I was originally going to make raspberry and dark chocolate chip muffins (mmmmm), but we had quite a few apples that needed to be eaten so I settled on apple and cinnamon muffins. Great!
Recipe: Apple and cinnamon muffins (adapted from "Afternoon Tea"- Frankie magazine)
3 cups self-raising flour
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 apples, deseeded and chopped
2 cups milk
1 cup vegetable oil (I used rice bran)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Generously grease two 6-hole muffin pans. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sifted flours, sugar, cinnamon and apple. Add the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla and stir until just combined. Do not over mix. Divide the mixture evenly between the holes and bake for 30 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown.
First of all, the quantity of ingredients seems like a lot, so I simply halved the recipe and the mixture still made 12 muffins! So I suggest you do that too, unless you want larger muffins.
I loved these muffins, they were very wholesome! The small, soft apple chunks inside were delicious, the cinnamon gave it a boost and I also added a handful of walnuts! This is a great base muffin recipe, and you can basically add anything you'd wish. Raspberries, blueberries, chopped nuts, dried apricots, coconut, chocolate chips, lemon juice...etc.
What kind of muffins do you like baking?