Sweet or savory?  The recipes in this post feature one of each – Cheddar Cheese Muffins fit the bill for the savory distinction and Applesauce Spice Muffins possess the sweet characteristics.

Applesauce Spice Muffins are so appropriate for fall as they are enhanced with flavor intensifiers such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, applesauce and chopped nuts.  As mentioned in the previous post, dry ingredients and wet ingredients are mixed together until dry ingredients are just moistened.  Mixing the batter too much may lead to holes and tunneling in the finished muffins instead of the desired result of a fine even-textured muffin.  After the muffin batter is in the pan, topping ingredients are mixed and sprinkled on top of the muffins.  Then the muffins are baked until puffed and golden.  

Applesauce Spice Muffins
Yields 12
A delightful muffin flavored with applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and nuts.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Muffins: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  10. 1 stick (1/2 cup) + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  11. 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  12. 1 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
  13. Topping: 2 tablespoons sugar
  14. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  15. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  16. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a bowl.
  3. Whisk together eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl until combined well; then add butter, a little at a time, whisking until mixture is creamy.
  4. Stir in applesauce, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened.
  5. Stir in nuts and divide batter among muffin cups.
  6. For topping, stir together all topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of muffins. Bake until muffins are puffed and golden, about 20 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes, then remove muffins from pan and cool slightly.
Notes
  1. Muffins may be frozen and reheated in a microwave oven for 1 minute (or longer if needed but usually 1 minute will suffice).
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 Cheddar Cheese Muffins are light and fluffy, almost biscuit-like, and are good any time of the day!  Cheese is the main flavor in this muffin recipe but other herbs and spices could be added for more layers of flavors.  Dill, parsley, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning are just a few ideas for upping the flavor profile of these tasty muffins.  

Cheddar Cheese Muffins
Yields 12
A light and fluffy muffin that would be appropriate any time of day!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  5. 1/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease muffin tin.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add egg to milk and add melted butter slowly to egg-milk mixture, stirring as butter is added. (Adding the butter slowly while stirring will prevent egg from becoming scrambled!)
  4. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  5. Bake until lightly golden, about 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. If you really love cheese, feel free to sprinkle a little cheese on top of the muffins just prior to baking.
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It’s time to say farewell to summer with children going back to school, slightly cooler temperatures, and football exhibition games on TV.  I’d like to share one more peach recipe with you as peach season will soon be over. 

The recipe is for Blueberry-Peach Crisp and I was delighted with how yummy it turned out.  The color is interesting since the blueberries tint the peaches with their hue.  Flavor intensifiers in this recipe include cinnamon, ground cloves, and lemon juice.   A scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt would be great on a warm bowl of Blueberry-Peach Crisp.  Enjoy!

Blueberry-Peach Crisp
Serves 6
A wonderful combination of two summer fruits, peaches and blueberries, flavored with lemon juice, cinnamon and ground cloves.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Filling
  1. 1 pint fresh blueberries, washed and hulled
  2. 2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Topping
  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  2. 1/3 cup rolled oats
  3. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine the fruit and lemon juice and add remaining ingredients. Place in a 8"x 8"x 2" pan.
  3. Make topping by combining flour, oats and brown sugar. Stir in the butter to make a crumbly mixture.
  4. Sprinkle topping over fruit mixture.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 minutes.
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Future posts will feature more muffins(!), meatless meals, featured spices and more!  

Don’t forget to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

 


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