19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, August 24 – Thursday, August 27, 1914: For lack of something to write.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is the third of four days that Grandma combined into one entry. Since Grandma didn’t give me much to go on today, I’m going to share an old recipe for Crab Apple Muffins.
A hundred years ago farm family meals in August were generally based on foods which were in season. I wonder whether Grandma’s family had a crab apple tree.
Crab apples are ripe here. A crab apple recipe that I especially enjoy is Crab Apple Muffins. The chopped crab apples give the muffins a wonderful, flavorful, tart zest.
Crab Apple Muffins
2/3 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups chopped crab apples *
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine eggs, melted butter, vanilla, white sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl. Stir in baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add flour, and stir until combined. Add the cropped crab apples. Grease muffin tins, and then fill each muffin cup approximately 2/3 full with batter. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes approximately 24 muffins.
*Core crab apples before chopping, but do not peel.