Even though I like apples, I find apple muffins a little boring. For this reason I am often trying to find additional flavours to mix with the apples. While there are several different options, most are along the lines of adding sultanas or dates to the muffins. These tend to overpower the apple flavour. Alternatively they add lots of sugar, especially as a topping.
In this recipe I added a little bit of apricot jam, just to liven up and enhance the flavour of the apples.
Ingredients 1 Cup self-raising flour
1/4 Cup wholemeal self-raising flour
1/3 Cup sugar
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup milk
1/4 Cup oil (I prefer a light flavoured oil such as sunflower or light olive oil)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Large apple chopped
2 Tablespoons apricot jam
Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly, stirring from the middle.
Mix all the liquid ingredients together, add to the dry ingredients and mix from the middle to properly combine the ingredients.
Chop up a large apple. I prefer to chop my apple up for this recipe into small chunks.
Add the apple to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
Now for the secret ingredient, which is really not that secret, but simply apricot jam. You don't want to overpower the apple, as adding something like raisins might do, but simply complement and enhance the flavour. So around 1 to 2 teaspoons of apricot jam is usually perfect.
Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin tray.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes turning the muffins out of the muffin tray.
Apple muffins are a nice healthy snack, especially if you keep the amount of sugar fairly low. If the apples are particularly sweet, then use less sugar.