Driving up the mountain in the rain was quite the task to go through in order to pick apples but we made it all in once piece and headed out into the rainy, muddy orchard to pick our bounty. We had a fair share of successes with finding great apples to bring home, and Mr. Young had a fair share of unfortunate moments like slipping in the mud and having an orange colored bottom for the rest of the trip...
I had dreamt of what I might make with my bounty of apples. Sweet apple desserts? Savory apple entrees? Rather than acting in haste I waited a few days and spent some time searching around Pinterest and the web for a good recipe to put my hard earned apples to work. I stumbled upon this recipe for apple muffins and that was that. Check and check off the 101 in 1001 list!
One thing to note with this recipe is the fact that is calls for you to mix all of the wet ingredients together and then begin adding in the dry. Well this smart girl right here didn't think twice about adding freshly melted butter into from the fridge milk. I turned my back and I saw shiny yellow chunks floating in my butter. Two degrees later and I can't even do simple baking... Yet another reason why I find the "add a little of this, and a little of that" cooking method to be far superior to baking.
To remedy this I began to heat another stick of butter and poured new milk to be at room temperature. Instead of following directions I began to add in some of the dry ingredients first, and then added in the melted butter so it would not congeal in the cold milk. Worked like magic!
Additionally, I had all types of flour stocked up when I made these so I decided to experiment with that. I double the original recipe so for my four cups of flour I used three of white whole wheat and one of whole wheat flour. I think you definitely need to have some white flour with this recipe or the muffins may not turn out as they should but I think if I played around some more I could have used a bit more whole wheat. I also upped the cinnamon. When I saw one teaspoon for FOUR cups of flour I was outraged. Bring on the spice people!
Apple Cinnamon Muffins (adapted from Silver Pennies)
yields 24 muffins
8 tbsp. of melted butter (1 stick)
2 cups of milk
4 cups of flour
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup of sugar
3 large or 4 smaller apples finely chopped
1/4 cup of cinnamon sugar mix
Heat oven to 375* and grease two cupcake pans. Mix all dry ingredients together. In a separate, large, bowl mix milk and eggs together. Mix about one cup of the dry mixture into the wet mixture, when combine add the melted butter. Slowly add the remaining dry ingredients into the bowl. When fully mixed, fold in 2/3 of the chopped apples.
Spoon mixture into the cupcake pans. Top each muffin with some of the remaining chopped apples and if needed, use a spatula to press them into the batter. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes.