be blogging about these days is food.)

I love a good breakfast, and as I had run out of my trusty granola this morning, I had the perfect excuse to bake something. I have lots of fruit to use up, so it was a choice between something containing blueberries, rhubarb or apple. I went with apple and baked up some muffins that went a little like this:

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

ingredients

  • 2 dessert apples (any variety)
  • 100 g spelt flour
  • 150g plain flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 125 g brown sugar, use an extra 4 for sprinkling
  • 60 ml natural or greek yoghurt
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 65 ml applesauce
  • eggs
  • 30g natural almonds, roughly chopped

  • 15g oat bran
    15g ground almonds
    handful of sultanas or raisins
    60ml honey, 60ml hot water with 1 tbsp caster sugar dissolved (or 120ml honey)


    1) Preheat oven to 180C / gas mark 4. Line muffin tray with 12 muffin cases
    2) In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, sultanas, oat bran and ground almonds
    3) In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, yoghurt, oil, applesauce, brown sugar and honey & sugar water mix
    4) Peel, core and dice the apples, then set aside.


    5) Combine wet and dry ingredients, then gently stir until just combined (overstirring = dense muffins)
    6) Stir in the diced apple
    7) Distribute the mixture between the muffin cases
    8) Combine the blanched, chopped almonds with 1 tsp cinnamon and 4 tsp brown sugar and sprinkle on top of each muffin

    9) Bake for 15 - 20 mins / until golden
    10) Place on cooling rack, or eat warm

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