The weekend is upon us and I’m thinking of warm Apple Oat Muffins drizzled with gooey maple icing. Can you say- Yum! This yummy combination of tart apples and maple syrup swirled into a moist muffin will leave your mouth wanting another. This recipe makes about 15 average size muffins- but if you are making over-sized muffins, you’ll probably get about 12. These will stay fresh for several days- so go ahead and bake a few extra for Sunday morning. Now is the perfect time of year to visit a local apple orchard and pick your own. Or visit a local orchard and get apples that they freshly picked for you- sometimes the later is easier with our busy lives.
Let’s talk about food photography for a second. If you could only see the set up I have in our backyard- saw horses with reclaimed wood panels from the hog pen on my parents farm, new wood I distressed with white acrylic paint and Elmer’s glue (then left outside for a few months to distress it even more!) and a custom Farmhouse style table that is very rustic looking. The Farmhouse table is made from reclaimed shipping pallets and has matching benches. I love to use natural light, so I prefer to photograph outside. If you could only see me, practically standing on my head sometimes just to get the right shot. I also have a utility step stool that is readily available to get me up high and at just the right angle to capture a great shot. I want you to be able to taste the brown sugar crystals off each image.
While we were in Camden, Maine a few weeks back, we happened into a beautiful store called Jo Ellen Designs. This gorgeous store, which sits right in the heart of Camden, on Main street, has stunning, color-coordinated displays for your kitchen, dining room and bedroom. They had so many interesting things for food props, including enamelware mugs, bowls and plates, handmade linens, handcrafted wooden spoons and many items made in the USA. Those are the kinds of things that excite me! This beautiful little ceramic flower plate came from Jo Ellen Designs. I have a box full of goodies to go through- there store is truly AMAZING!! If you are traveling through Maine, you must stop in and see what they have.
Apple Oat Muffins
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup full-fat sour cream
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups diced tart apples
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Streusel Topping:
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 stick butter softened
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Maple Icing:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup Dark
- In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time and combine. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and combine. Add the chopped apples and fold in.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, flour and ground cinnamon with your fingers to create the streusel topping.
- Scoop the batter into paper-lined muffin tins. Sprinkle with streusel topping.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the icing ingredients until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
- Let the muffins cool slightly and drizzle with maple icing.