Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, more than the beloved Christmas. Any holiday that is a celebration of family, friends, and gratefulness in a non-religious setting is my kind of day. There is something pleasant about celebrating what is present, past, and future with a dinner. Not gifts, shiny lights, and carols. Although Thanksgiving involves less than holidays such as Christmas, the simplicity of Thanksgiving makes the holiday personally more meaningful.
I baked (first use of the oven in over five months!) Apple Cinnamon Muffins the other day, which were delicious and made the house smell of autumn. The muffin batter was thicker than I expected, almost like a wet dough, although the final product was nothing like a cookie. It was a moist, sweet, addicting muffin. I added a cinnamon streusel on top of some of the muffins, which added a bit of crunch. If you prefer your muffins less sweet, make the recipe using 1 1/2 cups of sugar, as opposed to 2.
Recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Makes about 18 muffins
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups peeled, cored, diced apples (around 3 apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners.
Cream together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix until combined. Add the diced apples.
Fill paper liners almost to the top, about 3/4 of the way full.
Mix streusel ingredients with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle on muffins.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes.