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Recipe for family meals :

Apple Spice Muffins

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Fransisco. (You can contact Shirley by emailing her - click here). Shirely said:

"This recipe produces a dense, moist muffin with the aroma and flavor of a freshly baked apple pie".


1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups diced Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup dark rum, heated
3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 Tblsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/3 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 1 Tblsp. unsalted butter at room temp
5 Tblsp. vegetable shortening
1 tsp. salt
3 large eggs

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temp
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat bran
1 cup oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp. salt

  • Preheat oven to 375º. Grease the cupcake pan or use paper cups.
  • Soak the raisins and apples in the rum. In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and spices together. In a small bowl, combine the milk and vanilla.
  • In large bowl, cream sugar, butter, shortening and salt together on medium speed 2 minutes. On low speed, add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Scrape the sides of bowl down and continue to mix on medium speed 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour and milk mixtures to the creamed ingredients by thirds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for 1 minute on low speed. Scrape the bowl again, then mix the batter on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes. Fold in the fruit and rum.
  • Fill the muffin tins or cups three-fouths full and sprinkle liberally with the streusel topping. Bake 18 - 25 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning them onto wire racks to cool.

Streusel Topping:
akes 3 1/2 cups)

  • In medium bowl, blend all ingredients together.
  • Use now, or cover and refrigerate for up to three days.

Makes 24

Shirley Cline