Cinnamon Apple Muffins

I used to work at a college in a rural town about 2 hours north of Pittsburgh. There are three things that stick with me about my time there.  The first is that I met one of my greatest friends there and I am so thankful to have her in my life.  The second is that it had the most beautiful country campus with lots of flora and lovely leafy trees. The last was that the ladies in the cafeteria made some delicious cinnamon apple muffins.  The best part about these muffins was the big chunks of apple inside.  It was a very dissappointing day when I went down to the little cafe in the student union and they were sold out.

This recipe reminds me of those yummy muffins though it is an adaptation of the Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Topping in the More from Magnolia cookbook by the infamous Allysa Torey of Magnolia Bakery fame.  My mum bought me this cookbook as a wedding present and it has proved a great staple in my house.  In Allysa’s recipe she uses canned apple filling and makes a coffee type cake from the recipe.  I’ve slightly adapted it to use fresh apples, as I’m not very keen on the canned apple filling I’ve found in the UK, and it can be used for muffins or makes a lovely breakfast bundt.

I hope you enjoy!

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Grandpap’s Pumpkin Pie

There are a few things my grandpap is famous for in our family. One is that he has been building his house from 30+ years but the one we are concerned with today is his show stopping pumpkin pie. Every Thanksgiving he would break his back making tons of pies not only for the big meal we would all have when we came to visit but for everyone to take at least 2 pies home with them.

Every year we pile around while we are shoveled out giant portions of pumpkin pie with dollops of my grandmother’s homemade whipped cream and we would ask him to tell us again how he makes them. You would think I would remember a recipe that I’d heard every year of my life but alas I’ve never written it down.

A few years ago I decided to just try to make it on my own. I just kept adding spices until it smelled like his version. This recipe is so good that I could honestly eat an entire pie in one sitting. I am pretty sure that I have at some point.

The spice in the pie makes your whole house smell like warm cinnamon and cloves. It gets me in the mood for the holiday season and makes my belly oh so very happy! I hope it does the same for you!

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