Late again. I know. But Christmas preparations were happening all day yesterday, and then my sister came over for dinner and to decorate the tree, and wine may have been involved. Today was a rainy miserable day anyway, so I decided to bake the muffins with the dayhome kids as a project to pass some time and distract them from their collective case of the Monday-morning we-don’t-nap-on-the-weekends blues.
It worked, kind of. I never before was hoping for more complicated recipe, just to keep things going a while longer.
Mix lightly with a fork
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
Stir until blended
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup oil (Ed. Note: I used canola)
1/3 cup milk
2/3 cup applesauce (Note: I used unsweetened commercially-prepared applesauce)
Add wet ingredients to dry, stir until blended.
375F, 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
Nothing much to say – this was dead easy. Even the preschoolers seemed disappointed that it was finished so quickly. The batter is easy to work with, not too sticky, not too runny. As a project to share with kids, or even a recipe to let older kids tackle on their own, this is ideal.
Unanimous approval from the kids – that’s six children aged 11 months to 7 years. I liked them, too – nice texture and sweet, slightly spicy flavour. They didn’t rise as much as I would have thought, given the amount of baking powder, but they were a nice size and didn’t seem heavy, so maybe they performed as they should have.
A basic muffin recipe, using ingredients you probably have on hand. You can whip up a batch very quickly, when needed.
Next week: Applesauce Raisin. I fully anticipate that I will hate that recipe, because cooked raisins are from the devil. Given the quantities of flour and – ugh – raisins, it looks like it will make at least a couple of dozen muffins. Naturally.