Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Cookbook Challenge Week 15 - Muffins

This weeks theme for The Cookbook Challenge is muffins.  I like muffins though only the sweet variety, I never quite got savoury muffins, maybe that's because I have never eaten a good one yet?  Anyway I do find them a little uninspiring and particularly unphotogenic though they are always quick to whip up and cook, usually only requiring some stirring in a bowl so no messy appliances to wash up either which is a good thing.

So trying to find a really good recipe was a challenge for me, no boring old banana, I had a few options & nearly settled on Bill Granger's Pumpkin muffins but in the end these apple & berry muffins won out.  Who doesn't love anything with a crumble topping?  The muffins themselves were very moist as they were jam packed with fruit so the nice crumble was a great contrast on top.  A really good muffin recipe & one I would definitely make again.

Apple and Berry Crumble Muffins - From Marie Claire Breakfast

155g (1 1/4 cups) self-raising flour
150g (1 cup) wholemeal self-raising flour
1/4 tspn ground cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
115g firmly packed soft brown sugar
185ml (3/4 cup) milk
2 eggs
125g unsalted butter, melted & cooled
2 granny smith apples, peeled, grated
155g (1 cup) blueberries

50g plain flour
55g (1/4 cup) demerara sugar
35g (1/3 cup) rolled oats
40g unsalted butter, chopped

Preheat oven to 190c.  Line 12 regular muffin holes with muffin papers.  Sift the flours, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl, add the husks and stir in the sugar.  Make a well in the centre.

Put the milk, eggs and butter in a bowl, whisk and pour in the well.  Fold until just combined.  Fold in the fruit.  Divide among the muffin holes.

To make the crumble, put the flour, sugar and oats in a bowl.  Rub in the butter until most of the lumps are gone.  Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the crumble over each muffin.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.  Cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

8 comments: said...

These look delicious with the crumble topping...whoever came up with that idea is a genius!

Maree said...

These look fantastic and I love the simplicity of the recipe!

Rilsta said...

Oh wow, these muffins look awesome with the crumble topping! I love crumble! I like the fact too that the apple is grated rather than being in chunks!

SilverMoon Dragon said...

Apple & Berry are always great together, and who doesn't love an ugly muffin? ;)

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

What a winner with the crumble topping! I would be tempted to just eat off the tops but with the fruit inside I think I'd happily eat the whole thing :)

Ange said...

Thanks everyone & yes the addition of crumble on top was a great way to jazz up the non exciting muffin, ugly sister to the beautiful & loved cupcake.

Cherrie Pie said...

The crumble does look great on top of the muffins.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ange! Was inspired to make these after reading your post, they are delicious! Thanks very much for the recipe x