Sweet Baboo and I like muffins for breakfast. They are easy to make, easy to eat on the go and there are no dishes to wash. Win-Win!
These beauties have been a perennial favourite. They are toothsome and VERY apple-y. I’ll bet you can’t stop at just one. I want one now even though it is bed-time – the whole house smells like cinnamon. YUM!
First, spoon two cups of apple butter into a large bowl and add 1 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup melted butter. Stir with a spoon until the mixture looks soft and silky, like this:
In a separate bowl, combine:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Note: You could just use 2 cups of any sort of flour rather than the two types I have listed along with the oatmeal. I like to mix things up…..sometimes the oatmeal gets replaced with 1/2 cup cocoa for rich, dark chocolate muffins – put in what you are hankering for. 🙂 I also rarely use the cloves because I like to experiment with spices to see what I like. (Can you hear Sweet Baboo groaning? Experiment is a bad word in his books. Let’s call it flirting with spicy adventure! Uh-oh. The groaning is getting louder…)
The dry mixture looks like this:
At this point, before I combine the wet and dry mixtures, I turn the oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit so it can preheat. While I am waiting for it to come up to temperature, the muffin tins come out of hiding, the parchment paper baking cups are placed and THEN I mix. The baking soda in the recipe means that you have to mix quickly and the dough will be fluffy rather than wet and sticky. Maybe a picture is better – here’s what the dough looks like spooned into the baking cups. See how it doesn’t sink in? It just mounds up higher and higher. That’s ok – it will sort itself out in the oven.
25 minutes in the oven is all it takes. They will come out slightly springy and soft – then you know they are perfectly done.
See? They levelled out nicely. Flip them out of the pan onto the counter to cool for 3-5 minutes before you cover and store them in the fridge to enjoy later.
Is it breakfast time yet?