Last Wednesday I woke up feeling in a baking mood. I think the excitement of the Great British Bake Off starting back on TV and everyone talking baking on Twitter made me want to get my apron on. I didn’t need to bake anything, I just felt like it. It was a day when we were staying at home (apart from getting my son’s hair cut ) it was all about catching up on jobs for me. My daughter was stuck up in her room doing Art coursework and my son had his friend round. So apart from the usual, I needed something exciting to do! So what did I do- well baking, of course! What else?
I’d had my eye on the Apple and Oat Muffins in the Great British Bake Off Everyday book. I love making muffins. Did you know my nickname was Muffin when I was little? My Dad called me that because I couldn’t say Samantha properly when I was little, it came out as Muffind! Mind you, I was dead clumsy as a child and still am very accident prone, I wondered if it was because I was like Muffin The Mule!
These gorgeous muffins were easy to make and ideal if you want to make something in a hurry. They took just under an hour from start to finish and tasted delicious with a large mug of steaming hot coffee. They’d be lovely for breakfast or a snack and I’m sorry to say but they do taste much nicer than the ones you get in chain coffee shops!
So, here’s how I made them :
First of all i made the crumbly topping for the muffins. This is made in the same way as a crumble. Flour, porridge oats, demerara sugar and butter were rubbed in together to form the topping.
Some unsalted butter was put into a bowl and melted gently in my microwave for about 30 seconds.
In another bowl I combined flour, porridge oats, caster sugar, baking powder and lemon zest. These were mixed together with a wooden spoon to combine them.
In another container I measured out some milk and added two beaten free range eggs.
I used two large Braeburn apples in these muffins. It didn’t say whether to peel them or not but I did. I kept the chunks quite large as I didn’t want them to reduce to nothing and go all mushy while baking!
The batter all ready to be spooned into paper muffin cases.
The batter was carefully divided between 12 muffin cases. I used plain brown ones which are fab. They are from my local Morrisons and they are ideal, they do not discolour or peel away from the muffins. Also they are a very reasonable price.
The crunchy crumble topping is then carefully sprinkled on the top of the unbaked muffins.
And half an hour later or so they were ready to come out of the oven.
Displayed on my new cake stand bought in the Lakeland sale for only £7.49 the other day.
I know I shouldn’t but the smell was too inviting! I just HAD to have a muffin with my elevenses!
When I told my kids I had made muffins and they asked what flavour they were, they said “Urgh, gross!” and “What did you have to put apple in them for?” Funny how they all disappeared very quickly. Either that or we have a cake ghost in our house!
Love Sam xx