This year has been a strange one for all of us. One good thing to come out of the pandemic though has been a return to basic home economics. We seem to be cooking and baking from scratch more often and have discovered a sincere appreciation for recipes that use pantry items like this simple apple muffin recipe. Speaking of items you have on hand, apples are a perfect fruit to buy and enjoy all year long. Compared to other fruits like berries, they offer terrific value and last well for several weeks in the fridge.
Considering the era we are living in, I dug out one of my grandmother’s wartime cookbooks with it’s yellowed, discoloured pages and hand written notes to adapt this recipe below. The book is, “Bake it yourself with Magic Baking Powder”. The cover and some of the pages are missing so I don’t have a date of publication unfortunately.
At home, we mainly eat apples fresh, but I do love adding them to baked goods to provide some natural sweetness and subtle flavour. Plus, adding fruit makes me feel like desserts are just that little bit healthier! I’ve added Pink Lady apples to this adaption because they are a sweet apple and I left their skin on to give the tops a little bit of pretty colour. It’s sensibility appeals to me and I hope you will also enjoy it.
My family enjoys trying different apples through the year. Right now, the kids in particular have been enjoying Pink Lady® apples. This apple has a pretty blush and a sweet, crisp bite. These qualities are consistent because of the way they are grown and picked. Pink Lady® apples are among the first to blossom and the last to be harvested. Being on the tree longer helps them to develop their distinct colour and taste. Producers harvest their fruit by hand and in several ‘waves’ to ensure they select only the ripest fruit. To maintain good fruit quality, Pink Lady® apples are carefully handpicked only during dry weather and from the bottom of the tree towards the top to prevent apples being damaged by falling onto each other. All Pink Lady® apple pickers are trained in this traditional technique which takes 15% longer than less specific picking methods.Disclosure: This recipe is not sponsored though we did collaborate with Pink Lady® on a paid Instagram promotion.
Simple Muffins with Pink Lady Apples
- 1 Pink Lady apple
- 1 tbsp Butter or margarine
- 2 tsp Cinnamon divided
- 1 1/3 cups All purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsp Magic Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup Packed brown sugar
- 3 tbsp Vegetable shortening
- 1 Large Egg well beaten
- 1/2 cup Milk Your choice of milk or milk substitute
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 110 mL Cereal of choice This is scant 1/2 cup. I used Special K but cheerios, corn flakes or similar would also work.
- Begin but washing and cutting apple into quarters. Coarsely grate one quarter and set aside for the muffin mix. Finely chop the remaining 3/4 of apple and cook in pan over medium heat for 5 minutes with 1 tbsp butter/margarine, until slightly soft. Near the end, add 1 tsp of the cinnamon. Set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tin with 9 liners.
- Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and remaining 1 tsp cinnamon.
- Cut in shortening or use a mixer to combine with dry ingredients.
- Add egg, milk, grated apple and vanilla. Mix to combine. The mixture is quite sticky.
- In a separate bowl, crush cereal with your hands and mix together with cooked apples.
- Evenly distribute muffin mix in prepared tray.
- Top evenly with cooked apple and cereal topping. Lightly press it into the mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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