Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Autumn Apple Muffins

I miss seasons.
Don't get me wrong,
Phoenix does have it's own
ebb and flow of weather.
The heat is breaking now, 
and the air is 
cooler in the mornings
reminding me why I love living 
here, at least 9 months out of the year.

I still miss seasons.
I miss waking up one morning 
and noticing a snap to the air
that announces the passing of 
summer into autumn.

Thoughts of autumn bring with 
them thoughts of apple picking.
The typical cool weather
part of the world ritual that 
announces to all the change 
in the season.

in celebration of cooler weather
I decided to bake some apple muffins
this morning while the weather was still

The muffin has a 
spice cake kind of texture 
and flavor.
With big chunks of apple and 
crunchy nuts these muffins 
are a nice hearty snack.

Autumn Apple Muffins
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped apple
  • 1 cup walnut pieces

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease or line muffins tins
  • Combine dry ingredients and mix well
  • Combine Oil, sugar, egg and vanilla beat until well combined
  • Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix well. This mixture will be very stiff and thick. Do not panic! The moisture the apples give off during cooking will make the muffins nice and fluffy, promise.
  • Mix in walnuts and apples, stir to combine well.
  • Fill muffin tins about 3/4 the way full
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
Tip: For extra sweetness you can sprinkle a little brown sugar on the tops before you put them in the over to bake. It makes for an almost struesel like topping.

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