Recipe for Apple Spice Muffins – serve for breakfast or afternoon tea

2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup finely diced tart apples
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins (I use golden raisins)
1/2 cup buttermilk

How to
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves. Stir with a whisk to aerate the mixture.

In the bowl of a Kitchenaid-type stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fully combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix for 1 minute.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the apples, walnuts and raisins.

Then, with the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour, followed by 1/2 of the buttermilk, and 1/2 of the fruit. Repeat until all ingredients are incorporated.

Use a disher (an ice cream scoop with a release) or a spoon to fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.

Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean.

Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm, or let cool completely and store in a container with an airtight lid for a day, or freeze.

Recipe provided by The Perfect Pantry.
All text and photographs copyright Lydia Walshin 2006-2010 – licensed under Creative Commons.

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