Friday, December 26, 2014

Day After Christmas Breakfast: Harvest Apple Muffins

Christmas isn't over...until the fat lady sings!

One remembrance of Christmas that I have is receiving an orange and an apple in my stocking each year.

It's a tradition that my mom started and that I've maintained. Some traditions bring back the best memories and are just worth continuing don't you think?

With that, I'm sharing a recipe with you today to use those apples in a wonderful day after Christmas breakfast.  YUM YUM!  Full of fresh tart, sweet, apples and DIE for!

This recipe makes 6 but you can certainly double it for a dozen.  As for the apple, I found a new apple at the store the other day.  It comes from New York and it's call Macoun.  I must say it is a tasty apple...a little tart, a little sweet, but nice and crisp, I just loved it!  You can use your favorite apple as long as it is a good firm apple.  Ones like red delicious tend to be a little mushy for baking, so choose a firm one like, Jazz, Pink Lady, Pippin, or Granny Smith.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Try these muffins today to extend that holiday feeling a little bit longer.


Harvest Apple Muffins

Makes: 6 muffins

1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 T brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples; about 1 large apple

Topping:  1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease 6-cup muffin pan.
Mix together the oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar, beating until fluffy. Add the egg and milk and mix well, stopping once to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Fold in the chopped apples.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, sprinkling the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar on top. Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Remove the muffins from the oven, cool them for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan.  

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