As you can see I have a glut of Apples and I’m cooking and baking with them constantly right now. These Apple Crisp Breakfast Muffins are sweet but a lot of the sweetness comes from the fruit and not sugar. Having said that the crispy topping is not so healthy but I imagine that these muffins will be eaten on the weekend when everyone deserves a treat.
- 2 large cooking apples
- 250g of plain flour
- 50g of dark brown soft sugar
- pinch of salt
- half a heaped teaspoon of ground ginger
- half a heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- 100g unsalted butter, cut in to small pieces
- 200ml of semi skimmed milk
For the topping
- heaped tablespoon of plain flour
- heaped tablespoon of jumbo oats
- heaped tablespoon of dark soft brown sugar
- 50g of unsalted butter
- half a teaspoon of cinnamon
- 50g of chopped pecans
Pre-heat the oven to 180c
Peel and cut both of the apples in to small pieces. Set aside.
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger together.
Mix in the butter to create a crumble
Add the beaten egg and mix
Add the milk and mix
Fold the chopped apple in gently so as not to crush the apple pieces
Grease a large muffin tin and spoon the mixture in to the tin dividing equally
Crumble together the flour, oats, sugar, butter and cinnamon and then mix in the chopped pecans
Sprinkle the topping over the top of each filled muffin case
Bake in the oven for approx thirty mins or until a knife comes out clean
Wait ten mins before removing the muffins from the tin
Breakfast on the weekend can be an occasion. If you have guests staying or you just want to treat the people you live with, waking up to a planned breakfast on a Saturday morning can be a lovely thing. Before the kids go off to their clubs and before you head out to the shops, to be able to stop just for twenty minutes and enjoy a quick muffin, either outside or at the table, is something we don’t often give ourselves the opportunity to do. It’s not too late to feel the sun on your face.
These particular muffins are all about the smell they create while they are baking. Seriously, when I made these the smell went right up the stairs and filled the house. It’s that autumnal baking smell of cinnamon and sugar mixed up in the hot oven that never fails to make me feel like I’m in exactly the right place and doing exactly the right thing no matter what else is going on around.
How much power does the word ‘cosy’ hold?
When a place or an event is cosy it means you never want to leave and if you have to then you want to take that feeling with you and create it wherever you are. I’ve known many homes that are cosy but I’ve also known many desks in offices, many shops on the high street, many gardens, many streets that are cosy and I’ve even been lucky enough to know people that are cosy. You know those people too don’t you? They are people who wrap you up in their personalities and make you feel like you never want to leave them. They invite you in to their generosity of spirit and make you want to be a better person. We create cosy. We give it. We share it. We grow in it.
THAT is the power of cosy.
I’m glad I’ve got that off my chest.
Have a fantastic weekend. I’m working on my own sort of cosy right now. Getting sorted and enjoying purging the house of huge amounts of stuff that I’ve accumulated and never sorted before moving house.
But I’ll be making time for breakfast too. My twins love these muffins and I allow them as a treat because they tend to eat their veggies, after they’ve squished those veggies all over their faces, their hair and me!
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