Tuesdays with Dorie will be "Teanna Does Wednesdays with Dorie" this week! I was a bit delayed in making the dessert (read: I still haven't made it yet), but will make it tomorrow to post! I apologize for any inconvenience!
I saw these muffins on a blogger friend's page. Tracey, of Tracey's Culinary Adventures, had an apple theme on her blog this past week, and when I saw these muffins, I jumped out of my chair and made them.
I'm not kidding. At 12:30 in the morning on Monday morning, I started baking these whole wheat muffins. There is nothing better than seeing a recipe that you love and knowing you have all of the ingredients to make it. And then on top of having all of the ingredients, having the will to make it at that very moment. That's a compelling recipe.
Honestly, food bloggers, or anyone who loves to cook for that matter, how many times do you see a recipe and bookmark/dog ear/email it to yourself/rip out the page, swearing that you'll make it at a later date and time. And how often do you actually make that dish?
This is a recipe that is simple and straightforward and packs a great punch. Tracey saw this recipe on the King Arthur Flour blog (a site I never read, but checked out when I saw this recipe and now realize what I've been missing)
I made some changes to the recipe, but not many. I didn't have white whole wheat flour on hand, so I used regular whole wheat flour, and I added my favorite spice - McCormick Gourmet's Chai Spice. I usually don't often use premade spice blends (like pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice) because for some reason, actually measuring the out ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, etc, etc etc makes me feel like a more accomplished cook/baker, but I make an exception with this spice.
These complex fragrant spices of the chai spice work so well with the robust cinnamon (in my opinion, you can never have too much cinnamon) and the crisp gala apples become soft and sweet once baked and are finished with the slight tang of buttermilk to create a wonderful breakfast muffin.
I've listed my ingredient changes, but head over to Tracey's blog to see the entire recipe!
1 cup (4 ounces) whole wheat flour
1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon chai spice
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped