Sunday, November 25, 2012

Apple Spice Muffins

Happy Post-Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday has come and gone, I have eaten my weight's worth in every type of Thanksgiving food imaginable and now I will have to fill the void - mm, more gluttonous food. I decided to go the non-traditional route this year and made osso buco (I needed an excuse to splurge) but largely because I knew there was a post-Thanksgiving day celebration with friends where I would be sure to get my fix of stuffing and potatoes and gravy (mission accomplished).  In keeping with the spirit of the season I bought some apples at the local market and made some spice muffins on a gray day.

I adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen's version which can be found here. I found myself out of AP flour (! I know - it was a very upsetting moment, but, to defend myself, it was due to a slightly intoxicated chocolate chip cookie baking moment where I used up the flour - at least it was for a good cause). 

To make the muffins:
Combine 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon each baking soda and powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and set aside. In a separate bowl cream 1 stick unsalted butter and 1/2 cup each of granulated sugar and dark brown sugar. Add 1 egg to the butter mixture and stir to combine. Then, gently fold in 1 cup buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir to combine. To finish the batter fold in the apple (I used Honeycrisp but choose your favorite - Granny Smith, Pink Lady, whatever you please - peeled them and chopped them into little chunks).  Spoon the batter into greased muffin tins and top with a little bit of brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

1 comment:

  1. Now HERE's a recipe I can -- oh no, wait. Buttermilk. It doesn't exist here! What kind of a country is this???? Can you recommend a substitution? Yogurt? Sour cream (not sure that's here either)? Half n half? Butter and milk? Stupid question: the apples are just raw and peeled when you plop em in the batter, right?
    Great photos, lovely to see my auntie (back of head) and uncle (frolicking in sea) and Schmoopie's hands... where are you? The last photo looks retro... did you use a special filter or lens? Where is this? I thought you were all in the north, but this warm? Looks like you went to the south? Ah, Thanksgiving. Don't hate me but I miss Stove Top.
    moi (BTW, I'm not being funny with the questions, please answer!)