One of my favorite things about the arrival of fall is that it's apple season! We were blessed last week with a bag of freshly picked pears and apples from my sister's orchard (free is a very good price!). After munching on a few of each, we made up a batch of low-sugar pear jam, and, of course, we baked muffins. :)
Pear or apple?
Being out of a key ingredient for the pear muffin recipe we wanted to try [note to self: buy hazelnuts!], we decided on this recipe for apple cheddar muffins instead; we weren't disappointed and believe you won't be either -- enjoy!
Apple Cheddar Muffins
makes 12 muffins
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 c. Rapadura sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. butter or coconut oil, melted
1 medium tart apple, chopped
Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease muffin pan using coconut oil. Measure and stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and cheeses into a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg, then add the buttermilk and melted coconut oil or butter (we used coconut oil); stir in chopped apple.
Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir just until blended; don't over mix your muffin batter! [At this point, you'll realize you've forgotten to take pictures, so you should grab your camera... Everyone takes pictures when they're baking muffins, don't they?] Fill prepared muffin pan with batter using an ice cream scoop -- makes it super easy!
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until lightly golden (ours were perfectly done at 18 minutes). Allow to cool about five minutes before removing muffins to a wire rack. Enjoy these tasty muffins warm with real butter! Bon appetit!
Bet you can't guess what next week's muffin will be. :)
We would love to know if you give any of our muffin recipes a try. Let us know how they turn out or if you put a different spin on them. :)
This is the 38th installment in what will be, Lord willing, our year-long muffin adventure: Muffin Mondays! 52 Mondays, 52 Muffins. There are 14 more to come, stay tuned!
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