Apple and cheddar muffin

It’s been a bumper year for apples. The trees are drooping with rosy red apples ripe for the picking. We have two different places from which to gather them. When we visit the grandparents, my wee one loves going out into the garden with her Opa to check on the apple tree. When the time is right she’ll help him to pick them and (hopefully) bring some of the bounty home with her.

red appleOn our last visit they were almost but not quite ripe yet. This did not stop her from wanting some (have you tried arguing with a 2 year old?!) one for her, one for mummy and one for daddy…

red applesI didn’t need to be told twice that perhaps they would be better cooked. Hhhmm now what should I bake? Since they were given to me by the littlest member of the family they had to be child friendly. One of her favourite foods is cheese and I know it’s popular to add a slice of cheddar cheese to apple pie so why not an apple and cheddar cheese muffin?

apple cheddar muffinThe sweet apple contrasts beautifully with the savoury salty cheese to make a sweet and savoury muffin. If I made them again I’d take out some of the sugar just to bring out the flavour of the cheese.

The little ones comment “it’s not bad”. My harshest critic indeed!

Apple and cheddar cheese muffins

Dry ingredients

  • 140g brown sugar
  • 250g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Wet ingredients

  • 85g butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100ml milk


  • 100g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 – 3 apples, chopped

Set oven to 180C. Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together. Mix the two together then add the grated cheese and apple chunks. Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper cases. Sprinkle with a little extra cheese. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes until golden and risen.


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