As I was looking for a recipe to make in honor of Earth Day (04.22.12), I was going through all the different parts of the world and tried to find what they were the best at growing to make a dessert. It became a bit overwhelming to put all the ingredients together and make something “good” that would represent Earth Day. In between a million different bookmarks, I stopped and asked myself what does this day means to ME as a baker, and came up with the fact that I wanted to create something local and organic. In fact, Earth Day is a reminder that challenges us to make positive changes to our daily habits for a better world. When it comes to food, cooking and baking with local, sustainable and organic produces can make a difference! So out the window with my first idea and came this idea that honors my own part of the world, Canada.
When you think Canadian produce you think; oats and dairy (Prairies), apples (Ont, BC and PQ), maple syrup (PQ), berries and honey. What could I make that represent us and incorporate all those delicious produce together? Humm… Organic honey-apple muffins, with an oat & maple syrup crumble, made to share with all your friends on Earth Day!
Makes 12 delicious muffins to share or not!
- 2 cups organic whole wheat flour or
- 1 cup organic whole wheat flour and 1 cup never bleached all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup organic honey
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup organic milk
- 1/3 cup organic unsalted butter
- 2 organic eggs
- 1 cup shredded organic apples*(about 3 apples)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup organic oats
- 1/3 cup organic whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp cold organic butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
How to make it
- Preheat oven at 375°F.
- In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients. Reserve.
- In a mixer, combine eggs and butter, mix well.
- Add honey (mix for about 3 min).
- Add vanilla.
- Alternate by adding dry ingredient and milk.
- Add apples, just mix until they are all incorporated in the batter. Do not over mix.
- In a muffin tin put unbleached baking cups, add batter to about half.
- For the topping, combine flour, oats, cinnamon and maple syrup.
- Work in cold butter and mix until texture is crumbly (I use my hands, it’s much easier).
- Spoon over 1 tbsp of topping over muffin mixture.
- Bake for about 18-20 min.
*You can interchange apples for any fruit that is locally grown in your part of the world. I debated between apples and berries since we also grow beautiful ones here but couldn’t find fresh ones at this time of the year.
Serve the muffins in a recyclable egg cartons, it’s cute and good for the environment!Enjoy this sweet remedy for planet earth!