Wow it has been a long time since I have posted something. I am not entirely sure where the time has gone. All of the sudden, the summer is behind us and autumn is in full swing. In fact, there are frost warnings tonight in my area. Now I have to admit that I am a warm weather gal. By the end of the winter, I am about ready to jump out of my skin after being “trapped” inside all winter long.
Now with all that being said there are a few things that I actually look forward to as the weather gets chillier and one of those is apples. My daughters absolutely love apples. They average 2 each everyday. Let’s hope that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Due to our love of apples, I buy them or pick them in large quantities. Especially if I ever want to get any to bake with or turn into applesauce.
Sunday morning my older daughter asked if we could bake something. Inside I suggested that we make applesauce (recipe coming soon) due to having bought 10 lbs. of apples recently. She had a blast using the apple slicer, dicer and coring machine. I have to admit that this is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets too. If you do not already have one, I highly recommend that you pick one up. Then Sunday afternoon, I picked up another 10 lbs. of apples. We are literally up to our elbows in apples right now. One thing to keep in mind though is that when making applesauce, it takes a lot of apples to make a sauce. My 10 lbs. of apples made 6 pints of sauce.
Tonight we made the rest of the applesauce and as I giving it a final stir I got to thinking that maybe I should use a bit of it to make muffins. I love applesauce muffins. They are moist, delicious and healthy. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Here is what you need:
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
3/4 c. AP flour
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. applesauce
3/4 c. sugar (I like to use the Truvia sugar blend)
1 egg white
3 tbsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. wheat germ (optional, but so tasty)
3/4 c. craisins or raisins
Here is what you do:
First preheat your oven to 400 degrees. The mix all the wet ingredients together and stir just until combined. Next slowly add the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Finally, stir in the craisins. Line a muffin tin with muffin wrappers or spray with nonstick spray. Then fill each tin almost to the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown. These are truly delicious. I love them smeared with a little butter but my kids like them right out of the muffin wrapper. They are a treat for the whole family.
What is your favorite apple recipe? Do you like to bake with them or use them in more savory dishes? I would love to hear from you!