Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Apple Butter Streusal Muffins

Day 2 of my practicum placements and I'm home with Little A.

Yesterday, Day 1, I received a frantic phone call at 3:45pm from her daycare with the teachers in hysterics because she had such a high fever they were worried she was going to have a seizure.

I hopped on my bicycle and zoomed over there, leaving it locked up in front for Adam to pick up on his way to pick up Big A, and snatched my shaking, burning up child and raced to the subway to get her to the pediatrician before there drop-in hours ended at 5pm.

Little A was absolutely miserable and kept complaining that her ears were "itchy". Thus, an hour later when we were finally seen by the doctor, she concluded that it was "probably" another ear infection, even though there wasn't much fluid visible in her ears yet. She said sometimes children get the symptoms before the infection is obvious in their ears. Thankfully, she gave me a prescription for her which I filled immediately. Although she failed to respond to Tylenol, a dose of baby Advil had her back to her old self (sans appetite) within 30 minutes.

She woke up today bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but we are keeping her home, at least until tomorrow. Although she has been as mischievous as ever (pulling her pants down twice in the grocery store on our way home from dropping off Big A at school) she happily sat and diapered and fed her baby doll while I pulled these muffins together.

I wanted to make something for the tea party we are hosting for my mother-in-law in honour of Mother's Day this weekend, something that was half way between a muffin and a cupcake. These are perfect. And Adam and his dad have a particular weakness for apple cinnamon sweets.

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups unsweetened apple butter
1 cup milk, apple juice or water
2 eggs or 4 egg whites
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Streusal topping
1 cup oats
1/4 cup butter
2 tbls brown sugar
2 tbls chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon

Whisk together wet ingredients in large mixing bowl. Combine dry ingredients and add to wet. Stir together just until mixed. Spoon into muffin cups and top each one with about 2 tbls of streusal topping. Bake in oven at 375F for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 16 muffins.


  1. Wait, so it's for Mother's Day...and you're a mother...Why isn't your husband making the treats?

  2. Ha, I've never known my husband to bake anything in his life! But I can't complain, every Mother's Day he treats me to a shopping spree!