apple cinnamon bran muffins

Posted on 02/22/2008 by decorums
I've been feeling under the weather lately, so I decided to bake some muffins to cheer myself up.

I mostly followed this recipe from Kraft Food & Family magazine, with a few alterations.

Halfway through the baking process, I realized that there wasn't any milk left in the refrigerator. You should have seen me then, sneezing away as I fervently sleuthed the internet for websites offering dairy product substitutes. Most of them were thoroughly unhelpful, so I ended up mixing a bizarre combination of strawberry yogurt, sour cream, and water into a pale semi-translucent substance that had about the same consistency as milk. Kind of. You couldn't taste my queer, makeshift culinary concoction in the final product though, thankfully. Yeah, so if you've got a gallon of milk or a dairy cow at hand, don't follow my lead.

Ingredients Needed:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups Special K Cereal
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup chopped apple (I personally used a Fuji apple - they're my favorite)

+ a pinch of vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until well blended; set aside. Mix cereal and milk in medium bowl; let stand 5 minutes.

MIX oil and sugar, cereal mixture and egg in large bowl; mix well. Add flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Add vanilla. Stir in apple.

Spoon evenly into 12 greased or paper-lined medium muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

BAKE 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.

And, that's it! Happy baking!

sayhitoyourmum 23rd-Feb-2008 04:03 am (UTC)
ooh you incorporated special K. that's cool, i love it!! shall try this recipe sooon!
carmen_5354 23rd-Feb-2008 04:24 am (UTC)
goodness they look so yum!!
i'm living in an apartment without an oven at the moment and argggh, seeing those make me desperately want to bake!
haloless17 23rd-Feb-2008 04:33 am (UTC)
That random mash of stuff is the most random substitute for milk that I've ever seen...I love it!!
therapysessions 23rd-Feb-2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Is it just me, or does anyone else smell the picture through the computer screen.

I think I'm going crazy.
duh_lovely 23rd-Feb-2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Does the Special K make them really crunchy?

As soon as I get back home, I'm tooootally giving this recipe a shot! :D
decorums 23rd-Feb-2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Not in these muffins, but that's probably because I let the cereal sit in the milk substitute for far too long. But I do use Special K when baking banana bread, and that always turns out wonderfully flaky with just the right amount of crunch.

Good to hear! Hope you enjoy.
innamoramento 23rd-Feb-2008 06:35 am (UTC)
These look fabulous. Wow.

I've used watered-down yogurt as a milk substitute before. Unfortunately, it was banana yogurt and you could taste it in the muffins I made. (Which sadly were not banana nut or anything appropriate.)
decorums 23rd-Feb-2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, well strawberry =/= apple or cinnamon, so we're pretty much on the same page here. We only had strawberry and blueberry yogurt left, so either way it would have been a slightly odd addition.

And thanks!
indieloveskinny 23rd-Feb-2008 07:29 am (UTC)
just wondering, was it vanilla? or vanilla essence? hahaha
decorums 23rd-Feb-2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Vanilla extract! Sorry, I didn't make that clear in my initial post.
klose 23rd-Feb-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Mmm, those look good! :D Going into my list of things to try, definitely.
ceridwen_amyed 26th-Feb-2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I just finished baking these! :D Haven't tasted them yet but they look gorgeous and I'm very much looking forward to my packed lunch tomorrow... ;) Quick question: how small did you chop your apple? I used fairly big pieces as I wanted something chunky (and I was short on time!).

Thanks for the fantastic recipe!
decorums 27th-Feb-2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! Isn't bringing baked goods for lunch the absolute best? Mmm mm.
My pieces were fairly small, as I wanted an semi-even distribution of apples chunks in each muffin. I'm sure you can experiment with what size pieces turn out the best though!
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