Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Small Batch Baking: Apple Nut Oatmeal Muffins

I've been in the mood for a muffin recently, so I decided to try another recipe from my Small Batch Baking cookbook. I chose the Apple Nut Oatmeal Muffins because I had all the ingredients on hand. I doubled the recipe to get 6 muffins so Joe could have a few for breakfast the rest of the week. I found that I had WAY too much streusel topping left at the end after adding it to the muffins. I can't imagine that the muffins needed more streusel, but perhaps I wasn't generous enough with it. Regardless, these muffins came out really well! They are dense and hearty and not too sweet, although I do think they could benefit from a little more spice - I'll be adding cinnamon next time around. Joe and I each enjoyed one last night after dinner, then Joe heated two in the microwave this morning for breakfast and said they were even more delicious than last night. A keeper!

Apple Nut Oatmeal Muffins

Unsalted butter, at room temperature, for greasing the muffin cups

For the Streusel Topping:
2 tbsp quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp packed light brown sugar
1 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
2 tbsp chopped pecans (I used walnuts as that was what I had)

For the Muffins:
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ cup quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
3 tbsp packed light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp raisins
¼ applesauce (I used chunky)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Yolk of 1 medium egg
½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease only the bottoms of three muffin cups, then rub a little butter around the rim of each cup (this will help them form a more rounded top).

Make the streusel topping: combine the 2 tablespoons oats, 2 tablespoons flour and brown sugar in a small bowl. Mix in the butter using a fork or your fingertips, until the mixture is crumbly. Then mix in the pecans. Set the topping aside.

Make the muffins: combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium-size bowl and stir to mix well. Add the raisins and toss to mix.

Place the applesauce, oil, egg yolk and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk to blend. Add the applesauce mixture to the flour mixture all at once and stir until just moistened. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pans – they should be about 2/3 full. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the muffins, then gently pat into the batter with your fingers. Fill the empty muffin cups with water to prevent them from scorching.

Bake 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

Cool muffins in pan 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 3 standard muffins


Katie said...

These look freaking AMAzing! I am going to have to try these. You must post more small batch baking. What a WONDERUFL idea! :)

Sarah said...

These look good! I've been wanting to make muffins lately myself. Unfortunately I don't have much of anything in the way of ingredients right now...

I also just made scones, so I think scones AND muffins might be overkill right now. :) Still tempted...

MrsPresley said...

yum! i love anything with a streusel topping!

Colin's Mom said...

I agree with Katie, more small batch recipes please!! I'm too cheap to go buy the cookbook myself, plus I so don't need another cookbook. I'll just let you test the recipes first and then I'll copy. I tried the cookies you posted earlier (at least I think it was you) with the cream cheese and the Heath bar bits - yummo! Thanks and keep up the good work.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Hi, my first visit to your blog. I went to the baking session and saw these beautiful choc chip cookies on your header, but could not find the recipe.

Lovely blog though.

Brooke said...

Nina - Confession: I pulled the picture for my header off the Internet...none of my food ever looks quite that good ;)

Psychgrad said...

These muffins look really good. I'll have to try them at some point!

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