Monday, November 14, 2011

An Apple for Teacher

I am so grateful to know Miss Diana, the director at my boy's school. She is an amazing woman and teacher, and that's an understatement! She has been director of this school for 20 years and she cares for each and every one of the children as if they were her own. She is the most caring, generous, faithful, kind-hearted, loving person I know. My kids get excited when it's time to go to school and see Miss Diana, and so do I! Her generosity knows no limits, she even shares her favorite apples with my boys! That is selflessness, to give up something that you love for someone else you care for. My boys really enjoy the special treats from her, and time with her. So I decided to make some very special muffins just for her, using her favorite apples.

Honeycrisp Apple Strudel Muffins

What you'll need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c (1 stick) butter, softened
1 c white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c honeycrisp apples

Strudel topping:
1/3 c light brown sugar
1 tblsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tblsp butter

To Make:
Preheat oven to 375. Grease or line 12 muffin cups.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Add eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon into prepared muffin cups.
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over tops of muffin mixture in cups.
Bake 20 mins or until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan 5 mins, then cool completely on wire rack.

The boys were super excited to give all the muffins to Miss Diana, they even fought over who was going to carry them into school! It sure does make it a lot easier to be a working mom when you know that your children are in good, loving hands! Miss Diana has put her stamp of approval on these muffins, and so has my husband. He came home this evening looking for them. Sorry honey.

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