Thursday, September 20, 2007

Apples Season / La Saison des Pommes

Apple and Rosemary Muffin

You know autumn is right around the corner when apples start flooding markets and roadsides. While apples aren’t my all time favorite fruit, in part because I’ve always associated them with strict diet and hungry nights, I love using them in baking and salads.
Apples are not only a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants, they are also a very versatile fruit that can be transformed into jams, curds, sauces, preserves, chutneys, apple butter and more depending on your creativity and the varieties.
As I enjoy snacking with a Gala apples or a Golden Delicious, my favorite varieties of apples to bake with are Rome Beauty, Pink Lady and Granny Smith.
For this season of apples I started with apples and rosemary muffins for Sunday breakfast. Adding rosemary to the recipe was my personnal touch to a simple apples and nuts muffins. The combination of apples and rosemary might seem odd at first, but you will discover that the rosemary being slightly bitter and fragrant actually gives a nice smokiness and warmth to those moist muffins, different from the usual bland fruity muffin.
I used Golden Delicious for this recipe but you can use any kind of apples appropriate for baking, making you kitchen smells like an orchard, smells like autumn, smells like home sweet home.

Apples and Rosemary Muffins

Apples and Rosemary Muffins

Recipe: adapted from here
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup oat bran or wheat bran
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups plain yogurt or buttermilk
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 ¼ cups grated, peeled and grated apple (about 1 large)
- 1 tsp rosemary leaves, chopped
- ½ cup golden raisins
- 1 small apple, silvered
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar mixed with 1 tsp ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, stir together the flours, bran, baking powder, baking soda, slat, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Set aside.
Beat the eggs on low speed until blended, and then beat in the yogurt and butter. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until half moistened. Add the apple, raisins, and rosemary and stir just until evenly distributed. Do not over mix.
Spoon the batter into buttered muffins cups. Put a thin slice of apple on each muffin and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the top. Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 15-18 minutes.
Let the muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes, and then turn out onto the rack. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to a month.

Apple and Rosemary Muffins

Muffins aux Pommes et Romarin

In francais please: adaptée d’ici
- 155g de farine
- 155g de farine complete
- 20g de flocons d’avoine
- 2 c.c de levure chimique
- ½ c.c de bicarbonate de soude
- ¼ c.c de sel
- 1 c.c cannelle
- 155g de sucre brun
- 2 gros oeufs
- 375g de yaourt nature
- 115g de pommes, épluchées et râpées
- 1 c.c de romarins, finement haché
- 60g de raisins secs
- 2 c.s de cucre mélange avec une c.c de cannelle
- 1 petite pomme, coupée en fines tranches

Dans une grande jatte, mettre la farine, avoines, levure, bicarbonate, sel, cannelle et sucre brun. Mettre de coté.
Battre les oeufs legerement, puis ajouter le yaourt et le beurre et battre. Ajouter ensuite les ingredients secs et mélanger juste pour que tout soit bien incorporé. Ajouter les pommes, les raisins et le romarin et mélanger. Ne pas trop mélanger.
Verser la pate a muffins dans un moule a muffins beurré. Mettre une fine tranche de la pomme sur chaque muffin et saupoudrer de sucre/cannelle le dessus de chaque muffin. Faites cuire dans un four préchauffé a 200C pendant 15-18 minutes. Laisser refroidir 2 min dans le moule puis demouler les muffins sur une grille de patisserie.
Ces muffins se gardent dans une boite hermétique a temperature ambiante pendant 2 jours ou peut se congeler jusqu’a 1 mois.


Anonymous said...

J'ai déjà goûté au romarin dans les yaourts.
J'imagine le goût avec les pommes...miam!

Mandy said...

apple and rosemary in a sweet recipe is intriguing! I shall keep this idea in mind when I have apples.:)

Anh said...

The muffins must be super moist with the apples in the batter. I already love them.

Anonymous said...

how enchanting muffins !!!
I never tasted rosemary with apples, thanks for the idea :)

Shayne said...

Rose these look so good I am impressed with the ingredients and will have to try them this weekend.

