In my very first book, one of the secondary characters, who also happened to be the hero’s sister, was a fabulous baker. Seeing as how I adore baked goods, I knew I had to share one of Cordelia’s recipes with you today.
I actually adapted this recipe from one I found on the Food Network, and made it myself. It is delicious! Makes wonderfully moist muffins with just the right amount of sweetness. I hope you enjoy!
Cordelia Tucker (A Tailor-Made Bride) supplied Coventry’s general store with fresh baked goods. Her bread and rolls were in great demand, but for those with a sweet tooth, her apple muffins were irresistible. She welcomes the heroine, Hannah Richards to town with a batch of these muffins in chapter 5.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored, and finely diced
- 2 Tbls brown sugar
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-capacity muffin pan with cooking spray. Mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk the ¾ cup brown sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add applesauce and vanilla.
Whisk in the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the buttermilk, until combined. Gently stir in the apple chunks.
Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling the cups nearly to the top. Sprinkle with the topping mixture. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove them from the pan to finish cooling.
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