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Saturday, 4 July 2009

Apple with Spice & All Things Nice!



You know how it is I’m sure, you look in the fruit bowl and some of the fruit has passed its best. Normally for me this is bananas, but today it happened to be a few green apples. Peeled, cored and chopped, those apples were perfectly fine for stewing up into applesauce for these cupcakes. Applesauce gives the sponge a lovely moistness and each flavour complements each other perfectly here in this bake. It never ceases to amaze me how one ingredient that is passed its prime can influence a bake, such as the apples from my fruit bowl.


Applesauce & Cinnamon Cupcakes

Makes 12

Ingredients
100g (4 oz) softened unsalted butter
100g (4 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
100g (4 oz) self-raising (self-rising) flour
2 large eggs
100g (4 oz) unsweetened applesauce
75g (3 oz) raisins
1tsp ground cinnamon
1 small red sweet apple, thinly sliced
2 tbsp granulated sugar

You will need a 12 holed muffin tin lined with paper cupcake cases

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/350°C/Gas mark 4. Place the butter, caster sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and beat until fully combined into the mixture. Fold the flour, cinnamon, raisins and applesauce, into the creamed mixture. Spoon the mixture into the paper cupcake cases. Lay the apple slices on top and sprinkle with a little granulated sugar on each cupcake. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden in colour and baked through. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely, or you could serve these cupcakes warm with lashings of custard for dessert.

Lastly sit back chill out, serve yourself a cupcake, you absolutely deserve a treat!!



Wishing all my dear friends across the pond – A Happy 4th July!!!



39 comments:

Marta said...

Oh yes, I hear you on the fruit-after-its-prime situation! This looks like a lovely way to use up some aging apples! Muffins are just so versatile!
Happy 4th of July!

Snooky doodle said...

oh these is really a nice way of using those apples :) these look delicious.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Apples and spice, that just what I love! Great cupcakes!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ingrid said...

Thank you for the Happy 4th of July!

My children would love these muffins. Thanks for sharing tghe recipe.
~ingrid

sowmya said...

simple and delicious..

Bunny said...

Your muffins look fantastic, I love apples! I can't wait to try these!

burpandslurp said...

I get ridiculously happy when I see fruit after prime...because that gives me an excuse to bake bake bake! Loving the muffins!

Katie said...

Yummy! My kind of cupcake - apple and cinnamon, delicious :)

Rose said...

I love cinnamon! They look really nice Rosie.

Rachel said...

Cinnamon and apple...one of the best combos ever!!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Oh another must do recipe Rosie. I love apple and cinnamon. Your cheesecake muffins were a roaring success :)

Liz said...

Wow Rosie, these look great, and so simple. Love it!

Sylvie said...

Apples and cinnamon are such a perfect match! Yummy.

Maria♥ said...

I made something very similar to these muffins ages ago. Apple and cinnamon are a perfect marriage! Your muffins look really yummy.

Maria
x

Cakelaw said...

These look delicious Rosie - apple 'n' spice is a lovely combination.

Donna-FFW said...

These cupcakes with the apples and cinnamon sound like a delight to me. So pretty too.

Kevin said...

Those apple cupcakes look good! I like the baked apple sliced on top.

The Girl said...

I love apple and cinnamon. Great combination.

Now I just need to get around to actually buying the fruit for the fruit bowl for it to go past its best!

J.Danger said...

what a great idea!

Lucie said...

These look so tasty Rosie! I can't keep up with all the lovely recipes you have to offer! Lucie x

Elra said...

This cupcakes sound really good!
Hope your 4th of July was wonderful!

Lisa said...

Delicious looking cupcakes, Rosie!

Gloria said...

Look amazing dear Rose, really! xxGloria

Ann said...

The cupcakes sound divine..those apples makes me go crazy..yum yum

The Caked Crusader said...

Apple and cinnamon - a match made in heaven!
Fruit that is slightly too ripe to heat is wonderful to bake with as the flavours are so rich and developed. Great idea!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thanks my 'dear' friends for your kind words - I always appreciate your feedback and value the time you've taken to call by here :0)

Brenda, I am so pleased your cheesecake muffins were a roaring success and I hope you'll try these muffins and they pass muster too :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the little apple slices at the top! I just forced down a mushy apple for lunch that would have been much better suited in a muffin!

Maria said...

I love the big chunks of apples! So tasty!

JoeyfromSC said...

these look delicious!! I"ll have to give them a try-I'm just now noticing you left me a comment a while back on my blog lol

I'm trying to find my original post here..I thought it was on the lemon curd muffins..off to hunt it down lol

Thank you for replying!

Indigo said...

Oh wow Rosie the new site looks amazing! Yes I know I've let my blog-reading slide... can't believe I've only just seen all the changes!

These sound so good; a little autumn flavour now the hot weather's broken =]. Perfect!

Aparna said...

I really like apple pie so I can imagine how good these are.
Operation Salvage certainly was more than successful. :)

Margaret said...

What a great way to use up apples! I will have to remember this recipe for future use.

Maria said...

Mmmm...apples and cinnamon, you can't go wrong! Looks delicious Rosie; lovely little muffns.

Ivy said...

Oh they look beautiful!!!

Heather said...

How absolutely delicious looking! I think overripe fruit often gives a better flavor in baking than firm fruit.

Bridgett said...

Oh how my husband would love these! They look so yummy you have to have more than one.

Deborah said...

Oh, my - these are just too cute!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thank you my 'dear' friends for all your kind words. My daughter really enjoyed these muffins, as they were more like a breakfast muffin.

Hi Joey - my pleasure to visit your blog and it's always good to meet new foodie friends :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

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