With the holidays season in full swing, these Apple Cornmeal Flax Muffins are a healthy breakfast or dessert in between all the wine, cheese and other treats we indulge in this time of year. After a weekend of stuffing my face, I crave fruit and fiber – an apology to my body for having no will power when I see a cheese platter. I’ve fully accepted that as I get older, I can no longer eat with total reckless abondon, and need to be kind to my stomach even during the holidays.
Apple Cornmeal Flax Muffins
This past fall, my girlfriends and I spent the day apple picking at Puddicombe Estate Farms, an annual tradition. With a bushel of fruit in my fridge the possibilities were endless! Over the past month I made lots of cider, apple crisp, apple butter and for my last five precious apples I decided to bake these muffins. Easy to make and a quick, portable breakfast or snack, my boyfriend and I are big muffin fans and when we bake together, we like to throw in all kinds of different ingredients and try out new flavour combinations.
One of my staple dishes I like to make during the holidays is a cornmeal and apple stuffing, such a tasty pairing! This inspired me to include some cornmeal to add some natural sweetness and density. While I added a bit of brown sugar, they are mainly sweetened with honey and the apples. To add to the heartiness, I also threw in some ground flax seeds for extra fiber. Packed full of apples with some cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for that holiday spice, these muffins are a healthy sweet treat.
Martha Stewart’s Thin & Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies
During this quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, one must ask themselves a very important question: Chewy or Crispy? I always thought without a doubt that chewy was the only way to go but after I tried Martha’s Thin and Crispy cookies I feel a little torn between the two options. Her cookies are perfectly light and buttery, making them very addictive! The cookies in this photo turned out a little square because I didn’t have time to bake a third batch. But I actually quite like the shape, and the result was a larger cookie so whose to complain?
yield Makes about 3 dozen
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, 1/4 cup water, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake until cookies are golden brown 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
QUEST COOKIE RATING – 8.5 – [10 = perfect — 1 = would not make again]