Saturday, April 11, 2015

From the Kitchen - Outside the Nest

Apple Bran Muffins

I had to get rid of some leftovers, so it was muffin time. I think muffins should be a food group. So should cookies.

Ok, so there's always a bunch of crushed bran flakes at the bottom of the box. I hate to throw them away.

And there was just a dab of cream cheese spread. I wasn't about to throw that away either.

The bran flakes went into the milk.

I like whipping things together. It's fun. I can take out my aggression with a mixer. Don't worry about the little lumps of cream cheese. They'll blend right in when the muffins bake.

Ok, then the bran flakes are added,

some of the dry ingredients,

the flour,

and finally the apples.

I make a half batch, and I bake mine in these nifty little glass casseroles. I mean, what's the difference? 2 regular muffins, or one giant muffin for a meal?

Add the topping, and slide them in the oven.

Smellablog. That's what we need. They are all nice and yummy.

Are they ever good.
Happy Saturday

Apple Bran Muffins

1/2 C crushed bran flakes
1/2 C milk
3 ounces plain low-fat cream cheese spread
3/4 C sugar
2 eggs or 1/2 C liquid egg product
1/4 C oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp salt
1-1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 C diced peeled apples

1-1/2 Tsp sugar
1 Tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tsp flour
1 Tsp butter

Preheat oven to 375°. Line 12 cup muffin pan with paper or silicone liners. Place bran flakes in a cup with the milk, let sit for 5 minutes, until soft.  Combine cream cheese, 3/4 C sugar, eggs , oil, lemon juice and vanilla extract, beat until smooth. Stir in bran flakes, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add flour, stir just until moistened. Fold in apples. Divide into cups of pan. Combine topping ingredients, sprinkle on top of muffin batter. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely. 12 regular size muffins

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