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Moist and Fluffy Apple and Tea Muffins

Moist and Fluffy Apple and Tea Muffins

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.

Ingredients: For 6 muffin cups

Sugar
25 g
Butter
30 g
Milk
50 ml
(optional) Honey
about 1 tablespoon
Tea leaves
1 tea bag = 2 to 3 g
Egg
1
☆Plain flour
120 g
☆Baking powder
1 teaspoon
[Apple Filling]
*Apple
1/2 of a small one or 2/3 of a big one
*Butter
1 tablespoon
*Sugar
1 tablespoon
*Lemon juice
1 teaspoon

Steps

1. [Prep] Mix together the ☆ ingredients (sift if possible). Leave the butter, milk and eggs at room temperature.
2. [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.
3. 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).
4. [Muffin batter] Cream the butter with a wooden spatula in a bowl. Add the sugar and beat until light coloured and fluffy.
5. Add honey to Step 4 and stir. Add the beaten eggs a little at a time and keep on beating constantly.
6. Add the tea leaves and cooked apple with its juice (reserve the decoration apple slices) and stir well.
7. Add about 1/3 of ☆ and mix well. Add the milk in 2 to 3 batches and keep on stirring.
8. Add the rest of ☆ and fold in until evenly combined.
9. Spoon the batter into the mould and top with the apple slice. Give the mould a sharp tap to let excess air out.
10. Bake in the oven preheated to 180ºC for 20 to 25 minutes until golden-brown.
11. I added honey but you could use 1 tablespoon of sugar.
12. 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.
13. 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!