Where it all went wrong....
Let me start off by saying that I am not a baker. I have always liked the idea of it, but for some reason the stars never align when I'm mixing baking powder, baking soda and other sweet ingredients. At this point in my life I am throwing in the baking towel! In the next few paragraphs you will begin to understand why and agree with me.
It was a beautiful Friday afternoon in the South, and I just happened to get off work early. I bought the Paula Dean holiday baking magazine earlier in the week from Target. I originally bought it for reading material for clients at the salon, but when I flipped through the pages the blogger inside of me immediately got inspired!
I came home from the store on Friday with all of the yummy ingredients, and began my baking journey. I followed the instructions carefully, I thought. I checked it 2-3 times, but somehow I was lost in blogger heaven taking a million pictures of the process, and missed one KEY ingredient. I didn't realize this KEY ingredient was missing until I looked in the oven after 15 minutes of baking and for some strange reason the muffins were as flat as pancakes. Can you guess what ingredient I missed?
I stuck a knife in one to see if they were still gooey and just maybe my oven was acting crazy, but to my surprise the muffin stuck to the knife and came out of the pan. It was a solid little muffin. No fluffy goodness, no crumbling out of my fingers. SOLID. I then used a lot of **expletives** as I called Matt to explain the disaster. He laughed his head off and it lightened the mood and made me begin to laugh! Life is too short to get upset over hard muffins. An important lesson I learned...."Don't forget baking soda!"
The recipe I might add was amazing. You should make them, but just quadruple check the ingredients. I will attempt to make them again in the near future!
makes 2 dozen
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup applesauce
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
4 large eggs
1. Preheat oven to 350degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with aluminum foil or paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Make a well in the center of mixture. In a small bowl, combine applesauce and next 3 ingredients. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups; sprinkle with Streusel Topping.
3. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
Happy baking to all of you lovely people! Hope you have better luck than I did.