Last week I picked up Cortland Apples at the store. They looked really nice, well rounded and plump, one that would tempt Snow White.
Cortland apples are snow white inside and are tart. Better suited for baking or making a chutney, IMO.
I decided to bake. Something simple. Baking is not my strong point. I have regular bouts of panic and a low self-image whenever I plan on baking, but of course, I don't give up. I follow every word of the recipe and watch the oven like a hawk every time I pop something into it. And they say baking is therapeutic. Hah!
So to start with, I searched high and low for a recipe that suited my requirement. Simple, required just 2 apples and I could use ingredients that I had at home.
I found just that!
I made these for Children's Day (celebrated in India on 11/14) for my little one (who takes it for granted that I can bake) and also (virtually) for young T (My BFF Lisa's son), who has touching faith in my culinary abilities. He rates my baking skills highly (and that, is what makes me want to bake, this innocent faith that the boys have in me).
I have modified the recipe slightly. For the exact recipe, click here.
To start with, this recipe yielded more than 12 muffins ( I have a 12-standard sized cupcake pan). I'd say 16, maybe. So I made 12 muffins and used a pie dish to make a smallish cake which was cut into wedges.
1/2 cup Canola /vegetable or other neutral oil
1/2 cup Granulated sugar
3/4 cup Demerara sugar (original recipe calls for dark brown sugar)
1 large Egg
1 cup buttermilk
2 Cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
**1 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
2 Apples (I used Cortland), peeled and chopped
Pre-heat the oven at 375 deg. F. Grease the pan or line it with liners and grease them and set aside.
Beat the Oil and sugar together.
* The original recipe calls for using the granulated sugar and just 1/4 cup of the brown sugar to be mixed in butter and beat it till fluffy. I have used oil instead of butter and did not reserve any sugar, but creamed it all at once.
Add the egg and mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl as required.
Slowly add the buttermilk.
Add the Flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Gently fold in the apple.
Add the mixture to the ready muffin pan / liners, dividing equally.
Bake for 30 mins or until a toothpick inserted, comes out clean.
Cool the muffins in the pan for about 10 mins and then on a rack.
Enjoy as a tea-time treat or in the lunch box or when you want.
* If you have reserved any brown sugar, sprinkle it on top of the batter and then bake.
**The original recipe calls for 1 Tbsp. of ground cinnamon, I dislike a very strong whiff of cinnamon and therefore used just 1.5 tsp.
These muffins are deliciously moist because of the oil and the apples, of course and mildly sweet.
(those who do not like fruit pieces in their food (as they tend to become soft) may not approve. )
The reserved sugar will provide a nice crunch when baked. The next time I will try it or make a streusel topping.