Unfortunately, I have been feeling like I haven't yet had the chance to really enjoy the best parts of fall. You see, midterms inconveniently land at the peak of fall, and I have been writing papers and studying for exams instead of hiking mountains and carving pumpkins. Most of all, I have been missing the smell of apple pies and pumpkin breads baking in the oven. Yesterday I decided to slow down and take the time to really enjoy my favorite season. Fall will be gone before we know it, replaced with that disgusting excuse for a season called winter. I can't just sit by writing papers and let that happen! I didn't have the time for a hike, but I took Peanut for a nice long walk and made some muffins with my favorite fall flavors. Here's what I came up with:
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
Recipe adapted from Mangoes and Palm Trees
Yield: 2 dozen medium-sized muffins
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup loosely packed dark brown sugar
1 Tbs baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups Macintosh apples, finely diced (I left the skins on)
2 Tbs all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into tiny cubes
Step one: prepare your streusel. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and cut butter into the rest of the ingredients until crumbly. Set aside.
|Assemble your muffin ingredients|
|Finely dice your apples|
|In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Set aside.|
|Gently fold in the apples, just until incorporated.|
|Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full, then top with streusel|
Cool in pans on wire racks for five minutes, then transfer muffins directly to wire racks to finish cooling completely.
These muffins were just what I needed for my taste of fall. They were moist and pumpkin-y and apple-y and crunchy on top- everything a fall muffin should be. It was also a great way to start off a long day of homework. There is nothing like a muffin warm out of the oven and a cup of coffee on the balcony to put you in a good mood.
I decided that some of my friends needed a little taste of fall as well, so I packaged some up and gave them away to spread that beautiful autumn spirit.
Here's hoping that you have a chance to slow down and appreciate this beautiful fall day.
Love and cookies,