Two forgotten green apples sat in a fruit bowl as days passed away. Their tart, crisp attitude gave way to soften centers. Their bright skin became oily and dull. They were breaking down from neglect. Finally, they were rediscovered, but it was thought to be too late. No longer good eaten raw, the irresponsible owner placed a foot on the trashcan’s pedal to open the lid. Suddenly, a wild card thought crossed the mind. The melting of butter, measuring ingredients, and breaking eggs into a single bowl commences. The apple’s old skin was peeled away revealing a slightly soften texture and a bruised flesh. Their core was carved away, and the apples were diced to tiny pieces. The pieces were bathed in a cinnamon batter. Scooped into paper muffin cups. Sprinkled with brown sugar and nuts. They were placed into the oven. Two forgotten green apples were reborn as Apple Muffins.
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. white sugar
1-1/4 cup flour
1-1/2 tsp. of baking powder
a dash of salt
2 tsp. of cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 large or 2 small Granny Smith apples; peeled, cored and diced
Garnish with brown sugar and chopped nuts
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. Shift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
2. Mix egg, sugars, milk and melted butter in a large bowl.
3. Add flour and apples to the egg mixture. Do not over mix batter, for the batter should be a little lumpy.
4. Fill each paper liner in the muffin pan two-thirds full of batter. Sprinkle brown sugar and chopped nuts on top, don’t add too much garnish.
5. Place muffin pan in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.