Breakfast was a rather large bowl of porridge this morning. I love porridge! To save time in the morning, I usually soak the oats in hot water (from the kettle) and a bit of milk in a saucepan overnight - that way, I just have to heat it up with a bit more milk in the morning. Sometimes I just fancy it plain but this morning I added a handful of raisins to it. I think my favourite is apple, raisin and cinnamon :-) I love how this type of breakfast really sets me up for the day and warms me through and through.
Spiced Apple Muffins (makes 10 -12)
255g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
85g - 110g sugar
170g chopped apple (don't cut these too small as you will lose the apple flavour in the muffin)
90ml vegetable oil
60g -85g raisins, sultanas or chopped walnuts (or a mixture of all of these)
3 tbsp soft brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 190-200c (conventional oven)
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Add the chopped apples and raisins (or sultanas/walnuts if using).
- In another bowl, mix the egg, milk and oil, then add to the dry ingredients.
- Stir until just combined (avoid over-mixing).
- Spoon into muffin cases and sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Bake for 20- 25 minutes until the tops are lightly browned.
These freeze very well - just defrost when you fancy a little treat. You can heat these briefly in the oven and serve with vanilla ice cream...delicious!