Saturday, September 11, 2004


Big Apple Muffins

According to a website I was just looking at, "The apple muffin shall be the official muffin of the state of New York." Apples are also the state fruit. Milk is the official state beverage, which would be a great accompaniment to this recipe:

1 large egg
1/4 cup crisco, melted
4 tablespoons applesauce
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl, combine egg, melted shortening, applesauce and the brown and white sugar, stirring well. Add chopped apples and mix well.

In smaller bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add to the egg mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling two-thirds full.

Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle over the muffins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Makes 1 dozen muffins


Today is the Eleventh of September. I am thinking (as are most Americans) about New York and Washington D.C. today. There is a lot I could say about that, but instead I will assume you feel the same way and just provide this link to The Friendship Cup, raising money for some of the families affected by the tragedies of this day. I chose this charity because Ted Maloney and I went to high school together.

I also thought this was worth including. It is a quote from an article in the SF Chronicle about the lessons teachers plan about Sept 11th. "Later, Gwendolyn Samson, 15, said she found the lesson valuable because she hadn't known that Iraq was not responsible for Sept. 11. " Somebody please find little Gwendolyns parents and look at them with disbelief. Thanks.

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