Apple, pecan and date muffins

23 March 2011 § 1 Comment

We are still in Farmers’ Market limbo. It is too early for new crops, so there were the usual few vendors at the Montclair Farmer’s Market on Saturday: Vacchiano Farms selling their meat and delicious potpies, Pickle-icious (bet you can’t guess what they sell) and Tree-Licious Orchards with their apples, amazing apple doughnuts, carrots and a few other winter vegetables.

The lovely Tree-Licious people are taking a well-deserved break before all the spring produce starts coming in April. So I ended up taking home a huge box of apples as they were going cheap, and I love a bargain.

To use some of the apples we made delicious apple, pecan and date muffins, a healthy snack for both kids and grown ups. The Ladies™ and a school friend helped me make them, I use help in a very loose sense of the word, actually it just involved them licking the bowl, but at least they took an interest in my cooking, even if they did have an ulterior motive.

Apple, pecan and date muffins – makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softenened
  • ½ cup superfine sugar (that’s caster sugar for you Brits)
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce (I chopped apples, added a bit of water and simmered for about 10 mins then mashed with a potato masher)
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecan
  • ½ cup chopped dates
  • 1 small red apple, thinly sliced
  • Sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put the cupcake wrappers in a 12-cup muffin pan.

Place the butter, sugar, flour and egg into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the applesauce, cinnamon, pecans and dates.

Spoon the batter into the cups. Lay the apple slices on top and sprinkle with some sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove cupcakes and cool on a rack.

So please email me if you have any good apple recipes. Merci Tante MoMo for the apple and almond tart recipe, will try that soon! Even though I have given away a few dozen apples the box does not seem to be going down much.

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