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Fruitful Friday

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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  • Reply Waste Less Live More Week | My Make Do and Mend Year September 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

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  • Reply Sue September 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    We have a few apples trees and rhubarb so it’s lovely to have our own fruit, I always use our own plus any sad left over fruit and make my version of a fruit pasty! It’s great for using left over pastry and half way to a healthy snack!

    • Reply Jen September 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Fruit pasties sound delicious. Do you add stew the fruit first, or just add with a sprinkle of sugar?

      • Reply Sue September 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

        Just chop fruit up into small pieces and sprinkle with Demerara sugar.

        • Reply Jen September 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

          Great, thankyou!

  • Reply AffordableLiving September 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I knew there was a reason I follow your blog. Always so fresh, and just what I like to read after a long day of well, y’know those days. 🙂 Thanks. I’ve managed to pick some blackberries and nab a few apples but I’ll keep my eyes peeled. I agree with the planting on fruit trees. I’ve written to my local MP’s about the issue, of why we do not plant more of them. Essentially the reason, well in case one falls and hits you on the head. Or they create a mess if not eaten. 🙁

    • Reply Jen September 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      You are very kind-glad you are enjoying it.
      Hope you have a relaxing weekend after what sounds like a tough end of the week.

      • Reply AffordableLiving September 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Sadly my week ends on a Sunday. But I will enjoy my Monday. 🙂 It’s the thought that counts. Thankyou anyhow. 😀

        • Reply Jen September 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

          Enjoy it when it comes!

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