Apples, Plums, and Peaches!

My neighbours have been so very generous again this year – lots and lots of plums from one, and bucketfuls of apples and a huge basket of peaches from another. Several days were spent preserving, chopping and processing the fruit, but oh so worthwhile! I’ve frozen some apple sauce and plums for baking in the winter, but also made plum and vanilla jam and peach and vanilla jam, apple strudel, apple compote (till it came out of our ears!), plum tart, apple turnovers, German pancakes with apple sauce…. you get the idea!

Today I’m sharing with you one of the most successful uses for apples I found – Apple and Spice Muffins with a crunchy walnut topping. They were so light and fluffy and full of flavour and will be made again very soon.

Apple and Spice Muffins

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Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F) and prepare 12 muffin cases.

In one bowl, sift together the following ingredients:

  • 200g (1 3/5 cups) SR flour
  • 50g (1/2 cup) ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 115g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice

In a second bowl mix these ingredients:

  • 175g (1 cup) apple, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml (2/3 cup) milk
  • 90ml (6 tbsps) vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Add the wet to the dry ingredients and fold in. Divide between the muffin cases.

Topping:

  • 3 tbsps brown sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 40g (1/4 cup) walnuts, chopped

Mix the topping and sprinkle over the muffins. Then bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch…. make sure the walnuts don’t burn. If they look very dark turn the oven down a bit.

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These taste of autumn, and stay really moist for a couple of days too. I loved the topping!

Enjoy the taste of autumn!

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What do you like baking in autumn?

28 thoughts on “Apples, Plums, and Peaches!

      • Fresh garlic bread too! Then the woods will smell good too. I love hiking on Thanksgiving and Christmas as I come out of the thick woods behind the house I can smell dinner such a wonderful feeling for me exercise and a great meal waiting

    • Not as slim as I’d like! LOL! I usually only bake when we have visitors, but must admit the apple strudel is reserved for the two of us alone! (It does last a few days though! 😉 )

  1. I have a recipe from a Bill Granger book for plum and vanilla cake – really good with a big spoonful of yoghurt! Your spiced muffins sound pretty good too though. I have so many apples to use this year, and very little room in the freezer – muffins could be part of the solution!

    • Vanilla and spices go so well with autumn fruits. Apple sauce/compote is very versatile if you need to use up lots of apples – we have it with potato rosti as well as with sweet dishes.

  2. You’re so lucky to have these generous neighbours, Cathy, and the goodies you’re making! The receipe will be tried soon as we love muffins and I use a lot of spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom when baking or making jam. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • That’s a shame Donna. I do realise I’m lucky! I must admit I’ve had enough of jam-making etc though… I’ve just made some Elderberry cordial, and that’s it for this year!:D

  3. I love baking anything with apples or pumpkin in it…my goal this week is to try a pumpkin cheesecake recipe I found the other day in a cookbook at work. Your apple and spice muffins look so delicious, I could really go for one for breakfast this morning! 😉 Happy autumn!

    • Pumpkin cheesecake sounds wonderful! I hope to find some nice winter squash at our autumn market later this week, and cake or pie will definitely be one use! 😀

  4. Mmmmm! Making me hungry! This year I invested in a juicer for the apples because I struggle to use them up in baking and cooking. I do enjoy making pumpkin pie and I love looking at pictures of cakes on Pinterest and getting ideas but getting the time is harder. I made beetroot bread last week, that was a first and I loved it!

    • I’ve been meaning to try beetroot cake for ages, but with all the fruit, and now pumpkin season it may be a while yet! A juicer sounds like a great investment Anna.

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