I wish I had some sort of new year's treat for you, but unfortunately I'm making the treats and drinks today, so I'll have to post the recipes later on. These are Cinnamon-Apple-Butterscotch Muffins, and they're very tasty. They have applesauce, apple, butterscotch chips, toasted pecans and oats in them. I know that's a lot of ingredients for a muffin, but the flavors meld really well together. Perfect for fall and winter. Perfect for New Year's Day breakfast!
Have a happy and safe new year, everyone! See you in the year 2010. Peace be with you.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk
3/4 cup finely chopped apples
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 12 Texas-sized muffin cups with cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk in oats and butterscotch chips until combined. In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and brown sugar until creamy, about 1 minute; beat in applesauce, eggs and vanilla until combined, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until combined - about 1-2 minutes. Stir in apple and pecans until combined.
Divide batter into muffin cups. I pressed dried apples into the surface, but that's optional, of course - and then I drizzled them with maple syrup and sprinkled the muffin tops with cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, and a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, before running a knife around outside edges and removing muffins onto wire racks to cool.
Makes 12 big muffins