Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tangy Apple and Blackberry Muffins

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the volume of apples currently smiling up at me from our dining room table. Perhaps it’s a bit of forager’s guilt... 

Did we collect too many? More than we can eat? How many apples do two people really need?

So today I made another effort to use up our collection of wind-fallen apples, by making apple and blackberry muffins. Our local blackberry bramble is still ripening, so we pop over every couple of days to collect another lot. We never seem to have too many blackberries.   



Back to the muffins. A quick search online indicated that recipes for twelve muffins often contain a cup of vegetable oil. I’m just not interested in consuming vegetable oil. So the following recipe is a melange of several I found online substituting ingredients in and out. 

The result, a sweet muffin offset by the tangy apples and blackberries. Delicious warm or cold! 

Recipe
300grams plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg
Pinch of salt
190grams brown sugar
230ml butter milk
100grams melted butter
250grams bramley apples (chopped into 1cm chunks)
150grams blackberries

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180C. Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar and salt.

Step 2: Beat the egg, butter milk, butter.

Step 3: Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture with a big wooden spoon. Drag it round slowly, making sure the ingredients are well mixed. Then drop in the apple pieces and blackberries and stir again.The mixture will change colour from cream to purple. Very satisfying.



Step 4: Spoon mixture into a muffin tray, lined with baking paper, or paper cases. 




Step 5: Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.Let them cool for a few minutes and eat the first one warm!


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