I love baking. It’s not always a success (just ask my family about the never to ever be mentioned again microwave cake!!) but most of the time it turns out okay. I think I just generally love to cook and baking is something I often do with Alyssa because she enjoys it too…mostly eating the icing and sprinkles we tend to use but still it makes her happy. Two summers ago, we made Blueberry Breakfast Muffins (recipe is here) because we went to pick your own and had loads leftover and she really loved them. Recently she has been asking and asking for me to make her some more muffins and because I was ill, I simply didn’t have the energy. However, on my first feeling better day, I decided I would surprise her with some after school. However, I wanted to do something a little different. I was feeling really Autumnal and then suddenly remembered that I had been apple picking in the local orchard. So I decided to create delicious Apple Pie Muffins which quite honestly, without meaning to brag, are just to die for. Alyssa (and her friends) absolutely loved them and so did the family. So here is my super easy Apple Pie Muffin recipe.
Ingredients (makes 12)
For the Apple Pie Filling
50g unsalted butter
50g Caster Sugar
Splash of Water
NB. Make as much of this as you like, add more or less sugar and cinnamon depending on your tastes and don’t forget you can pop this in the freezer for use at a later date. I pop some in ice cube trays and then pop one out to put in porridge to make delicious, warming Apple Pie Porridge.
For the Muffins:
- 255g (9 oz) plain flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 100g (4 oz) caster sugar
- 60g (2 oz) butter
- 225ml (8 fl oz) semi-skimmed milk
- 300g Apple pie filling
- Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin, or line with paper muffin cups.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture alternately with the milk. Fold in the apple pie mix. Pour batter into prepared muffin tin – I used an ice cream scoop to get roughly the same amount in each.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.