Monday, February 01, 2010

Apple Muffins

2010 started and January is gone already, Gee, seems like time is really flying out of my hands lately!
However, we had a good start around here, and after a few weeks getting used to having classes again I am ready to come back and post more on my little space, I so miss this blog, I truly do and don't know why sometimes I can't get myself to post. Life happens and we get mixed up into other things I guess.
Anyways, I am loving my classes!! I am taking a Nutrition and a Food Science class this semester. Still just as a post-grad, but I certainly want to figure out which one I like best and decide what I want to do for the semesters that follow. Haven't made my mind yet. All I can say is that I am loving this idea of going to school to learn and talk about food, it is awesome!
On another subject, I have been cooking a lot lately too, and taking pics whenever I remember. Sometimes I get home from school and am so hungry that I just devour my food without thinking much about blogging it. Then as I eat and find it good the "oh, I should have taken a pic for the blog" thought comes to mind but it is usually a little late. I am working on paying more attention to that though!
Today I am posting an Apple Muffin recipe, one that come from Ellie Krieger and that is very yummy! It is my adaptation to one of her recipes. The original called for pecans but I did not used on mine. We do like pecans but seems like whenever I made these I am out of them so the recipe I am posting doesn't have them. Still, these are good anyway you make it, with or without nuts.
We are snowed in since Saturday... it might sound fun for some but I am tired of being trapped home. Our town is not well prepared for snow storms and with the bunch of inches of snow we got this weekend we ended up not being able to leave the house since then. Only today they started plowing the streets so it is safer to drive, but we still didn't have school or any other activity we might normally have. I am just hoping that tomorrow Cary (the city I live) will go back to normal life.
Ok, too much snow talk. I'll go ahead and present you with some good eats, which is all we have been doing these past days while trapped home!

Apple Muffins
(adapted from Ellie Krieger)

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar (add more if you like)
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup yogurt plus 1/4 cup milk)
1 apple peeled, cored and diced (or grated if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350F and grease, or line with paper cups, 12 muffin cups.
In a bowl add flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, sugar and diced apples, stir and mix all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk, the eggs, the applesauce, the vanilla and buttermilk, mix all together just until everything is incorporated. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

My notes: my batter was on the liquid-y side, I filled up my muffin cups to the top and got nice rounded muffins!


Rita said...

Nossa, Ana, que lindos! Assim que tentar, te conto aqui. Já te contei que agora recheio aqueles muffins com nutella? Nossa, minhas crianças adoram (e não só elas).

Bom saber que você está curtindo as aulas. Logo a neve se manda e você vai sair correndo de casa, não se preocupe.

Feliz pela volta dos posts!


Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Have fun in your classes! I have taken lots of nutrition courses, but they have been on-line and although I learned a lot, its nice to be able to go to a class with people and ask questions and stuff. Good luck on your studies!

Ana said...

Rita, nutella eh demais ne?! No meio de muffins, cookies, whatever, nutella eh bom demais! Matheus adora com bananas!!
Finalmente amanha Matheus volta a ter aulas, o neve horrorosa viu, peguei raiva! rs!
Ahh, adorei a fotinho do seu profile, vc ta tao bonita, super meiga!

thanks for visiting the blog!
I love the nutrition classes! It is funny because even though I go to the actual class I never end up talking to anyone. It is always from one class to the other and just me and myself there!

Sarah said...

Looks good Ana! Glad you like your classes... do you use and Shirley Corriher books? I have one of hers - it is really interesting... about the science of cooking - with recipes too. Heard you are getting some snow - hope you are enjoying it! - Sarah

brisa said...

Ai ai ai Ana!! Fui descendo os olhos pelos posts e chegou neste e nao aguentei: qta delicia, mon Dieu!!

Eh Friday night, nao vou ver o KC neste weekend, estou de dieta..e isso tudo {sigh}

Bem..mas vou anotar..hehe..

Bjs amiga e Happy Weekend!