Monday, November 17, 2014

Apple Muffins -- Perfect for the Season

    It's apple season! That means apple pie, apple cider, and apple sauce.It's got to be my favorite time of year because I'm home, the family is busy together and everything smells so good. Let me share this family recipe with you ... one that just adds to the good smells of the season.
    Apple muffins is our traditional cider-day breakfast/lunch and they just add to the good smells. We make a large batch and take them along to the press to keep our hands and bellies warm.

    The two most important ingredients in this recipe are nutmeg and applesauce. The two together are magnificent. You can use grated apple instead of apple sauce, but I don't remember ever trying it that way. maybe I should just so I can say I have.

    Grease the muffin pan before putting the batter in. We use coconut oil to grease our pans, but you can use PAM, Crisco, butter, etc. of course.  Fill each muffin cup about halfway before sliding the pan into the oven and cooking it or about 20 minutes.
    While it's cooking, get out the butter to thaw ... try making your own butter sometime!

I liked this photo! Muffins behind bars :)
We have three stackable cooling racks and they provided me with this cool shot

    And there they are: light, steamy and oh so good. I put the recipe for the 1x batch and the 6x batch below, because if you're anything like our family the 6x batch doesn't even last until lunch.
    Happy Baking!

Ingredients (1x Batch):
    1 1/2 cups flour
    1 3/4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup oil or melted butter
    1 egg
    1/4 cup milk
    1/2 cup apple sauce or grated apple

Ingredients (6x Batch):
    9 cups flour
    3 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 TB salt
    1 TB ground nutmeg
    2 cups sugar 
    2 1/2 cup oil or melted butter
    6 Eggs
    2 cups milk
    3 cups apple sauce or grated apples

    Sift the dry ingredients together before adding oil or melted butter until the mixture is fine. Add the eggs, milk and apples. Stir until consistent. Spoon into greased muffin tins and back on confection bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.

If You're Feeling Fancy:
    4 TB butter 
    1/2 cup sugar  
    1 tsp cinnamon 

Melt butter and brush over the baked muffins. Roll them in cinnamon / sugar mixture to thoroughly coat before setting on a dazzling platter and serving with a flourish.

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