Thursday, March 19, 2009
Muffins are cute. They don't need to be iced or decorated to look good and are SO easy to make and are SO good if made properly and are SO pretty if filled in cute paper cups and are, I believe, a tad healthier than cupcakes. Well tad or not, I just had to make some today because I came across some very cute and adorable paper cupcake cases and they just made me fall apart. If there is anything that will make me do anything they are flower prints. I would die for them. So it looks like I'll be making a whole lot of muffins or cupcakes for the next few weeks because I now have 192 cute and adorable cupcake cases waiting to be used. That was the smallest pack for sale and being me I just had to buy them.
These muffins are very tender, very moist and just nice sweet with bits of apple in every bite. The cinnamon in the streusel topping finishes it off beautifully. Lovely lovely puffin muffins! For breakfast, tea or in between. This recipe makes 8 muffins.
2 cups plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh milk
4 oz butter, melted and cooled
1 red or green apple chopped coarsely
Topping mixture :
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon powder
a handful of walnuts chopped medium fine
Make topping first....
Combine all ingredients for streusel and rub in the butter with finger tips until like breadcrumbs. Keep aside.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl and mix well. put in the chopped apples and mix a little.
In another bowl beat egg and sugar until combine. Pour in milk and mix. Add melted butter and mix again.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture and mix with a fork or a spatula. Stir until just mixed and the texture of the mixture looks like curdled or rancid milk with bit o flour still visible. DO NOT over mix or your muffins will be tough because the gluten in the flour would have been activated.
Scoop mixture into a muffin tin lined with paper cases until almost full. Top with streusel mixture and bake in 200 C oven for 10 minutes and then turn down the temperature to 180C and bake another 10n minutes.