Gloria Baker said...

I love apples too, we eat a lot this recipe is so yummy!! Gloria

Aimée said...

I'll have to try these for Noah and I. Thanks for a recipe that's not all white flour and that has some healthy bran in it! Most muffins I won't let my 2 yr-old have because they are just like cake!

Gattina Cheung said...

Very nutritious and delicious muffins! A strange thing happened on me just recently, I'm allergic to fresh apple (which is fine as I don't always eat it anyway). But I love apples in any baked good... :(

Warda said...

- Samania, ton yaourt au romarin a l'air delicieux. Grace a tes recettes de yaourt, je n'en achete plus depuis des mois. Un grand Merci.

- Mandy, you should try it. With only 1 tsp of it, The rosemary is not that overpowering.

- Anh, they are indeed very mist and fragrant too. Thank you my dear for your kindness.

- Marion, I am glad you like them. You are so welcome.

- Shayne, I hope you will like them my friend. Let me know if ou do try them.

- Gloria, thank you very much. Apples are so good:good for snack and for baking. I am sure you must have some great recipes.

- Aimee, a healthy "muffin" if we can call a muffin healthy is always kid friendly. Noah must be a very lucky boy.

- Gattina, I am sorry my dear. I've actually never heard of it before. What happened if you eat one?

Deborah said...

Your muffins are gorgeous! I love baking with apples, as well.

Figs, Bay, Wine said...

Such a lovely flavor combination here! What a great dish to wake up to. Beautiful photos too!

winedeb said...

Hi Rose, I come to visit you through Wendy's site. Apples seem to be the top fruit right now and rightly so, as it is autumn! I love all of the varieties and the flavors they can impart - sweet and tart! Beautiful photos!

Warda said...

- Deborah, you are just too sweet. We share the same love for apples then.

- Amanda, it is the perfect breakfast treat indeed. Thanks for your kinds words.

- Deb, welcome to you. I am glad you enjoy the pictures. I love apples too. They are the autumn fruit par excellence. Please,do come again.

Nora B. said...

Rose, those are terrific photos. My fav apples are Golden Delicious and gala so this would be my kind of muffin :-)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

There is nothing that says Fall more than the aroma of apples baking in the kitchen. I've never tried apples with rosemary -- sounds intriguing. The muffins look delicious.

Anonymous said...

le romarin et la pomme....un mariage hors du commun !! et je pense qu'il n'y a que toi pour réussir de telles unions...ou vas tu chercher tout çà ? en tout cas;encore une fois milles bravo;tu nous mets à chaque fois l'eau à la

Wendy said...

Oh my, these sound amazing! Will make them today. :)

Wendy said...

Question - You've written "2 large sugar". Is that two large eggs? :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

I just happened upon your blog and have decided to make it a regular read. The Apple & Rosemary combination intrigues me! Nice site!

Warda said...

- Hi Nora, Thank you very much my friend. It's funny that we share the same love for gala and golden delicious.

- Lydia, I agree with you, it does sound intriguing but believe me it tastes great and not overwhelming.

- Mima, tu me connais tres ien. Je suis la reine de l'originalitle. Mais rassures-toi c'etais tres bon, pour moi en tous cas. Biz

- Wendy, thank you very much. Let me know how it goes if you do try them. And thanks for "the 2 large eggs".

- Gretchen, welcome. I am glad you enjoy my blog and my intriguing muffins. I hope you will continue enjoying it as much as I enjoy sharing my culinary adventures. Have a nice week.

Claude-Olivier Marti said...

Trop beau !!! Et le mariage doit etre des plus interessant ! Je dis bravo, du grand art, comme tjrs par ici ^^! biz

Wendy said...

Massively successful! I'm blogging about my (slight) adaptation this evening. Thank you!

Warda said...

Claude, je te le confirme ce fut un succes chez moi. Merci encore pour ton gentil message.

Wendy, I am so glad. I can't wait to see what you've done with it. Can't wait! Can't wait!

Ms. J said...

Hmmm..apples and rosemary, I gotta try this.