Apple Muffins for Apple Day

Celebrate local fruit, local orchards and local history -- Apple Day turns 21 on October 21st.

A hundred years ago there were more than 3,000 apple varieties grown in Britain – now we’re familiar with just a few.

Orchards and Us

With tasting, baking, juicing and cidering events up and down the country – Apple Day highlights all of the local varieties of apples that are part of our food heritage.

It also promotes eating seasonably and locally, and celebrates our connection to our communities and to nature.

Find out more about Apple Day

National Baking Week

Not only is it Apple Day, it’s also National Baking Week and National Parents’ Week.

That’s at least three reasons to stay in with the kids and bake up an apple-filled treat. Here’s an easy one from the National Baking Week website – Spiced Apple Muffins.

Spiced Apple Muffins

250g sugar
150g butter
3 eating apples, finely chopped
400g self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt, pepper
2 eggs, beaten
100 ml milk
100 ml sunflower or other neutral-tasting oil

1.    Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 170°C fan/ 350°F. Line the muffin tin with muffin papers or grease and flour each hole.
2.    Take a tablespoon each of sugar and one of butter, and  melt over medium heat in a small pan. Add the apples and stir over heat for 2 minutes until slightly soft. Remove from heat.
3.    Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add a pinch of pepper for a bit of spice.  Rub in the remaining butter. Make a well in the middle and add the eggs, milk and oil. Stir all together until blended. Stir in the apple.
4.    Spoon the mix into the muffin tin and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

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