I have to admit I’m not a big fan of muffins. For no particular reason, I just think there are other, not even necessarily better, cakes out there. However muffins are very popular in my family and it started some time ago, when my niece made them for the first time and felt in love with them right away. I know, you are going to say, not a big deal, but muffins were definitely not part of MY childhood, so imagine how surprised I was when I called my mom and she said “We are making muffins!” Awww 😀 My niece is 11 years old and is one of the most funny and brightest kids I’ve never known. And I say that not because she’s my niece, it’s simply a statement of fact. When she was born I still lived in the country so I could watch her grow and I still remember when I saw her for the first time- she was exactly 6 weeks old and I was so scared while holding her!! I remember those big, blue eyes looking at me, probably thinking “And there you go, another one, who is going to stare at me and keep saying how cute I am…” Well, it was true. I couldn’t take my eyes off her, because she was a stinking CUTE BABY! She looked like she was born just to be admired and adored by the whole family.
When this whole muffin madness started, I was skeptical about it, mostly because I know we as a family love pancakes for sure- so muffins, really? But almost every week I was getting text messages from my sister saying that they just made muffins with this, and muffins with that… OK! I get it! Give me the recipe! My niece has two favorite recipes and today I’m sharing one of them. I modified it a little bit, to make it more healthy, and I think the result was fantastic. It’s so simple and fast, that you can just get up on Sunday morning, when the whole house is still sleeping and make them for breakfast. Apples are part of the original recipe, and I added some hazelnuts and sunflower seeds. Also instead of normal plain yogurt, I used the goat one and also added some cream. My last modification was the orange water- to make the pastry more puffy. This is the easiest muffin recipe ever, I promise! Well, it has to be if even the 11 years old can make it 🙂
Makes 10 muffins, preparation time- 15 min, time in the oven- 20 min, oven temperature- 180C
- 250 g of flour
- 1 egg
- 100 g of sugar
- 80 ml of olive oil
- 250 ml of yogurt- I took 150 ml of goat yogurt and 150 ml of thick cream- my sister told me with cream these muffins are even better
- vanilla sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 apple
- a few hazelnuts- around 15-20
- 2-3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
- 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
In advance prepare the apple- chop it into small pieces and spread the lemon juice over it. Fry the sunflower seeds for a few minutes until golden and do the same with hazelnuts. Chop the hazelnuts into small pieces too.
In a big glass bowl combine all ingredients together until the pastry is smooth. At the very end add the apples and the nut mixture and make sure everything is combined evenly.
I baked my muffins in ramekins but feel free to use the usual muffin pans. Sparkle some sunflower seeds and hazelnut over the muffins. Place them in the oven- you have to preheat it, and bake them for about 20 min in 180 C. Let the muffins cool down before served. Enjoy!