In the words of Bing Cosby & others: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
This weekend I brought my Christmas tree home and decorate it – this year it is glistening in cold sliver and pure white – beautiful!
As a little reward for lugging the tree, I made myself a treat: apple muffins -fluffy, moist and tasting of Christmas.
Ok, carrying the tree up a few stairs really was not that much work, but then these muffins are effortless and rather healthy so …. a perfect treat for a lazy Saturday…
…and a quiet Sunday…
….and on a wintery….eh monday.. (they seemed even moister the second day, but I did not have enough to test anything more than that)
(from the blog ‘Texanerin‘)
Serves: 6-10 muffins
130g (1 cup) whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice (DE, NL: Piment – you can grind the berries in a coffe grinder)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
90ml (1/4 cup) mild olive oil
70ml (100g, 1/3 cup) honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
60ml (1/4 cup) buttermilk (see tip for alternatives)
about 1 (180g / 1 cup) apple
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 175C. Place 6-10 liners into a muffin tin.
- Mix the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk together oil, honey, vanilla and egg. When it is has combined
- Add buttermilk.
- Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Mix carefully and quickly; do not overwork.
- Peel the apple and cut into small cubes.
- Fold the apple into the batter.
- Fill liners with batter.
- Combine sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the muffins.
- Bake until done (until a skewer comes out clean). Around 15-25 minutes.
Tips & Variations
- I have not tried it, but spelt flour might work instead of whole wheat
- If you do not have buttermilk: mix 60ml milk with 1/2 tbsp (apple) vinegar or lemon juice and allow to sit for 5 minutes – the original recipe also suggests (vanilla) yoghurt as an alternative