Monday, January 24, 2011

My Third Blogiversary--Crumb Cake Muffins

 Wow.  I've been blogging for three years.  I can't believe it. 

When I started "Apple a Day" three short (long?) years ago, it was something to do to fill my time.  I liked to cook and I liked to write, so it seemed a natural extension to write about my cooking.  I started with this post featuring Paula Den's mac and cheese.  But, readers, this little blog has turned into so much more.  It's now a place where I share with friends and family, where I meet new friends, and where I can share what's happening in my life.  It really is my little corner of the blogosphere--a place where food and therapy meet.  And I need to thank all of you for hanging in there with me and stopping by every now and then to see what I'm cooking and what's happening in my life.

I have some lofty aspirations for "Apple a Day" during its fourth year.  Once the wedding mayhem is over and I'm on my summer break, I'm planning to do a re-design and seriously work on my photography skills.  I've got a fantastic camera and I've never really put in the time to truly learn how to work it.  It's time to change that.

For now, my faithful readers, I offer you these crumb cake muffins.  I was craving a sweet breakfast, but I didn't want one breakfast to undo an entire week's worth of conscientious eating.  By making a few simple adjustments, I ended up with a muffin just sweet enough to satisfy my craving.  What a perfect little blogiversary breakfast!

Crumb Cake Muffins
adapted from

For the topping:
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. packed light-brown sugar
2 TBSP finely chopped candied ginger
1 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 TBSP whole-wheat flour
2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted

For the muffins:
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
1 TBSP sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. nonfat buttermilk
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. canola oil
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
baking or cooking spray

1.  In a medium bowl, make the topping by combining oats, brown sugar, ginger, flours, and melted butter.  Stir until thoroughly combined. Set aside. 

2.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a twelve-cup muffin tin with cooking or baking spray and set aside. 

3.  To make the muffins, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and stir to combine. 

4.  Pour buttermilk, applesauce, and oil in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine. Stir into flour mixture until well combined. 

5.  Fold egg whites into the batter. 

6.  Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.  (I used a standard-sized scoop.)  Sprinkle with a generous tablespoon of reserved topping,  pressing gently to adhere topping to cake.  

7.  Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan one a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.

three years ago (hooray!): The Lady's cheesy mac


ann said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm inspired by stories like yours. I am just starting this journey and sometimes I question it. Those crumb cake muffins look great. I love Martha's recipes.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Apple a Day! I remember when you started :)

Alex said...

happy blogiversary!!! those muffins looks so goood!!!!

Pretend Chef said...

All I could think when I read that this is your 3rd Bloggerversary was about all of the delicious recipes you have made and tasted over that time span. Getting to try new things makes having a blog so much more exciting! Congratulations and I am so excited to keep an eye on what's cookin' this year!

Courtney said...

Happy third blogiversary, Kelsey! :)

Ellie said...

Happy Blogiversary! Those muffins look scrumptious!

Lindsay at Peace, Love and French Fries said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Congrats on three great years!

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! What a fantastic 3 years! :) And to think, I've known you all 3 of them...*sniff*, good times! ;)

Amy said...

Happy Blogiversary!! :-)

All Things Yummy said...

Happy Blogiversary! I truly enjoy reading your blog. I'm so glad to have found it.
Muffins looks delicious.

Jen said...

Happy Blogiversary! These muffins look great.

Lexie said...

It has truly been an honor and so much fun following you on your blog. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for all the amazing recipes and family memories. I love you!

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Shilpa said...

Happy anniversary to you...Just stumbled onto your blog and thoroughly enjoyed the posts. I am going to try this crumb cake muffin - looks fab! I am setting out to find a place for myself in this 'great land of blogs' and hope can make it interesting too...

Stephanie said...

Happy Blogiversary. And these muffins look DE-lish.

Kelsey said...

Thank you so much for all the sweet comments, everyone. I really appreciate them and look forward to sharing with you for years to come!