Wednesday, 20 July 2011

:: Crumbly Tops ::

Apple & Pear Crumble Muffins
:: Megann’s Kitchen ::

:: beautiful apple & pear crumble muffins ::

I have to say, these muffins are fantastic! Inspired by Bill Granger, they are quite delicious & I often make them for a healthier morning tea option. They don’t really taste like you are eating something that has wholemeal flour or oats in it, they are just plain yummy! Also great for breakfast on the go, when all of society is looking for a fast & healthier option these days, why not make these muffins instead?

Apple & Pear Muffin Mixture
1 cup plain flour
½ cup wholemeal plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup of oats
½ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup plain yoghurt
½ cup grapeseed oil (or other light flavoured oil)
1 pear, peeled & diced
2 granny smith apples, grated

Crumble Topping
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup oats
2 tsp flour
½ tsp cinnamon

:: the healthy dry mixture ::

:: Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Prepare your muffin tins with muffin wrappers or by greasing them. Sift both flours, cinnamon and baking powder into a large bowl and add the oats & brown sugar. Mix to combine. In another bowl, add the yoghurt, eggs, & oil & whisk until smooth. Add to the flour mixture & stir until it is just combined. Fold through the pears & apple until just combined. Use two tablespoons (one to pick up your mixture and one to neatly push it off your spoon) to place the mixture into your prepared non-stick muffin trays. I like to line mine with crisp, white liners. Mix the ingredients for the crumble topping together in a small bowl & sprinkle over the top of your muffin mixture.

Bake for 14 minutes or until cake tested with a skewer and golden on top.

:: yoghurt mixture ::

:: The best way to serve your muffins is fresh out of the oven, after about 10-15 minutes of cooling, with a generous slathering of real butter that melts as you bite into it.

Kitchen Notes
:: Always remember for a soft, moist muffin that rises to their full potential, stir the ingredients until it is just combined. Overworking your mixture activates the gluten, making it tough and dry.

Muffin Options
:: I have sometimes substituted the natural yoghurt with sour cream or vanilla yoghurt, or half-half when I haven’t had the complete ingredients in my fridge.
:: You can also put ¼ cup chopped pecan nuts through the apple crumble mixture if you like a nutty flavour, yum!
:: For x-large muffins, bake 180°C (350°F) for 20-25 minutes.

:: stir until just combined ::

:: golden brown & out of the oven ::

:: as always, I love mine with lots of salted butter ::

Healthy Oats
:: The health benefits of oats are undeniable. It is a significant source of fibre in your daily diet & can help with blood pressure, weight control, blood sugar levels and over a long time it has also been proven to reduce the risk of cancer. For further reading follow on to

Source: Bill Granger’s Holiday - You can purchase this book by following the links provided
Donna Hay General Store: DonnaHay Parchment Cupcake Papers- Small
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Order in the Kitchen: Parchment Paper Wrappers

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