PBJ Muffins & Spiced Apple Muffins – 1 batch…2 recipes

A single batch divided beautifully in to 2 tasty flavours.  A spiced fruity one and a peanut butter and jam filled delight! Mmmmm!

Happy New Year peeps!  It’s been a while I know but apart from being manically busy over the festive period, it’s been a rather rushed and non-stop return to work.  But 2 weeks in to 2015 schooling and I’ve found a few moments to jot down the recent recipe in the ZoBird’s house.  The basis for this bake is from a recipe book I got a long time ago – about 10 years in fact and is called Muffins – Fast and Fantastic 3rd Edition…I really must find the first 2 editions as these are fail safe recipes and are easily adaptable.  With that in mind I wanted to make some muffins that would keep everyone in the house and office happy.  Grant doesn’t like peanut butter…weird I know, whilst Lucy in the office dislikes fruit in cakes.  So I found an oatmeal muffin recipe…upped the numbers a fraction and in turn made 2 separate batches from one recipe.  This works a treat with cupcakes too…especially if you have a group of people who can’t agree on one baked goods flavours :)

Core Recipe Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour
  • 130g oats
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 3/4tsp bicarb
  • 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1 BIG free-range egg or 2 small
  • 165g brown sugar
  • 225ml natural yoghurt
  • 225ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 135ml vegetable oil

Spiced Apple Extras

  • 1 large apple
  • 2 small handfuls of walnuts
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • 2tbs of brown sugar

PBJ Extras

  • peanut butter
  • jam (strawberry or raspberry)

Method

Assemble all of your ingredients…then you’ll know if you forget anything or not…cunning eh ;)

Get a few bowls out…this is a dry ingredients – wet ingredients separate recipe…so line ‘em up!

Pop the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in to the larger bowl…

Meanwhile mix the wet ingredients in a large jug and whisk – egg, yoghurt, milk, oil and the brown sugar

Now throw the oats on top of the dry ingredients…stir until fully combined…

Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet…stir carefully until fully combined but don’t overmix…you don’t want solid muffins!

Now half your batch…I judged this by eye but if you want to be overly precise then weigh the bowl before and after, then divide between 2…Good maths eh?!

It’s time to sort your flavours…peel, core and chunk up a nice crunchy apple

Get a handful of walnuts and chop in to small chunks

Put your apple, walnuts and the mixed spice in to one of the bowls…stir until evenly distributed through the mix

Scoop in to muffin cases until about 3/4 full and you’ll end up with lovely rounded tops above the case line when baked…

Now for the tasty crisp top…mix a small handful of chopped walnuts with 2tbsp of soft brown sugar…

Sprinkle on top of each muffin before placing in the oven…but hang on, we need to get the PBJ’s on too…

 

Place a large tablespoon of mix in the base of each case (you should get 9 muffins) and top with a small teaspoon of jam...I used raspberry but grape, blueberry, blackcurrant or strawberry will be equally lush!

Place a large tablespoon of mix in the base of each case (you should get 9 muffins) and top with a small teaspoon of jam…I used raspberry but grape, blueberry, blackcurrant or strawberry will be equally lush!

Now top each of those jam dollops with a hearty teaspoon of peanut butter...I used smooth but lets be honest PB is amazing in any shape and form!

Now top each of those jam dollops with a hearty teaspoon of peanut butter…I used smooth but lets be honest PB is amazing in any shape and form!

  • Now place the muffins in to the oven for about 20mins…until the tops spring back!
All baked to perfection...They should rise above the tin but still hold their shape...leave for a few mins to cool slightly before tucking in!

All baked to perfection…They should rise above the tin but still hold their shape…leave for a few mins to cool slightly before tucking in!

The beauty with this recipe is that it’s a great standard recipe to base any experimentation on.  You could fill them with anything you like or mix a variety of fruits through the mix.  Fresh blueberries would be a bursting glory in the oat mix or a naughty raspberry and white chocolate combination.

Give it a whirl and see what happens…even the unsuccessful bakes tend to taste pretty darn nice…plus as JoJo’s theory goes…no matter what’s included as extras, the fact they’re oat based make them ‘breakfast muffins’ as well as lunch, dinner, tea, supper and any time muffins haha!

Happy Baking

ZoBird xxx

 

 

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