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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Baked Apple Muffins

I try to make at least one or two baked treats a week for my kids to enjoy when they get home from school. On other days they have fruit or veggies or some cheese.

Today was their lucky day. I wanted to make muffins and found a delicious recipe in Family Feasts for $75 a Week - a great book for families! I tweaked the recipe ever so slightly. My favorite tweak was substituting half the milk with kefir milk - next time I will substitute all.

Mind you this isn't a 100% REAL treat, but it is 100% healthier than any muffin you are going to buy at the store. My kids all thought they were amazing and wanted me to make them at least once a week - we will see!


Baked Apple "Donuts" Muffins.
(makes about 24)

3 cups all-purpose flour (I used King Arthurs' Organic)
1 cup sugar - I used rapidura
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp salt - I used sea salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable shortening - I used coconut oil
2 large eggs - beaten - I used the free range eggs from my very own chickens
1 cup milk - I used half raw and half kefir
2 cups cored and finely diced apples
Topping:
1/2 cup (1 stick of butter) this was way too much I will cut this in half next time
1 cup sugar  (I used about a half cup)
2 tsp ground cinnamon --I used about 3 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon - we love cinnamon!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12 cup muffin tin. (I just used my finger and the coconut oil that was still in the measuring cup)
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg using a fork. Add the coconut oil and work into the mixture using a fork or pastry blender until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. (I just used my hand to mix it up.)
3. Combine eggs, milk, kefir, and apples. Add to the flour mixture, stir just until blended.
4. Spoon batter into the muffin cups - REMEMBER this makes 24 and don't try and fit it all in, it just won't work I tell ya - I used what didn't fit to make mini muffins (even better - yum!)
5.  While the donuts are baking, melt the butter and put in a small bowl (I used my toaster oven). Put the cinnamon/sugar combo into another bowl.
6. After the muffin/donuts cool some - but are still warm dunk them first in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon/sugar yumminess.

Evidentally you can freeze these for later - I wouldn't know, we didn't have any leftovers.

Thoughts:
1. these are amazing - I bet it would be a great bread also.
2. Josh wants me to put cinnamon in the batter as well.
3. This is definitely on the list of great food to take to a Football party!
4. They were even better made in mini muffin cups. 

I am linking this to My Sweet and Savory's My Meatless Mondays and
fudgeripples Tuesday Night Supper Club
plus Slightly Indulgent Tuesday @ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Tasty Tuesday @ Dr. Laura's
and finally WOOHOO - Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-thursdays - A is for Apples!

Please go check out all the wonderful links at these carnivals - lots of great stuff!

26 comments:

  1. these would definitely be welcome at any football party...filling, yummy and healthy-ish. i do love anything with apples! thank you for linking up to TNSC

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  2. This looks yummm!!!!! Lovely muffins.. I love muffins..

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  3. Wow, those sound good. Would you come over to my house and make them for me, so I can have some when I get home from school, please.

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  4. The muffins look fantastic!

    I also try to bake something a couple of times for my kids. And even though it isn't "realfood" it is homemade goodness. Since their tastebuds have been refined through quality homebaked goods, my kids (politely)turn their noses up to any of the processed, chemical-laden baked goods. So I feel that a little homebaked goodness compliments a diet that is primarily composed of realfood.

    I'll step off my soapbox now. :-)

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  5. Oh Christy I love donut muffins. I made them a few months ago and they were devoured! These sound even better as they have the addition of apple. A great fall treat!

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  6. Alea, that is how I feel - any treat I make is like 100x better than oh, say Oreo's - and my treats are made with LOVE!!

    Brenda - I think the apple is the secret to the muffin/donuts!

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  7. Oh my gosh, Christy...these sound soooo awesome! I just know my kiddos would LOVE them...and me, too =)

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  8. Yummy! I see you used King Arthur Flour. Hubby and I have been eyeing it in the store, but not sure if we should spend the extra money in buying it over Gold Medal or whatever other flour we happen to be getting. What are your thought on it?

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  9. Heather - they are so good!

    Stacia - I think it is worth it - I like knowing that it is organic - whenever possible I try and purchase either local or organic foods.

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  10. OK, YUM - Apple donut muffin? My address is....

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  11. Yumm!
    haha Terra, I was just thinking the same thing... My address is...

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I sorta can't believe that I am actually not one of the last on Ms. Jenny's roster! (Hm...maybe it's our new substitute that did the trick!)

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  12. this does look yummy and i bet it makes a ton of mini muffins!

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  13. Actually. I was going to have 'A is for Apples' for my A-post and do a step-by-step recipe with photos. But my off-line life changed my plans. Ironically, I wrote a poem about a word that does not describe me at all right now. Cutting corners everywhere!

    But I do have some apples. I may try your recipe!
    Best wihes,
    Anna
    Anna's A-word(Mrs.Jenny-Rd2)

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  14. These sound delish! I think I should try these out on my grandchildren the next time they visit!

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  15. Christy, this looks great! I am always looking for some great snack ideas for the kids, and now that it's apple season, I am about to be in an abundance of apples too! Perfect recipe for this.

    Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday!

    To your success,
    Dr. Laura

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  16. Hi! I found your blog from the Tuesday Night Supper Club. I love it! I would love to invite you over to visit my blog and perhaps join my Thursday Carnival (it's been a bit of a slow start) at Around My Family Table. Thanks.

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  17. All I can say is OH MY GOSH. Those look so good to me right now.

    (Can you tell I haven't eaten breakfast yet?)

    ;)

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  18. Cinnamon is a must for these. The recipe sounds great and they look delicious.

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  19. With a cup of great tea I could inhale several of these.

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  20. Yum, I can almost smell them all the way up here!

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  21. Okay Christy,
    I made these this afternoon, and they were yummy! Great recipe! Thanks again for sharing @ WhoIsLaura.com

    Dr. Laura

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  22. They do look rather good! Shame I'm trying to lose some weight :(

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  23. These look different and delicious! King Arthur products are wonderful, aren't they?

    Everytime the catalog comes I pour over it...and drool.

    I bet you could do this with pears, too!

    Thanks for the delicious stop on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday!

    A

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  24. Love your take on this dish. Yum! Kefir is a favorite of mine - my dogs like it, too. :)

    I appreciate you sharing what you'd do differently next time. It's always helpful because, at least in my life, recipes are always a work in progress. Thanks for linking to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

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  25. We made these this afternoon. Yum!

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