Sunday, 18 September 2011

Tea and cake



The fire has been lit for the first time this autumn, I can feel the days shortening and my feet getting colder. Hand knitted socks, cosy vests, patchwork quilts and a superfluity of hot water bottles beckon.


Time to harvest Bramley apples and make delicious apple muffins (you will find my very easy recipe for these here) in the Aga. This recipe is so healthy that I am sure that the muffins are positively slimming, and if you count in the time pruning and picking the Bramleys then I think that they might even have negative calories.


There is nothing like a plate heaped up with apple muffins to bring a smile to the faces of your nearest and dearest on a damp Sunday afternoon - why not whip up some right now? Twenty minutes to make and twenty minutes to bake, and lo and behold! it's time for tea.


Style notes: willow pattern tablecloth from a charity shop, Bramley apples from a tree in the garden, plate from aged relative.

30 comments:

Annie said...

Oh yum :D

Rain's stopped here, sun is out, and we'd be roasting if we lit the fire ... but I don't see that as a reason not to give these a go ;) And I do still have some of the windfalls from the trees in my mum's garden :D

Blogtopia is so bad for the waistline!

Liz said...

Those apple muffins look delicious. I must give those a try.

andrea creates said...

these look delicious!
it's getting a lot cooler here now too :)

Barbara said...

Yummy.And how the Autumn is showing itself. Central heating on for a while this afternoon and a fleece on my walk for company.

How you managed to get three dogs to take the right number of bits of paper for your give away!!! Looks like it worked though.

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Pomona Those apple muffins look really delicious (especially on the lovely blue and white dish) and I shall definitely be giving them a try with all the windfalls I'm collecting! Thank you for a lovely appley recipe today.
Helen x

Elizabethd said...

They look absolutely delicious!

Lydia @ Twelve said...

Oh yum, yum, yum.....

Will be having a go at that recipe for sure... & free on Weight Watchers too I believe?? mmmmm!

Lx

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

The apple muffins look delicious Pomona - must try them, as a change from the banana buns that comprise the extent of my baking repertoire! x

Nicky said...

Clever Pomona! - combining the willow pattern tablecloth with your willowy figure given all those negative calories! I fell slimmer just reading about them! Grin!

Mommy en France said...

Your platter is beautiful and the apple muffins look delish! And yes, autumn is in the air now, isn't it? I actually wore tights today. And we made tasty muffins this weekend too - banana oatmeal. Yum.

Jooles said...

yummy!
Yes autumn is definitely here now, time to cosy down :o)
love jooles x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe, negative calories too ~ wonderful! :)
Vivienne x

Cheryl said...

Noooo Pomona, I cannot look at your post - you cannot even know how desperate I am for something nice to eat, but I am more desperate to loose weight! They look delicious and with apples being so plentiful now .......

It is getting cold isn't it, delightful cant wait for full blown winter!

millefeuilles said...

Dear Pomona,

Yes, I made some muffins yesterday with a glug of maple syrup mixed in with the walnuts and apples.

Please, when you have a second to yourself (have you finished this weekend's cushion?) come and reply to the question at the end of my post. I am curious.

Kate said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog, just found yours now. The apple muffins look yummy!
I'm still thinking about the dresser! The cupcakes were a hummingbird bakery recipe but you just infuse a little milk with some the teabags to give the flavour! xx

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

The muffins sound divine.
How cold is cold enough for the fire?
A wee bit nip here too in the morning but as of yet I've held off on lighting the woodstove... much to the disappointment of the two Siamese.
Enjoy those muffins and the week ahead.
Susan x

momof3girls said...

Those look so delicious! I'm ready for autumn to arrive in our part of the world.

harmony and rosie said...

Don't mind if I do, particularly if I'll be doing my waistline a favour and they definitely look much more tempting than celery.

Frances said...

Your willowy styling is beautiful, and definitely sets a good stage for those apple muffins.

One of my favorite bits about autumn is all the apples that arrive. I am going to make notes of your recipes over there in your 2009 link, and try some.

I'll have to see what our farmers green markets folks have that are somewhat like Bramleys. Any suggestions?

Apple muffins for breakfast, with hints as how to this dream a reality...many thanks, Pomona. xo

**Anne** said...

I can't think of anything nicer than apple muffins made in an Aga. Definately no calories in those ones. :)
Stay cosy.
Anne xx

Pipany said...

Drizzle again here so definitely needing something warming. The muffins look good to me. x

susan said...

HaHa! Love the style notes!

ted and bunny said...

I have to admit that NOT having the fire lit has been commentable for us this "summer"!

At them moment, giving the sitting room a very other-worldy appearance, I have a clothes-horse of smalls drying in front of it as the rain is drizzing down outside.

Thursday is Rayburn servicing and lighting day...I shall be SO relieved to have my beloved stove back up and working.
If the heating oil wasn't so expensive I'd have left in on all summer!

Have a good week-
x

melanie said...

This is such a cosy post, it has filled me with comfort, I love it :) xxx

Bluebell said...

Perfect timing for me, I will definately be making those delicious looking muffins and aren't they so beautifully styled too! :-)

Yes it's a steady stream of "firsts" at this time of year, lighting the stove is a nice one which we did last week too but the worst for me is having to put the lights on first thing! x

cathleen said...

Just waking up over here across the sea, Pomona and I was thinking how lovely it would be to have one of those delicious apple muffins with my morning coffee. Hope your week is being good to you!

Florence and Mary said...

They sound delicious!

Victoria xx

Mrs. Micawber said...

I have resolutely avoided apple-buying (to do so would be to admit summer's imminent death), but those muffins look awfully tempting. Perhaps autumn isn't such a bad thing after all.

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh lovely, we always get a lot of apples at this time of year from Crafty Green Boyfriend's parents garden and another idea for how to bake them is always welcome

Little Blue Mouse said...

You've put me in a dilemma now. I've loads of cooking apples to use up, but my son doesn't like cooked apple, so if I made these it would only be myself and my husband to eat them, and I'm trying to loose weight!
But on the other hand you did say they were negative calories if you have to pick the apples first .....

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