Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pink Lady Apple Spice Muffins


Growing up in the Midwest in the 70's, there was not a lot of fruit choices in the winter months as I recall.  Basically, fresh produce consisted of apples, oranges, bananas, iceburg lettuce, potatoes, and onions.  The time of plentiful had not yet arrived...  No Costco or Sam's on every corner with their fresh raspberries flown in from Peru in February.  No farmer's market in January meeting in a local farm's barn on Saturday mornings with fresh goodies grown in "greenhouses".  The lucky ones had domesticated mommas who stored up in the freezer all sorts of yumminess for their families to have when the North winds blew and the snow reached epic proportions as the little ones walked uphill to school and uphill back home with cardboard in their shoes....  Yeah, I had an eccentric, artsy mom.  No berries in January, apples, oranges, bananas, iceburg lettuce, potatoes, and onions were in our kitchen, plain and simple.

So it was with some nostalgia that I looked at a bowl of Pink Lady apples sitting on my kitchen cupboard a few weeks ago and decided to make a muffin.  Here it is, Pink Lady Apple Spice Muffins.  Although filled with good for you ingredients, do not be afeard, they taste delicious.  They are a heavy muffin, yet moist and tasty with a definite spiciness to them.  If you do not have food allergies in your family as we do regarding differing types of apples, I would definitely consider switching up to your basic Granny Smith Apple, which would lend a crunchier, tartier taste to the muffin.  Granny Smith excluded, the Pink Lady apple held up well and gave the muffins a softer taste with the spices.  Give them a try.  My dear family loved them!

Pink Lady Apple Spice Muffin


Ingredients:
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry
1 cup white flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tablespoon maple sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup milk
 4 tablespoons applesauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 cups diced Pink Lady Apples
extra sugar to top muffins

Instructions:
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flaxseed meal, whole wheat pasty flour, white flour, wheat germ, oatmeal, sugar, maple sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt.  Gently stir in apples to coat with flour mixture.

3.  In a small bowl, combine the milk, half and half, oil, applesauce, and egg.  Mix well.

4.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.  Pour the milk mixture into the well all at once.  Gently fold with a large spoon until all the dry ingredients are moistened.  Be sure to not over fold the mixtures together.  The batter should have some lumpiness.

5.  Spoon the batter into large muffin tin that has been sprayed with Pam.  Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a little sugar.

6.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.  Enjoy!

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. (George Bernard Shaw)