Friday, March 19, 2010
Spicy apple muffins
A sudden urge to bake muffins combined with three rather manky looking dessert apples has resulted in possibly THE most delicious muffins I have ever made.
I adapted a banana muffin recipe and tweeked a bit, by adding a dollop of homemade rhubarb and apple jam and plenty of spice.
Thought I'd share the recipe.....cos I'm not sharing my muffins!
Moogsmum's Spicy Apple Muffins
What you need:
200g (7oz) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground cloves and ground cinnamon, to taste - I used just under a teaspoon of each.
3 manky dessert apples
1 heaped dessertspoon jam - I used homemade rhubarb and apple but apricot would do
150g(5oz) granulated sugar
75g (2 1/2 oz) butter, melted
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/ gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cake cases in your muffin tin.
- Sift together the flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt, ground cloves and cinnamon.
- Peel and finely chop the apples. Place them in a saucepan with the jam and about a tablespoon of water. Heat gently over a low heat for a few minutes just to soften the apples a bit.
- Puree the apple mixture - I used a handheld blender for this. It doesn't need to be too smooth, just not big and chunky.
- Combine the apple puree with the sugar, egg and melted butter in a large bowl.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and combine well.
- Spoon mixture into muffin cases and bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until springy to the touch.
- Lovely served warm with a hot cup of tea :)
Note: to make banana muffins, substitute three mashed ripe bananas for the apple and jam mixture and omit the spices.