Apple Pie Muffins for Bramley Apple Week
Who doesn’t love a muffin, or buns as I still call them! They are easy to make, can be savoury or sweet and are perfect for the school or office lunch box, as well as being wonderful for Elevenses or with a cuppa in the afternoon. I have several muffin recipes on Lavender and Lovage, and one of my most popular recipes is for Pear,Walnut & Goat’s Cheese Breakfast Buns (Muffins)……which would also be great if made with apples too……
……on the savoury muffin trail, another recipe of mine for Pumpkin, Walnut & Poppy Seed Muffins with Cheddar Cheese is also extremely popular, and is perfect for winter muffin snacking!
But it’s back to today’s recipe, which was specially commissioned for Bramley Apple Week, (which runs from the 2nd to 8th February 2015) and is a sweet recipe for “Apple Pie” Muffins aka Apple, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Muffins. These muffins are easy to make and taste JUST like apple pie, hence their name! They have a low-fat content and are packed with little nuggets of Bramley apples inside, and are flavoured with cinnamon and brown sugar.
I am an avid fan of Bramley apples; the apples have a fascinating history and are my cooking apples of choice. These muffins are the perfect vehicle for Bramley apples, as the apples cook in the batter to soft and fluffy little pieces of appleliciousness! The cinnamon and brown sugar further complete the “apple pie in a muffin” taste sensation and we all loved the tartness of the apples which offset the sweetness of the brown sugar.
These muffins freeze very well and can be popped into a lunch box frozen and be (defrosted) ready to eat by lunch time. I hope you manage to try this recipe for Apple Pie Muffins, and if you do make them, make sure that you use our wonderful home-grown (award-winning) British Bramley apples too! Karen
(Recipe and images were commissioned by Bramley Apples)
Bramley Apple Facts:
The first Bramley tree grew from pips planted by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford, in her garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England.
A local butcher, Matthew Bramley, bought the cottage and garden.
It was while Matthew Bramley lived in the cottage that a local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather, asked if he could take cuttings from the tree and start to sell the apple. Bramley agreed, but insisted the apple should bear his name – hence ‘Bramley’s Seedling’.
The first recorded sale of the variety is in Henry Merryweather’s book of accounts on 31 October 1862. He sold “three Bramley apples for 2/- to Mr Geo Cooper of Upton Hall”.
Fruits of the grafted apple were first exhibited before the Royal Horticultural Society’s Fruit Committee on 6 December 1876. They were highly commended.
1889 and 1893
Bramley Seedling was awarded a First Class Certificate by the Committee of the Nottingham Botanical Society and at the Gardening and Forestry Exhibition in September 1893. The Royal Horticultural Society’s Apple Show awarded further First Class Certificates to the Bramley in August 1893.
The old nickname for the Bramley was “The King of Covent Garden” and still exists today in the New Covent Garden Market, where all specialist fruit wholesales can offer Bramleys to their customers for 12 months of the year.
The original Bramley apple tree continues to bear fruit to this day. Those few pips planted by a little girl in her garden in Nottinghamshire 200 years ago are responsible for what is today a £50 million industry, with commercial growers across Kent, East Anglia and the West Midlands.
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