With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Apple Raisin Muffins

Monday, September 14, 2009

Apple Raisin Muffins

With big Brother off to school with his new lunch box and supplies, little Ella (the little girl I babysit) was feeling sad. So she told her mommy she was going to Mom-Mom school.
When she arrived with her own lunch box I thought it would be nice to add a little structured time to the day with a short "homework" (as Ella calls it) page and a related baking project. We played with the number 1, the Letter A(a) and apples. How's that for starting at the beginning!
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She was focused on our baking, enjoying the stirring, chopping, licking the spatula and nibbling on apple slices.
And proud of her pasting and coloring page.

Our muffins hot from the oven.
With a simple glaze and ready for munching... which we joyfully did.

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Apple Raisin Muffins
Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup milk (I like to add a splash more)
1 extra large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (large) peeled, finely chopped tart green apple
1 package (1 cup) Sun-Maid Baking Raisins
Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease or line 12 (2 -inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups.
 
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, mix well.
Combine butter, milk, egg, vanilla and apple. Add to flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in raisins. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. 

Bake at 400 F in upper third of oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For 24 mini muffins, bake 15-17 minutes.
VARIATION: Substitute grated carrot or zucchini for chopped apple.
Makes 12 muffins.
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RECIPE UP-DATE October 2011
I experimented with this recipe because I wanted to reduce the amount of butter and because I thought the batter a bit too dry.  I like the new results.  Here is what I changed:
* Decreased the butter to 1/4 cup
* Added 1/3 cup  unsweetened applesauce
* I made 10 muffins instead of 12

11 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a great idea to make your little granddaughter feel special! Yummy muffins!

C and C said...

What could be better then Mom-Mom school?!

marie said...

Sounds like a splendid day! I love the idea of a little "homework" along with some baking. I'm going to tuck that away in my gramma idea file...thanks for sharing.
Oh yes ~ those muffins look so Yummy!!

crochet lady said...

What a special helper! Those sure look good.

Mrs. Michele B said...

Those sure look delicious! Sounds like a fun day. (o:

Snippety Gibbet said...

"MomMom School." That is just too precious. I hope that someone records that in her scrapbook for posterity.

Mildred said...

Am I too old to attend your Mom Mom School? Looks like you two had a very special, memorable morning. Ella's photo mosaic is so adorable and the muffins sound like a great Autumn treat!

The Watts Family said...

Oh how sweet the muffins look fabulous!~Blessings Heather ;D

Janice said...

I used to love baking with my boys, children get so much pleasure from such a simple thing.

Miss Jen said...

YUM.....
Mrs.H, I want to make this soon!
They look FABULOUS!!!


Love~ Miss Jen

T's Daily Treasures said...

I have enjoyed browsing through your blog and love how you've included recipes and even pictures of when you bake with your grandkids. So sweet ! I don't know which recipe to try first which is why you are in my favorites so that I can keep coming back. Peace & blessings, Tammy

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