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Sep 092013
 

Sweet Apple Muffins

Can’t seem to get into the swing today and it’s not just because it’s Monday but because, I talked to my nephew today and we got talking about our trip up to see him at the beginning of October and now my head is mentally making a list of all the things to do before the trip to Pennsylvania and then on to Indiana. Then, I took the whole weekend off from the computer because I was in some type of funk and with all these excuses I have gotten off my chest, I need to get going with this recipe! As I said, this is National Apple Month and I know my last recipe was Apple Fritters, but I couldn’t resist adding this one too, as they are great in the morning with a cup of coffee and it is Breakfast Month to boot!

apple muffins

Sweet Apple Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups sifted flour
  • 3½ teas baking powder
  • ½ teas salt
  • ½ teas cinnamon, divided
  • ½ teas nutmeg, divided
  • 4 tbsp shortening
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apples
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and half of the cinnamon and half of the nutmeg.
  2. Cream together the shortening and ½ cup of the sugar until light and fluffy; stir in the egg.
  3. Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk and stir until combined.
  4. Fold in the apples and pecans.
  5. Fill lightly greased muffin pans or muffin pans with paper lining, ⅔ full.
  6. Combine the remaining spices with the remaining sugar and sprinkle on top of muffins.
  7. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let cool slightly before removing from pans.

 

Hoping to bring home some fresh apples from our excursion up north…………..enjoy!

Sep 062013
 

Apple Fritters With Beer And Brandy

September is Apple Month, and I guess because it’s time to start harvesting them up north. I can remember going to the orchards with my folks to get fresh apples and peaches for my mom to can. At one house we lived at, we had a pear tree that grew in our  front yard and my dad was always out there picking one, fresh off the tree to nibble on while he raked the leaves and when we lived in Brooksville, our neighbor also had one, which Kenny loved. Never a big fan of pears, I left those to the men of my life only having a bite of one once in awhile.

Brings back many great memories!

Brings back many great memories!

 

Apple Fritters With Beer And Brandy
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large Granny Smith apples
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1 teas orange zest
  • 1 teas lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted flour
  • ¼ teas salt
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 teas olive oil
  • ⅓ cup beer
Instructions
  1. Peel apples, core and cut into ½ inch rings
  2. Mix ¼ cup of the sugar, brandy and the zest of the lemon and orange; spoon over apple rings and let sit for 2 hours.
  3. Mix remaining sugar with the remaining ingredients; let sit for 1 hour.
  4. Dip apple rings into the batter, one at a time and deep fry in 375 degree oil until golden brown.
  5. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  6. Serve warm.

 

Hope you enjoy…………..

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