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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Apple Picking & Apple Strudel Muffins

Hello Friends!

Are you having a spectacular weekend? I certainly hope so.

Won't you join me for a visit? Help yourself to a muffin while I pour you a cup of coffee.

We Ohioans have been blessed with another gorgeous weekend. Mother Nature has surely been making up for those unbearably hot and humid summer days we endured the past couple of months. For weeks, we have enjoyed warm sunny days and cool crisp nights. Most importantly, we are no longer plagued by high humidity levels.

Jordan, Ashlee (Jordan's girlfriend) and I went apple picking at the orchard yesterday.

I've been going to Lawrence Orchard since I was 16 years old, which has been a few years. No fall would be complete without at least one visit. We went a little crazy this year; we picked a whole bushel.

After we finished picking apples, Jordan surprised us with apple charms for our Pandora bracelets. What a guy!

Umm....we have an over abundance of apples. Looks like some baking and sharing are in order. Speaking of baking, how's your muffin? It's an apple strudel muffin freshly baked this morning. Would you like the recipe?

Apple Strudel Muffin

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups apples, diced

1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 12-cup muffin tin with spray shortening or prepare with shortening or butter.

Mix the first four ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the butter, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and apples. Gradually add the dry ingredients. Once the batter is combined, divide evenly among the muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle ech muffin tin with some of the crumb mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from tin.

What did you do this weekend?

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  1. Those look yummy! I have to go to the store again today and I'm thinking I would like to try this recipe today. My husband and his co-workes ate the left over apple dumplings from yesterday. If I make these muffins today I can bring them in to school for my staff tomorrow...sound like I just planned my day out. I havn't been apple picking in years since I lived in NH, I miss that tradition. Thanks for sharing! I'll let you know how the muffins come out and I'll probably post about it too. Have a good Sunday!

  2. Those muffins look yummee! Your son is gorgeous, you can't beat "Tall, dark and handsome" in my book. No Vikings for me LOL

  3. I think he's especially handsome myself!!!

  4. A muffin and cup of java sounds good! If you need an idea to use up extra apples... apple butter is really easy, especially if you have a crock pot. I actually made pear butter one year, canned it and used that as Thanksgiving favors-very nice! Have fun:@)

  5. La I had so much fun! Thank you for including me:) I live for the fun little things you do with us:) love you<3

  6. A muffin sounds so good right now. I keep looking at the picture of Jordan carrying the apples in bags - that is one huge amount of apples! Looks like you guys had fun.

  7. The look soooo good! Great shots of your trip apple picking.

  8. Hi! Found you on Meetup Mondays. We went apple picking this weekend as well and were blessed with great New England weather. I haven't gotten to any baking yet, but we have plenty of apples to work with. Have a great week!

  9. Those muffins look SO delicious! And thanks for the coffee - wonderful for the story you shared. Apple orchards - what fun!!!

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    Your muffins look amazing!!

  11. Those look so great, we are going apple picking in a few weekends! I will have to make this!
    Thank you so much for visiting Meetup Monday!

  12. I miss the apple orchards of the midwest. Arizona is lacking in pumpkin patches and apple orchards :(

  13. The muffins look yummy. I don't think I've ever tried anything quite like them. With all the apples available right now, I'll probably give these a try with breakfast one morning.

  14. Yum! Isn't it wonderful when fall rolls around and we can make yummy things with apples? You muffins are perfect.

  15. I would be delighted to sit a spell with you and enjoy one of these muffins and coffee.

  16. YUM! Thanks for sharing the photos & the receipe. I'll have that cup of coffee now. :) Enjoy!

  17. Looks like you had a fun day! The muffin looks really YUMMY!. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Apples, muffins & jewelry...sounds like the perfect recipe :-)

  19. What a fun day!!! Loved those photos and now I want my muffin...still warm of course!!

  20. Looks delicious! I'll make some of these for sure. Fun to pick your own apples.

  21. I definitely want to make these muffins. They sound and look delicious!! And how fun to pick apples!

  22. May I have tea instead of coffee? The muffins look and sound delicious! What a great tradition you are sharing with your son and his girlfriend. Sounds like you all had a wonderful day.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe and your trip to Lawrence Orchard with us!

    ~ Tracy

  23. The muffins look delicious!! Us more lazy folk went to the farmers market and bought our apples (lol)! Your way looks much more fun.

  24. Apple picking is a favorite fall activity here. Your muffins look wonderful :)


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  26. I am loving all these fall recipes. These look so yummy. Perfect with my coffee!! Thanks for sharing.


  27. Those look delicious! I have a huge apple tree and I'm always tryinf to find new recipes for all the apples we get....thanks for sharing!!

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