Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Whole Wheat Apple Chai Muffins

After reading Steph's post about baking with King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour earlier this year, I wanted to try baking with it myself. The arrival of a fruit basket at the office resulted in some Granny Smith apples that needed to be eaten up, so I decided to take them home and experiment. The following recipe is a hybrid of my favorite banana bread recipe (which calls for sour cream) and an apple muffin recipe I found online, tweaked and "tea'd up" a bit. I sure like these moist and tasty muffins as my new breakfast treat!

Whole Wheat Apple Chai Muffins

2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Contents of two teabags of chai tea
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, divided
1 large egg
1 (8-ounce) carton reduced fat sour cream
1/2 cup skim milk
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped fine

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line muffin pans with baking cups.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, tea and cinnamon, and set aside. In another bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar and about half of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add egg and blend. Add the sour cream, then the milk and combine. Add dry ingredients and apples, stirring just until combined.

Scoop batter into baking cups (I used an ice cream scoop "not quite full" for each). Sprinkle tops with remaining brown sugar. Bake for 10 minutes, lower heat to 400°F, and bake for 10 minutes more. Yields approximately 16 muffins.

(Also today, we'll be giving away the second of four autographed copies of Laura Childs' "The Teaberry Strangler." To be entered, just leave an "Enter me" type comment to this post between now and 7 a.m. EST tomorrow. Good luck!)


  1. Hello! Enter me to win a copy of Laura Childs' book. Thank You!

  2. Yum! I'll bet the baking muffins filled your kitchen with a scrumptious aroma. Delicious evidence of another of your many gifts, Angela--- B-)

  3. Dear Angela,
    Those muffins look delicious! Very creative ingredients. You are a woman of many talents - thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    Please enter me in your 'Murder Mystery' giveaway - sounds wonderful, Joanie

  4. I always use King Arthur all purpose flour, but haven't tried their white whole wheat yet. The Apple Chai Muffins look yummy - I love spiced tea flavor.

    Can't believe I missed my chance on the book yesterday. I guess spending the morning at the dentist (and the rest of the day recuperating) messed with my blog schedule. Glad you're offering another chance.

  5. I will be looking for this King Arthur flour you mentioned, as these muffins look delicious!
    Please enter me to will The Teaberry Strangler! Susan T. from Ohio

  6. Can't wait to try the muffins... Please enter me to win a copy of Laura Childs' book too! Thank You.

  7. Please enter me! Thanks!

  8. Those sound so good, I'll need to try them. Please enter me in your giveaway for the cookbook. It would be nice to win it after a week of going to doctors!

  9. Enter me, please!

    Your muffins look wonderful. I have been thinking I should try that flour too.

  10. Just when I decided to cut back on treats....muffins! yum !

  11. Your muffins sound wonderful! Do you deliver??? :-) Yep, i'd like to be entered to win a book too!! Thanks Angela, tammyp

  12. I was just thinking the same thing... do you deliver! Those look yummy, great photos today!

    I am definitely still interested in winning one of the books, please enter me. Thanks and have a great day!

  13. Love the recipe and love baking with whole wheat! Sounds like they would go well with the murder mysteries, too! Enter me again!

  14. Your muffins look great! Enter me into the contest.

  15. For me, muffins are hard to resist. These look so wonderfully satisfying. Lots of my favorite ingredients. Thanks for sharing the new recipe you developed, Angela.

    The King Arthur Flour Company came to my small town in Ohio a few years ago and did a presentation on baking bread with their wonderful flour. Then everybody received a free recipe booklet and 5 pounds of flour. They do have wonderful products.

  16. Angela, your Apple Chai Muffins look so yummy, and I plan on trying your recipe this weekend. Can't wait! Very much enjoyed your interview with Ms. Childs. I, too, have wondered if Theodosia will ever marry, and how this author comes up with her wonderful titles. And I'm feeling very lucky with this title, as I grew up on Teaberry Lane, and my favorite place to go is Teaberry's Tearoom, our #1 tearoom in New Jersey. So please Angela, enter me in your give-away.

  17. Hi Angela,

    You have managed to combine some of my favorites all on one day - apples, chai, muffins and the newest by one of my favorite authors. I'd love to participate in the drawing.

    Janet P.


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