Putting my christmas present to good use….

Let me start off by letting you know that I am one of those people who loves Christmas. I love setting up the Christmas tree, decorating it and baking gingerbread cookies and of course getting and giving presents. I find that picking out suitable presents for loved ones is quite difficult especially in my family. But the surprised look is very rewarding when they open their presents. I have fond memories of Christmas morning when I was little. I have always been quite impatient thus I found it terrible and exciting at the same time waiting for Christmas morning to come. Christmas morning came soon enough and my sister and I used to jump out of bed and start shaking the packages to guess the contents. We had to wait until after breakfast of course, which we scarfed down really fast. But I am straying from the subject which is what I got for Christmas this year. This year my family and I thought to keep the spending to a reasonable amount. We drew names and each had €50 to spend on one person. Everyone had to make a list of things they would like to get. Half of my list consisted of food related things of course so I was delighted to get the book I asked for: Bake by Nick Malgieri 🙂 . This book features a selection of his recipes ranging from breads, pies,muffins etc. I couldn’t wait to try them all!!!! Needless to say I liked my present very much.

Christmas dinner wore me out as I had to prepare most of it and I thought it would be a while before I wanted to cook or bake again. Yet in the morning of December 26th I opened my new cookbook and I excitedly went to work (play). I tried Nick Malgieri’ s blueberry  and cinnamon apple muffins. I didn’t know which one I was hungry for most so I decided to be greedy again.His recipe was really easy to follow and the muffins turned out delicious. I tested them on my mom, sister and her boyfriend and they all liked it. The muffins were really moist and not too sweet. I find that there are a lot of muffins out there with way too much sugar. Here is Nick’s recipe:

Ingredients: for 12 muffins

  • 260 gr plain flour
  • 110 gr sugar
  • 1 tbs. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 110 gr unsalted butter, melted, slightly cooled
  • 1 medium egg
  • 240 ml full fat milk

For blueberry muffins add 1 tsp. grated lemon zest and 200 gr rinsed, dried blueberries. For apple muffins add 225 gr Golden delicious apples ( I used jonagold). For both muffins you can sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar to add some crunch.

Set the oven to 190 degrees. In a bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and set aside. Pour the butter in a bowl and whisk in the egg and the milk. Whisk the flour in portions until liquid is absorbed. Gently fold in the enhancements being either the blueberries or apple mixture. Bake the muffins approx. 20 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the tin and then lift out. Enjoy!!

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