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Friday, October 19, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins


Award winning Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins- www.hunwhatsfordinner@hotmail.com



A few months ago, I had entered a few recipes into the Home Baking Competition, for Canada's Baking and Sweets Show. Out of the 5 recipes, this muffin recipe was chosen to go to the final judging panel. It's a little funny, because this recipe was one that I just sent in, not thinking it would get picked and the recipes that I thought would have a chance, to be chosen didn't, LOL. So, I went to Toronto for the show and to sit as the judges tasted and criticized my muffins. BOY, what is ever nerve wracking!!! The judges seemed to think we were competing in an episode of Chopped, since they weren't being very nice and their comments were far from constructive. I sat through 2 dessert categories, before it was time to judge the Apple Cinnamon Muffins. My heart was pounding and as I heard the judges destroy the first 2 muffin recipes, I felt sick to my stomach. I was so relieved that the judges said that just by looking at my muffins, they were going to enjoy them.

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The only criticism, I received was that the judges would have liked chunks of apple, in the muffins, rather than shredded apples. Hey, I'll take that anytime, LOL. It was so amazing, to win a competition, for one of my recipes. Being a food blogger and creating recipes, is what I love to do; but when I can get recognition for my hard work, it always feels nice. I came home with a new Delta Pilar Faucet with Touch 2.0 technology and a new Breville Bread Machine. I've yet to open my prizes, but I've convinced my Mom, to bring home my old bread machine; which means I'll be able to play with my new toy very soon. These muffins aren't too sweet and they have a wonderful cinnamon sugar streusel topping. They are tender and have a nice mild apple taste to them. Everyone really enjoys them and they are a perfect treat for the kids lunch box.

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
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Topping:

1/4 C brown sugar, packed
2 Tbs flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
1 tbs margarine or butter, softened

Muffins:

1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
2/3 C milk
1/4 C vegetable oil
3/4 C shredded cooking apple (such as Granny Smith and/or McIntosh), packed

Topping: Combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in center. Beat egg, milk and oil in a small bowl. Add apple and stir together. Pour into well and stir until just moistened. Grease 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Fill cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle topping over batter in each cup. Bake at 400 degrees fro 15-20 minutes, until golden and toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool. Makes 12 muffins


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2 comments:

Cynthia L. said...

What a wonderful story attached to this recipe! I would have been so nervous! Good for you and I bet you will enjoy your new prizes! I have a lot of apples from our trees and this recipe will help me use some of them up!

Thank you for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday! We look forward to seeing what you offer for us next week!

Cynthia at http://feedingbig.blogspot.com/

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
Miz Helen