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Fuji Apple Flax n' Buckwheat Muffins

I said …
It’s gettin’ Hot in here …(so hot)
So take off all your clothes….

I am gettin’ sooooo Hot, I wanna take my clothes off….

Welcome to my hot and steamy kitchen on a Wednesday eve in January where there is NO naked baking happening.

Sorry to disappoint. It’s COLD.

And I hate turning on the heater – the blasts of hot air make my head all congested. NO fun. And after trying all sorts of alternative warm-me-up-smart solutions like – let’s see – sippin’ my (kinda nasty tastin’) Chinese medicinal tea (Si Ni San – aka Frigid Extremities Powder), pullin’ on some stripey knee socks, yummin’ a bowl of hot soup w cock sauce, snuggin’ with a ginormous mug of coffee (oooohhh! and a hot H2O bottle) under a blankie, standin’ on my head ’til I broke a sweat …

Kneesocks.

See: kneesocks

Yeah. Time for drastic measures.

It was time to bake muffins.

And it’s been one of those days. The ones where way too many well-intentioned folks you cross paths with ask if Everything is Okay …’cause, well – YOU LOOK TIRED.

And you eventually have to say to yourself ……Hmmm. Maybe I am Tired??? (But nonetheless you come home and do things like put air in your bicycle tires just to feel like you accomplished something concrete.)

THOSE days.

And yeah. Maybe I am kinda Tired. (work school work work school school school work everything else blah…)

And with that – be good to me goodness I am taking the night off from All Things I Have-To-Do. (Sweet!)

And baking muffins.

Fuji Apple Flax-Buckwheat Muffins ….with a hip-hop soundtrack. (Heh.)

(If you were my neighbor across the way you mighta caught a glimpse of me through the window whisking my flours [aka, “shakin’ booty”] along with Nelly…but you are [most likely] not my neighbor. Annnnnd there was NO booty shakin’ to even be mentioning here. Just whisking. Lots of whisking….Yup – “whisking.”)

Mix a little bit a ah, ah (gluten-free flour)

With a little bit a ah, ah (applesauce)

Give a little bit a ah, ah (sugar)

With a little bit a ah, ah (honey)

With a little bit a ah, ah (cinnamon and vanilla)

And a sprinkle a that ah, ah … (sugar bits on top)

Get your whisk out friends.

The texture of these muffins is pretty magnificent I gotta say – super soft n’ moist. And Fuji apples are pretty crisp as far as apples go – and they stay kinda crunchy. A nice contrast. And if you prefer your muffins on the sweeter side (see previous posts for the “Muffin or a Cupcake? …it’s a MUFFcake!” discussion) you may wish to sprinkle some sugar bits on top before baking.

Okay- here’s the recipe:

Fuji Apple Flax n’ Bucknakedwheat Muffins

Moist n' Crunchy Texture Goodness

3/4 cup buckwheat flour

3/4 cup sorghum flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1 1/2 t  baking soda

1 t baking powder

1/2t salt

1 t xanthan gum

1t ground cinnamon

1/4 cup ground golden flaxseed + 3/4 cup cold H2O

1 cup un-sweetened applesauce

1/2 cup sugar

2 T honey

1/4 cup canola oil

2 t bourbon vanilla

1 1/2 cups Fuji apple, diced  (or, just chop up what you got.)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F …(and hit ‘PLAY” on your Nelly soundtrack! A singer-songwriter friend of mine performs a pretty AWEsome acoustic version of Hot in Here. Good so good. Feel free to make up your own too.)

Special Step: beat together the 1/4 cup of ground flax and 3/4 cup of cold H2O and set aside for 5-10 minutes.

In BOWL #1 – whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum and cinnamon. Whisk whisk whisk. (Shake shake shake.)

In BOWL#2 – mix together flax and H2O mixture, applesauce, sugar, honey, oil and vanilla. Mix mix mix.

Combine BOWLS – mix mix mix. Fold in apples.

Portion into your muffin tin. You should have plenty batter for a dozen. If you are not using paper baking cups, be sure to grease your pan a bit. Bake 30-35 mins. Cool on a rack.

Enjoy with a HOT cup of tea while you write Nelly a fan letter (and assemble him a care package of bucknakedwheat muffins).

Jules.

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