Haven't taken a picture of the yummy-smelling babies yet, cos if yours truly were to go any closer to them, she'll definitely devour at least one!
Besides, one has to quickly type down the recipe, before the old gray matter forgets.
You see, yours truly didn't really follow the recipe (from the book 500 cupcakes and muffins) to the T. Mummyji dislike having to weigh her ingredients, much prefering to measure everything in cups and spoonfuls. So it's a bit of guesstimation for the recipe... well, so far, the muffs look pretty alright and as mentioned already, score A* in the smell department, hence they can't be too awful to taste, right?
1.5cup (heaped) organic flour
approx 3/4 cup organic molasses sugar (Afternote tweak : think this should be changed to either 1 heaped cup, or increase to 2 apples)
4 tsp baking soda (actually before adding the 4 tsp, alarm bells were already sounding in mummyji's head, erm, really, do we need THIS much?? Afternote tweak: too much will result in a slightly bitter taste, so probably can cut down to just 2 tsp)
2 tsp ground cinnammon (might increase this to 3 tsp the next round)
pinch of sea salt
4 tbsp sunflower oil
50g melted unsalted butter
2 lightly beaten eggs
juice of half a lemon
1 royal gala apple, peeled, cored and diced (see above, can actually increase to 2)
Preheat the oven to 175deg C. Line muffin tin with paper cases, this recipe yielded 11 muffins, so the remaining "cup" was half-filled with water to prevent the tin from warping.
Mix the butter, oil, eggs, milk and lemon juice in a big bowl till even.
Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl: the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnammon and salt.
Add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and just lightly mix till incorporated.
Gently mix in the diced apple.
Spoon into papercases, about slightly less than 3/4 full. In retrospect, if Mummyji had done just that, perhaps we'll have 12 muffins... but then this batch would not have had such cute domed heads that tilted one side or another..so it's not too bad, you could fill it 3/4 full too, to get the domes.
Bake for 20 min, and voila, your house will soon smell like a dozen apple pies!
Now we'll just have to wait for Breakfast, ze most important meal of the day, for the great verdict...
picture will also be posted later.