Fruitful Friday

September 20, 2013

TFI Friday!
And Fruitful Friday, for anyone doing the Better Food for All Challenge for Waste Less Live More week.


At this time of year, there is lots of FREE fruit about.
Blackberries (I blogged about free jam over on the Pinaddicts blog a week or so ago), elderberries (to make your Christmas gin), and of course apples.
This year has apparently been a bumper crop, and we have had bags gifted to us from our neighbour, a friend, and my parents.
We are bobbing in apples.
No bad thing.

So, I have made apple jam, an apple frangipane tart, we have had baked apples and stewed apple, and also these delicious apple muffins, that I adapted from Nigella’s Apple and Cinnamon Muffins in her Kitchen Book.

This is what you need:

  • 2 eating apples
  • a handful of raisins/sultanas
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g light brown soft sugar+4 tsp for the topping
  • 125ml honey
  • 125ml sunflower oil
  • 60ml natural yogurt, or 60ml full fat milk and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 eggs

This is what you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180Cfan/gas mark 6
  • Line your muffin tins, or oil them lightly
  • Peel and core the apples and then cut them into approx 1cm dice
  • Measure the flour, baking powder, sugar and 1tsp of the cinnamon into a bowl
  • In a jug, whisk the honey, yoghurt/milk and lemon combo, oil and eggs and whisk together to mix
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, and then add the apple and raisins and mix again, but be careful not to over-mix
  • Dollop the mix into the muffin tray
  • Mix the remaining tsp cinnamon with the 4tsp brown sugar and sprinkle this on top
  • Bake for about 20 minutes-until they are well risen and golden
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10mins before removing to cool on a wire rack

These are fantabulous. And they have fruit in them. And aren’t too bad on the sugar/fat stakes.
So dig in!
Happy Friday everyone :)

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