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Caramel Apple Muffins

Fall is in the air which means that my need to bake has kicked in. Last weekend we went apple picking and “accidentally” picked 13 pounds of apples! I’ve been trying to make good use of them this week. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that fall and my need to bake means muffin time! I make a batch of cinnamon apple muffins last week and while they were yummy I couldn’t help wondering if the could be improved with some caramel. I mean, come on, how can you not combine caramel and apples? It’s only natural!

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Caramel apple muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 Tbs flax meal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/3 cup oil or applesauce *(see note)
1/3 cup + 1 tbs milk
4 apples shredded with skins on
1 & 1/4 cups caramel bits

Preheat oven to 400 and grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Gently stir in moist ingredients including your shredded apple. Fold in caramel bits.
Fill your muffin cups 2/3′s full and bake for 18-22 minutes or until nicely brown and a toothpick come out with just a tad bit of crumb.

*(note) I doubled the recipe, since my parents are dropping by today. I used 1/3 c oil and 1/3 c applesauce when doubling the recipe.

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Nectarine Muffins

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A lot has been going on around here for the past weeks. Squishy turned 1 year old, but that’s another story, and he has begun walking!!! Its like watching a tiny drunken old man stumble around the house! The cutest, most hilarious and oh so frightening thing all at once!
Fall is coming quickly and it has me itching to bake. The heat kicked on last night! Yay, fall! Yes, I’ll be complaining that I’m freezing in just a couple of weeks, but oh, I love fall!
Squishy loves food, especially muffins when it comes to breakfast foods. Last weekend we had some beautiful nectarines from the farmer’s market and a craving for muffins. So we got into the kitchen and whipped these up!

Nectarine Muffins
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 Tbs flax meal *
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup + 1 tbs milk
2 nectarines finely diced
1/2 cup granola
2 Tbs brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 and grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Gently stir in moist ingredients including your diced nectarine. Stir in about 1/2 of your granola. (our granola has slivered almonds in it, so i stir it in after filling 1/2 of the muffin liners. No nuts for squishy yet, choking hazard.) Fill your muffin cups 2/3’s full. Sprinkle tops with what’s left of the granola mixed with the brown sugar. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until nicely brown and a toothpick come out with just a tad bit of crumb.
Squishy devoured these, so I hope you love them too! If you try them please let me know what you think!

*I know the pre packaged flax meal can be expensive. I buy flax seeds in bulk at the natural food store, whole foods may have them too. Our Baby Bullet that we received for a shower gift has a milling blade so we grind them with that and store them in a jar in the refrigerator. If you don’t want to bother with it at all, just leave it out. A small handful of oats might be good in its place.

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Cherry Nut Muffins!

Out of boredom and a desire to bake I have come up with a new muffin recipe! This time Cherry nut!

cherrynutmuffin

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup soft shortening
1 egg
1 cup dried cherries, chopped
3/4 cup orange juice
juice from 1 lime
Enough milk to make 1 cup liquid when added to juice
1/2 cup chopped pecans

nut topping: Mix below ingredients together for topping
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Simmer dried cherries on low with orange and lime juice for about 5 minutes or until cherries are tender. Remove from heat, drain and set aside left juices and cherries to cool a bit.
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. When juices are cooled a bit add enough milk to them to make 1 cup of liquid. Add all wet ingredients with cooled cherries and chopped nuts, mix well.
Spoon into greased muffin tin or ones lined with muffin cups, Top with nut topping mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!!

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