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Apple Streusel Muffins


Posted at 06 Jan 2008 02:45:03 AM

I can't remember the last time I made something so good it required a blog posting. The closest I can think of would be my spicy lemon chicken risotto, and I think I forgot to actually post about that at the time (at least, so a search through my archives has revealed).

I've been craving apple streusel muffins all week. Don't ask me why, since I really wasn't sure that there was such a thing. Nevertheless, a google search revealed what I wanted to know, and this is the result:

Apple Streusel Muffins
Recipe from Diana Rattray at About.com

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/4 cup shortening
* 1 large egg, slightly beaten
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 cup chopped tart apples, cored and grated (1 apple, peeled and grated. The core made a nice place to hold on while grating. -ed.)

* Topping:
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts, or macadamia... -ed.)
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

PREPARATION:

Streusel Topping: In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, chopped pecans and ground cinnamon.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into mixing bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until fine crumbs form. Combine egg and milk. Add to dry ingredients all at once, stirring just enough to moisten.

Stir in apples. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Sprinkle with crunchy topping. Bake in 375 F. oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 12 muffins (10. -ed.)

The muffins are everything a muffin should be: moist, dense, spicy and filling. The topping is a bit crumbly, but again it's all to the good - one expects streusel to be not quite neat.

I highly recommend that you try this - it was an excellent way to use up an apple, and you won't be sorry you did!