Saturday, September 15, 2012
Baking Challenge Week 36 - Apples - Apple Spent-Grain Muffins
The husband and I brewed up a new batch of beer last weekend, so I had a big tub of spent grain to play with. I've done bread and pizza crust, so this time I thought I'd tackle muffins.
I started with my favorite oat bran muffin recipe, figuring that I could sub out the oat bran for the grain, which worked pretty well. I threw a chopped Red Delicious apple into the batter to give it more sweetness and some texture.
Oops! Red Delicious apples bake away to squishy blobs of nothing. I gave it texture, alright--bad texture.
The consistency of the muffin itself is fine: moist and dense without being heavy. The flavor is a little bland--I can't decide if it needs more sugar, salt, or both. But the blobs of squishy apple just ruin it.
The cooking challenge #36 is apples too, but I have a foolproof plan there, my favorite savory apple application that has never, ever failed me. I will redeem myself!