My son and I entered the first (and hopefully annual) Summit Fall Cook-Off at Seven Stars in November. The only rule was the recipe needed apples as a prominent ingredient. Although my son and I usually do not cook together the event inspired us. We perused a number of recipes including soups, pizza, pasta, and baked apples. We chose recipes new to us (Sweet Potato Apple soup and Apple Pecan muffins) with no time to experiment or adjust ingredients before the event. If we make the soup again, we’ll add more spice. The muffins received Honorable Mention and our now a new favorite in our home.
Apple PecanÂ Muffins
Makes about 18 muffins.
-Â Â Â 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-Â Â Â 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
-Â Â Â 3/4 teaspoon salt
-Â Â Â 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-Â Â Â 2 eggs
-Â Â Â 1 cup granulated sugar
-Â Â Â 1/3 cup vegetable oil
-Â Â Â 2 cups chopped apples (we used Macoun)
-Â Â Â 1 cups chopped pecans
-Â Â Â 1 cup flaked coconut
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar and oil. Stir in chopped apples, pecans and coconut. Stir apple and egg mixture into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased and floured muffin cups about three-fourths full.
Bake at 350Â° for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to a rack.