OT - Forn Friday
Happy Friday, STalkers! We made it!!! Okay, almost.
'Forn' is 'food' and 'p0rn' combined.
Did you notice that it's Fall? Leaves are going from green to yellow, orange, red, umber, butterscotch, marmalade, currant, gingerbread, gold, bronze, scarlet, and cinnamon.... Have I painted a picture?
The first thing I think of with the advent of Fall? Apples.
When I was little, my family would go apple picking every year. We rode in a open-sided wagon to get to the apples. The decaying leaves and fresh apples combined to make a heady perfume - oh, how I love that smell! Dad would pick me up and set me on his shoulders. He held the basket while I picked the apples. There was an apple press and we would always get a cup of freshly made apple juice before we left. For a couple weeks after picking, our home was positively aromatic with apples while Mom made apple sauce, apple butter, and apple pies. I wish I could travel back in time for a few short hours and peek in on that kitchen.
So... Apples. What's your favorite way to eat apples? Biting into that crisp juicness? Sipping cold, delicious cider? Spooning up some cinnamony sauce? Dollops of apple butter on a hot, buttery biscuit? A warm slice of pie with apples oozing onto your plate?
Here's a recipe for Apple Butter Muffins.
APPLE BUTTER MUFFINS
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup apple butter (homemade is best!)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 5oz can evaporated
- Sugar, to sprinkle
- In a small mixing bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add the egg to the sugar mixture; beat well.
- Beat in the apple butter and vanilla.
- Stir lemon juice into the evaporated milk.
- Beating at low speed, alternately add the flour and the milk mixtures to the apple butter mixture until just combined.
- The less you mix the more tender the crumb.
- Grease or line with baking papers, 24 muffin cups.
- Fill each cup 2/3 full.
- Sprinkle lightly with sugar.
- Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool on wire racks.
Hope you have an enjoyable weekend!!