These muffins hold back on the sugar and butter but they're moist, fluffy and absolutely delicious. Sweet and tart apple and fragrant tea leaves make a great match. You can make these easily, following the helpful hints.
[Prep] Mix together the ☆ ingredients (sift if possible). Leave the butter, milk and eggs at room temperature.
[Apple filling] Peel the apple and slice into 6 x 1 cm quarters for decoration. Cut the rest into 1 cm cubes. Put the ＊ ingredients into a heatproof dish.
Cover with cling film and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir lightly and heat for a further 2 minutes. Leave to cool (when the apple cubes are tender and some juice comes from the apple).
[Muffin batter] Cream the butter with a wooden spatula in a bowl. Add the sugar and beat until light coloured and fluffy.
Add honey to Step 4 and stir. Add the beaten eggs a little at a time and keep on beating constantly.
Add the tea leaves and cooked apple with its juice (reserve the decoration apple slices) and stir well.
Add about 1/3 of ☆ and mix well. Add the milk in 2 to 3 batches and keep on stirring.
Add the rest of ☆ and fold in until evenly combined.
Spoon the batter into the mould and top with the apple slice. Give the mould a sharp tap to let excess air out.
Bake in the oven preheated to 180ºC for 20 to 25 minutes until golden-brown.
I added honey but you could use 1 tablespoon of sugar.
I use a silicone heart-shaped mould, but you can use normal muffin cups. Depending on the size, you could make 6 to 8 muffins.
I use a wooden spatula for making muffins and pound cakes, but at Step 4 to 6, use a balloon whisk if you prefer.
Story Behind this Recipe
I make muffins quite often because they are tasty and easy to make. The combination of apple and tea is my favorite. Here, I held back on sugar and butter to make health conscious muffins. Use pretty moulds and present them to your friends as gifts!
-When you add the eggs and milk, add in batches. It is not going to separate and you can proceed with the process easily. -If you want to make it sweeter, add more sugar to the apple filling and increase the sugar in the batter up to 60 g. -Use fine tea leaves.