Crab Apple Muffins Recipe

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, August 24 – Thursday, August 27, 1914:  For lack of something to write.

crab apple muffins

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 eggs

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 chopped 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.

20 Responses

  1. I love the sound of this recipe! And we’ll have crab apples soon . . .

    • I think that you’d like it. My husband and I finished the crab apple muffins that I made when I took this photo tonight–and he said that I should make some more soon.

  2. This will be a good recipe to have when our crab apples ripen. Making jelly with them all the time gets a bit boring.

    • I’ve enjoyed trying various crab apple recipes over the past few years. It you like crab apples you may also want to try the Spiced Crab Apple and Crab Apple Chutney recipes that I posted in previous years.

      • Yes, I had a look at those. They look delicious. I am keen to try them too. We won’t see any crab apples till about April or May 2015. We had your cobbler again this week. It is a firm favourite!

        • I’m a little jealous that spring is just arriving in New Zealand. The days are getting decidedly shorter here–and it’s starting to feel a bit like autumn. It’s nice to hear that the cobbler has become a favorite recipe.

  3. Sounds like your grandmother is in a post vacation funk!

  4. I’ve never made anything with crabapples, but there are plenty around right now so this just might be the time to try the recipe.

  5. I don’t remember anyone in the family ever making anything with crabapples. We kids just threw them at one another.

  6. I love tarty, fruity desserts!
    Diana xo

  7. Delicious!

  8. We had a crab apple tree when I was growing up. I remember it being messy and if you weren’t careful you would go sliding on the crab apples that fell to the ground. But I never had crab apple muffins!

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