Apple season is here in full swing and there will be plenty of apple muffins, cakes, pies and all these delicious apple breakfasts in my house going forward. We really love anything with apples, do you?! ?
Whenever I make this recipe I normally choose to go for muffins that’s because I do love the texture and I love the fact that requires no cutting, no mess etc.
However, I do sometimes, as you can see, choose to change this and go for a small cake or loaf, however you wish to call it.
I made this apple cake last Sunday and I was a bit lazy to get out too many ramekins, too much fuss and washing after (did just two for the kiddos) so I just made it in a smaller dish and it turned out absolutely beautifully.
We had to rush to piano lessons so we decided to have it for a late breakfast, but boy, it went down a real treat.
Next Saturday we have planned to make some apple, oatmeal and cottage cheese pancakes which I have not made for quite a while and I do miss them now.
Apple is definitely an ingredient that has been cooked with for centuries and it is still sucjh a favourite in so many households, right?
As a kid myself, it was always my favourite time when apple desserts were made by my mum or grannies. Oh, all that smell!
Are apples good for us….? Oh, apples, apples dear apples, they’re such wonderful and popular fruit and researchers show and back all of these benefits.
So, it’s not only that we think they’re beneficial, it has actually been proven again and again and, here are some of the benefits:
- Apples are nutritious containing polyphenols( responsible for lowering blood pressure and the risks of getting a stroke, rich in fibre and Vitamin C
- They help with the weight loss apparently because they’re less energy dense and high fibre and water content making them more filling.
- Apples are good for your heart lowering the risk of heart disease lowering the cholesterol and keeping this under control to the extent of being almost as effective as statins; they contain antioxidants found mostly right under the skin.
- Apples lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, have a prebiotic effect which means they are feeding the good bacteria in our gut since they contain rich amounts of pectin.
- Consuming apples may prevent or fight Mr Nasty called cancer with the levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Apples help fighting asthma due to the high antioxidant content preventing the lungs from oxidative damage.
.Overall apples are so good for us in so many ways so the bottom line is to eat at least an apple a day and you immune system will be laughing out with joy. Do you like fruit desserts? Here are some more dessert ideas or try this apple-baked oats.
Enjoy! Enough was said so let’s just get going and make this beautiful apple and fresh ginger muffs.
Extra Fluffy Apples muffins or cake
- 200 g flour self raising
- 350 g apple grated
- 220 g sugar *
- 180 ml oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger freshly grated
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
- 3 eggs separated
- 1 teaspoon soda bicarbonate
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large apple chopped into cubes
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar to sprinkle on top
- 30 g chopped almonds
- Preheat the oven at 190°C. Prepare the ramekins, muffin tray or dish (depending on where you want to make this) by greasing these with either butter or an oil spray.
- Grate the apples and set aside.
- Chop the apple for the topping and mix with the sugar into a bowl. Set aside.
- Using a freestanding electric mixer, beat the 3 yolks plus 1 egg white for 1 min at a pretty high speed. Add 100g sugar and continue beating for 2 min then add another 100g sugar and continue beating for another 2-3 min.
- While still beating add the oil in a little drizzle. Continue beating until oil has been all added.
- Mix the soda bicarbonate with the cider vinegar in a small cup and add to the egg mixture, together with the vanilla, freshly grated ginger and mix until incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients( flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and add to the egg mix into two batches folding in gently the flour mix. Do not over mix.
- Add the grated apple, to the batter add some or all juice too. Mix with a spatula until uniformly incorporated.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared ramekins, muffin tray or dish, I used both ramekins and a dish. Sprinkle some of the apple cubes and almond flakes and bake for 30-40 min at 190C depending on what you bake them into. They should get slightly golden brown and when inserting a wooden skewer in the middle comes out clean.
- Serve warm with a dollop of creme fraîche or a nice vanilla ice cream.