Columbus Day weekend is upon here in the US. It’s a long weekend and you get to rest relax and try new recipes! (Okay, so maybe that’s not a thing…)
I did the hunting for a new recipe online and originally wanted pumpkin muffins but quickly decided to switch to apples. Why? Because I went apple-picking a few weekends ago and didn’t make one single solitary thing with those fresh-off-the-tree apples!! Doing my penance now and bought some lovely looking Gala apples for 99-cents a pound from the grocery store. (Don’t you love apple season??!)
[Total aside: We went apple picking at Harvest Mood Orchard & Farm in North Salem, NY which is 60 miles outside of New York City. (The apple tree in the picture was off-limits as those apples are not ready yet!) Did I mention they have awesome pumpkins to pick from pumpkin mile?]
Okay, back to the baking! After about a quarter of an hour, I happened upon Emeril Lagasse’s apple muffin recipe with a streusel topping. It seemed like it would be good so off to the grocery went I and the little toddler baby girl. Yes, a toddler in a grocery store. I really wanted apple muffins!
I get in and begin putting it all together. This is the classic dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in the other. The topping is made in yet a third bowl. The recipe calls for buttermilk but I used half-n-half (I react a bit better to this form). As a result, my muffins were not as moist as they could be but still very delicious! The first day — Sunday — I made them as the recipe called for. And this was the result…
I so did not get to the muffins before my two teenage boys got to them. So, the test run clearly went well. But I didn’t like that the streusel topping sank into the muffins. Tasty but not aesthetically pleasing.
Since there was still another holiday weekend breakfast to be had I did a redo of the muffins and added one additional tablespoon of flour to the topping recipe. The result?
Voila! A much better product. The streusel topping could stand a bit more flour to it. I have found that the crumblier the topping (and the drier) the better it stands up to the heat of the oven and will make a pleasing crumb topping for any baked product.
And today, I DID get to the muffins before the boys did. It also helped that they were still asleep when the muffins came out of the oven. 🙂
Well, we’re going to The Met to see the new exhibit of Middle Kingdom Egypt which opens today. I’m a bit geeked about it. Hope you guys enjoy your day today!
Ta-ta for now,