Somehow it’s muffin weather, and I have already consigned my sandals to the back of the closet (sob). So I was thinking muffins and when Jim brought back a bag of the first new apples of the season, started thinking of apple muffins. I found an interesting recipe for Apple-Cheddar Muffins in a Williams-Sonoma cookbook called Muffins & Quick Breads, and went for it. Oh, joy, they were really nice, with a fine, moist texture, little nubbins of apple and the indefinable, glowing, buttery flavor of the cheddar–you only catch interesting little hints of actual cheese. This muffin instantly won a permanent berth in my baking repertoire–they would be as at home on the Thanksgiving table as in a lunch bag or for a morning snack.
1 large, crisp apple
1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup finely grated Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place paper cupcake liners in pan.
Peel, halve and core the apple. Cut it into 1/8-inch dice; set aside.
In a large bowl, toss together the flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and melted butter until smooth. Stir in the apple and cheese. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
Spoon into the muffin tin, using all the batter in the 12 liners–it won’t overflow when baked. Bake for about 20 minutes; cool in tin for 3 minutes, then remove.
Baking notes: When I chopped up the apple, it came to 1 cup, and that worked. But I don’t think it’s a problem if you have a little more or a little less. Also, I didn’t peel the apple.
The garden is winding down, but I keep seeing interesting little creatures, like this dragonfly. I’m calling him Old Blue Eyes!
I must have birds on the brain, because this cloud looks like its flying.
The hostas are in bloom . . .
and the sparrows are as sweet as ever.
Here’s a young sparrow. Love him!
and, here is the newest addition to our household–we haven’t decided on his name. Jim opts for Moose (he’s a big cat), but I like Teddy (he’s big and cuddly). So we’ll see which one sticks! We found him at the Anderson Animal Shelter, and it was love at first sight. He had been abandoned, so much of his fur was matted and they had shaved it off–so he looks a bit moth eaten. Also, he doesn’t have all his teeth and is 8 years old. But he’s ours! He’s been busy exploring the house.
Turns out he is a natural food stylist! Here he is adjusting/eating some leaves.
Peace to you. Fran