All the hype around these festivals pales in comparison to the build-up to Rosh Hashanah, however, as the entire country prepares to celebrate another sweet New Year and images of apples, honey and pomegranates abound.
These simply scrumptious Spiced Apple & Pecan Muffins will ease you into the mood of this much anticipated chag which....at the time of writing...is just a little more than two, short weeks away.
A SWEET NEW YEAR SPICED APPLE MUFFINS
100 grams butter
1 cup milk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 red apples, peeled and chopped
STREUSEL APPLE, PECAN & CINNAMON TOPPING
1/3 cup chopped pecan nuts
2/3 cup sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 red apple, peeled and grated
1: Mix the flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and baking powder.
2:: Melt the butter and add the milk and beaten eggs and then stir this wet mixture into the dry ingredients.
3: Be VERY careful not to overstir or muffins will be heavy - just a few turns of the spoon so that ingredients are incorporated but mixture is still slightly lumpy is ideal.
4: Stir the 2 chopped apples into the batter and half-fill lined muffin tins..
5: Combine 2/3 cup of sugar, nuts and the cinnamon and sprinkle very generously over half-filled muffins.
6: Divide remaining batter between the tins and then top with remaining streusel cinnamon topping and sprinkle grated apple over muffins.
7: Bake at 180 C for 20 minutes until golden.
COOK'S NOTES: Green apples may replace red for a slighter more tart flavor and pecans can be replaced with walnuts or coconut or left out altogether.