I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I just feel like I can’t quite juggle everything that needs to be done in order to be the perfect Mom and wife.
And then I try to make food.
For me, the mixing of ingredients is just a stirring of emotions, a culmination of my competencies heating up to a boiling over of ineptitudes. When the efforts of cooking come together and fail, I can’t help letting the feeling of failure take over. Cooking is my emotion outlet, my plea for perfection.
But I keep at it.
And I try to make dinners. And bake.
On Thursday, I was hosting a play date at my house. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to bake again. I found this delicious looking recipe over at Annie’s Eats for Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Muffins.
If you too want to mix with your emotions and make baking personal, you will need flour,
baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon,
and a ridiculously cute helper.
Mix all of the above (except the helper) together in a medium bowl.
You will then need to add some room temperature butter
and some brown sugar to a mixing bowl.
MIX cause it’s fun! (and if you don’t mix, your muffins will be all weird).
Once you’ve mixed, you’re going to want to beat in some applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Notice that my apple sauce is from the Annapolis Valley. Represent!
With the mixer on low speed, incorporate the dry ingredients along with a cup of milk, alternating between the two, adding a third of the dry ingredients each time. Make sure you start and end with the dry ingredients. (I don’t know why this matters, but it sounds important).
For this next part, you will need apples.
And if your helper gets hungry…
…now would be a good time for a snack.
While your helper is busy being no help at all, fold in the sliced apples and some butterscotch chips into your batter. (If you’re weird and like nuts, you could also add chopped, toasted pecans. But I didn’t. Because I’m not weird like you).
Divide the batter evenly between prepared muffin cups. Drizzle lightly with maple syrup and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes.
These muffins were delicious! When I asked my husband what he thought, he said “They were good!”. When I asked him to elaborate he said “They were good!” (believe me, he is often quite eloquent).
One thing I would say about these muffins is that they are really great in the first couple of days, but they get stale quickly. They would be perfect to bake if you are having people over or have to bring something to an event. Share them so that they can all be enjoyed!