Saturday, September 8, 2012

Welcome Fall!! Oh I Have Missed You…...




Fall…Welcome Back!!! So excited for the turning leaves, cool breezes and beginning of apple season. This is my favorite time of year…but I am sure everyone reading Baking Doux knows this. I get excited just knowing we are finally into September. 

Over Labor Day, I was able to get away and head up North. It was a enjoyable and greatly needed trip. I now understand why Minnesota is called the Land of 10,000 Lakes….(but I do argue if some should really be called lakes?? hmmm….)

There were great dinners, shopping, drinks on a couple of lakes (since they do have 10,000…we had to cover a few), a winery and, of course, an apple orchard. It did help the winery and orchard were together..so it saved us a stop. Unfortunately, the apples were sooo much better than the wine so I have no recommendation there except for the apples. Next trip, the search for a great winery will continue. 

My new scone pan!

There was also a stop at the Nordic Ware Factory Store…Did you know Nordic Ware is from MN? Now I know..This stop took quite awhile.  I can wander kitchen supply stores for hours. (My friend learned this the hard way…but was happy to oblige.  What a good friend!!!!)

Sorry for the tangent…so back to the apples. Due to the drought in the Midwest this year, apples are coming in early around here. So I get to jump to apple recipes early this year. Every September, I enjoy Caramel Apple Muffins.  When I get to enjoy these,  I know Fall has finally arrived.  I hope you enjoy the beginning of Fall as much as I do!!! 

Caramel Apple Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins
2 C Unbleached Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
1/2 C Unsalted  Butter
1/2 C White Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
2 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
3 C Apples (tart), shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with muffin liners.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

In a large bowl, beat together butter, both sugars and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually add in the flour mixture. Scoop the mixture into the prepared muffin pan and smooth tops.

Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Caramel Drizzle
50  pcs. Caramels
2/3  C Heavy Whipping Cream

Put cream and caramels in a microwavable dish. Put in the microwave and cook until smooth and creamy. (about 2 minutes)

Spoon Caramel over cooled muffin. Store in a tight container.

*Tip – Caramel can be put into a bottle and squeezed into the middle of the muffin before caramel is added to the top.  I prefer them this way :-)

Yum!

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