A muffin for a new mum

8 Jan

Yesterday was very exciting. For a start I got hang out with an old chum of mine and meet her baby (so so so so cute!)  We took bubba to Pizza East to hang out with the other Shoreditch babies (we met a very cute 4 month old in the most amazing snow-suit, I sometimes with they made baby clothes for grown ups…)

Secondly, it was a day of double baking – muffins for breakfast and a steak & stilton pie for tea. The muffins were whipped up last-minute when I realised I had nothing to offer my guests, how rude! An hour before their arrival I scouted round the cupboards to see what they might offer. I knew I had the holy trinity of butter, sugar and flour so the rest was easy!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Blueberry Muffins recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess

Tea and Apple Cinnamon Muffin

and before you say anything, yes I know that’s a teapot with a coffee cup.

Ingredients
75g unsalted butter
150g plain flour
50g plain wholemeal flour
1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp bicarb of soda
2 tsp baking powder
75g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
100g greek yoghurt
100ml semi-skinned milk
1 large egg
200g chopped apple
12-bun muffin tray lined with 12 paper cases

Method
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6.

Melt the butter and set aside to cool, you’re going to mix it with the egg, milk & yoghurt later and you don’t want end up with scrambled eggs!

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and in a measuring jug beat together the yoghurt, milk, egg and melted butter (once it has cooled)

Gently combine the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Try not to mix too much! Fold in the chopped apple, again keeping mixing to a minimum.

Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes, by which time the muffins should be risen, golden and firm on top. You could sprinkle some Demerara sugar on top before baking to create a crunchy top. I didn’t do this, but I reckon I will next time. Perfect for breakfast, or elevenses for new mums.

Apple Cinnamon Muffin

They’re also pretty good when you’re knackered and hungry after your sunday morning swimming lesson! Mr Cakes and I started lessons today with Red Top Swim at London Fields Lido. Quite possibly the best place to swim in London.

Now, time to plan our triathlon training plan for the year. Enough to make you work up an appetite….

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