Fall Muffins on a hot summer day

8/28/2013



Last weekend at the Farmer's Market I bought a big bag of local apples, envisioning myself making lots of apple crisps. Then the heatwave struck, and temperatures in our house climbed to 85 degrees. I was not about to turn on the oven and add more heat!

A couple of days ago I bit the bullet and decided to make these Apple Spice Muffins. It was worth the added heat, I think. These muffins were delicious, with just the right amount of spice. I always freeze my muffins immediately after baking, so that I can take out two in the morning for breakfast or pop them in our lunches. When I grabbed a couple from the freezer today to photograph, I was amazed at all the leaves in the background! Today was officially the hottest day of 2013, and it comes at such a funny time as September is fast approaching. Clearly the leaves are following the calendar year and not the actual temps outside.

Apple Walnut Muffins:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup pecans or walnuts (3 1/2 ounces), coarsely chopped

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Grease muffin pan.

Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl until combined well, then add butter, a little at a time, whisking until mixture is creamy. Stir in applesauce, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened. Stir in nuts and divide batter among muffin cups. Bake muffins for about 20 minutes until puffed and golden.

*The original recipe calls for a crumb topping which I omitted. 

2 comments:

Marta Vodrey said...

Erika, you're always baking awesome recipes! These sound delicious...and I love walnuts in baking, especially when they're toasted. Will have to try this one out for sure!

pinning it!

.:Marta:.

Nicolette said...

I love filling the freezer with muffins too. They make a great secret healthy "treat" in my daughter's lunch box. She thinks they are cupcakes, so I get awesome Mom points ;) Thanks for joining the Mixing Bowl Party!