After an insanely busy week, I am so happy to sit down with a cup of tea and just…relax. It has got to the point in the semester where you don’t know which book to start reading first. I’m naturally a worrier, the kind that worries about worrying, so it doesn’t take long for the academic pressure to get to me. So, to avoid the headaches, I have given myself a couple of days off where I focus on the blog, baking, wining and dining, and Netflixing.
This recipe is actually from last Sunday, when I thought a breakfast comprised of spiced apple muffins was perfectly acceptable. They go incredibly well with hot cocoa and Dean Martin’s “Let it snow!” in the background.
THE RECIPE – makes 12 muffins
Ingredients – Muffins
* 360g self-raising flour
* 150 g sugar
* 150 g butter (melted)
* 150 ml semi-skimmed milk
* 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1 tsp ground cinnamon
* 2 eggs
* splash vanilla extract
Ingredients – Apple mixture
*3 small apples
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 tbsp caster sugar
Ingredients – Icing
*6 tbsp icing sugar
*2 tbsp boiling water
*1/4 tsp cinnamon
*1 tsp vanilla extract
- For the apple mixture: Peel, core and chop the apples into small pieces.
- Move to a pan along with a small knob of butter, 1tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp caster sugar. Stir until all the apple pieces are covered with sugar and cinnamon, then leave on low heat until they begin to soften. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
- For the muffins: Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together and leave aside.
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C/ 400°F.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract well until the mixture turns pale yellow.
- Add the melted butter and mix well. Sift in the dry ingredients and fold using a large metal spoon, then add the milk and mix well. The batter will be slightly sticky.
- Line a 12-hole muffin tin, then add a tablespoon of batter to each one. Next, split the spiced apple pieces evenly between the cases, then cover with the rest of the batter.
- Transfer to the oven and leave for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- For the icing: Add the icing sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a small bowl, then carefully add the water and stir until fully combined.
When the muffins have cooled, drizzle with icing and enjoy!