It’s apple season! Alas, we haven’t gone picking yet, and I’m afraid there is not much time left. The children are not pleased. If your holiday weekend plans include a trip to the orchard, be sure to pick up a jug of cider to make these muffins. In fact, my favorite part of apple picking is the cider. Hmm, warm with a touch of cinnamon it is the perfect drink on a crisp autumn day.
What have I been up to this week? Making muffins. Lots of muffins. I had a vision of what I wanted this recipe to be, and I played around with the ingredients for quite a bit until they were just right. Moist, tender little cakes, redolent of fresh picked apples (or apples fresh from the store ;)).
In my opinion what takes a muffin over the top is a topping. I’m constantly dusting the tops of my muffins with coconut, oats, flax seed, cinnamon sugar, or anything else I can find. I hate naked muffins. But a rich crumbly streusel I save
because I’m too lazy to make it for special occasions. I chose to use oats, because they have a sweet nuttiness that blends well with the apple flavor.
Here’s the trouble with making dozens of muffins. Muffin pans. Cleaning muffin pans plagues me to no end. Well, if I am to be truly honest, they plague my husband as he does most of the dishes. (What? I am tired after all the cooking.) I try to keep a decent supply of unbleached muffin cups. But the cost can add up, and even with unbleached cups I’d prefer no waste at all. I’ve been eyeing these silicone muffin cups, although I wonder if washing all those little cups would be just as annoying.
Notice the beautiful wood background the muffins are on, my husband made that for me for my birthday last weekend. What’s that? Normal women don’t want a pretend wooden table for their birthday? That’s okay, I have never been one for baubles or flowers. Who knew a bit of painted wood could make such a great gift? He knew I had been wanting to tackle this project for a while. It’s reversible and has a beautiful dark stain on the other side. Thanks Honey!
I used a large grater for my apples, you can still see the bits of shredded apple after it’s been cooked. A small dice would also work. If you prefer a more uniform texture, grate your apples with a fine grater.
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