Tis the season for muffins, cookies, pies, and cakes oh my! The crisp cool air makes you yearn for the warmth of muffins strait from the oven. This simple muffin recipe is sure to warm your hands and fill your heart with a wonderful sense of the season. Of course, lest ye not forget thy cup of tea to accompany such a magnificent treat.

Puerh Apple Muffins (photo by Janet Sanchez, all rights reserved)

Puerh Apple Muffins (photo by Janet Sanchez, all rights reserved)

Preheat your oven to 400°F

1 cup dried apples diced (unsulfured and unsweetened)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup strongly brewed Puerh tea (aprox. 2 minute steep)
1 tbsp Korintje or Ceylon cinnamon (if using cassia cinnamon only use 2 tsp)

Pour your hot tea into a small bowl and stir in the brown sugar until dissolved. Add in your dried apples and let set for 10-15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed by the apples. Drain off the excess liquid into a small cup. Mix the cinnamon in with the dried apples until they are evenly coated.

3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil (substitute: vegetable or corn)
1 cup milk
3 eggs

In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl mix together the oil, eggs, milk and the remaining tea liquid from your apples. Make a well in the center of your dry mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Fold then together only a few times; the batter should look half way mixed. Add in your apples and fold them in.

DO NOT OVER MIX YOUR BATTER. Muffins are very easy to make but they can become tough if you over mix. You only want to mix just until the ingredients are combined. Err on the side of slightly under mixed if you’re unsure.

Pour the batter about ¾ the way up each section in a greased or lined muffin pan. Sprinkle a bit of raw sugar on top of each muffin (optional). Place into your preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the muffin.

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

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