Applesauce Mini Muffins
Since too much applesauce is never enough, here's the latest batch of muffins for the lunchbox:
1 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
(you could also add 1/4 tsp. clove if you like it but we don't)
1/2 c. shortening or softened butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. applesauce
Mix flour, soda, salt and spices in a small bowl or in a glass measuring cup with spout. If you use a spouted measuring cup (which makes a later step easier) it's still best to measure your flour first with a standard measure for dry ingredients (you know- a metal or plastic one that'll let you level the flour off across the top). Set this mixture aside.
In a large bowl, cream the shortening and then add the sugar gradually until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then add the egg.
|The shortening/sugar/egg mixture will look like this.|
Also of note, these single-serve applesauce packs are
1/2 cup each which is convenient.
Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the applesauce, to the bowl containing the shortening mixture. Stir between each addition. I usually add about a quarter of each at a time. This is the part my daughter has always loved to help with!
|How much dough? I just used a teaspoon from my silverware drawer-|
one heaping spoonful per muffin cup.
Spoon into mini-muffin tins and bake at 350° for about 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I made 33 mini muffins for about 8.5 g. each.
The recipe is adapted from my husband's Nana's applesauce cake recipe. To adapt it back for a great dessert, use all white flour and a full cup of sugar. Bake it in a standard sized loaf pan for an hour (which sounds like it would be too long but trust me, it isn't).
We love this recipe because - yum - but also because we almost always have the ingredients we need for them in the pantry.
Hope you'll enjoy it too.