Yesterday, we had a grade level meeting and I volunteered to make some "goodies" for our it (because lets be honest, meetings are always more fun if food is there!) So, I tried these muffins from Peace Meals and they were delicious!
Everyone raved about them. . . but, I don't think they are very pretty. . . they don't have the perfectly rounded muffin top! Amazingly yummy, yes. . . pretty, not so much! :-)
One of my friends at school told me multiple times, "I love your muffins" which just makes me die laughing due to a story about a friend's grandson. They were at the Christmas pageant at their church and all the animals were coming down the aisle with the shepherds and wise men. . . and my friend's grandson yelled at the top of his lungs (to baby Jesus on the stage), "JESUS, I LOVE YOUR GOATS." oh. my. gosh. can you GET anymore precious?? So every time my friend told me yesterday, "Elizabeth, I love your muffins." I thought of Jesus and "his" goats!
Have a wonderful Friday! I'm off to school with two furry sidekicks, a horse skull, and back seat full of "cowboy" equipment. . . stories to come tomorrow! :-)Apple Pecan Muffins
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, soften
2 cups sugar, plus additional
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith or Jonagoldapples
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour muffin pans (or just use Pam). Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a spatula, gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; do not over mix (the batter will be thick). Fold in the apples and pecans. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.