With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Outdoor Wednesday ~ The Promenade & Apple Muffins

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ The Promenade & Apple Muffins

After enjoying lunch at Panera Bread we (I) spent some time snapping pictures on a cloudy, overcast day. No Shadow Shot pictures this day!
These photos were taken at The Promenade, an up-scale shopping plaza in the business area of our town.
Dormant trees lining the road in and out.
Even in January there is vibrant color in these bushes.
A pair of statues enjoying a game of checkers.
More statues intended for the enjoyment of those strolling by.
Back home, it was into the kitchen to warm up and make some homey apple muffins. Nothing fancy but full of rustic goodness. They are on the dense side with a crisp outside and tender inside and loaded with apple and raisins.
They are a hearty breakfast favorite in our home.
Apple Raisin Muffins
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
  • HEAT 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.

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
* Made 10 muffins instead of 12
Joining Susan of A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!


Mildred said...


Susan Wicker said...

Oh L.....the muffins look sumptuous. Loved the photos, too, of the sculptures. The two people playing chess was especially unique. Thanks so much for your post. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Abounding Treasures said...

The muffins look delicious and your photos, as always, are great!!!

Tara said...

Great pics of your day! The recipe looks delicious. Gonna grab that one.

chubskulit said...

Those are beautiful photos!

Frosty Outdoors

marie said...

The Promenade looks like a very nice place to stroll around snapping photos! The pair of checker players is fun.
I would love to get in the habit of baking regularly...and I'd like to start with these apple muffins! YUM!

Light and Voices said...

Those muffins look delicious. May I have one? Thanks! Yummy!!!
Joyce M

Eden said...

Beautiful series of pictures. The muffin looks very yummy.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love Panera! Haven't been in awhile, I'm going to try and get out next week to do some shopping and then stop on my way home for some soup! The statues look really fun! The muffins look delicious as always! Enjoy your day!

LV said...

What a great variety of things for today. I liked them all, but thought the checker players were neat.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing. The muffins look so good.

Regina said...

Hello LDH.
Beautiful photos and captures!.
Great outdoor post.

Have a nice day.

Lenore said...

Oh, I'm drooling already looking at your fabulous muffins.

crochet lady said...

Those are interesting statues.

You have so many wonderful recipes. Those muffins sound great!

Ann said...

The photos are great. I like those statues playing checkers.
The muffins look very yummy. I might have to give that recipe a try

ellen b said...

Love the statues and the water spout but the muffin is calling my name!! :0)

Lori E said...

Isn't it nice when there is still some color in the middle of winter. That is a beautiful shrub.

Kathy said...

Panera has lots of yummy things! Nice pictures of some fun statues!


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