WHEN MAMA’S MAKING APPLE MUFFINS, AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD, #20

It’s a cold and wintry morning,

and the snow lies on the ground,

deep and thick and heavy,

a white blanket all around;

 

From deep beneath my quilts, I smell

the coffee as its boiling,

In the kitchen down below, I hear

my mama as she’s toiling.

 

I slip into my old brown dress and shoes,

and the apron mama made me,

I splash my face with water,

and tie my hair behind me,

 

I rush down to the kitchen

to see what I can do,

And mama looks at me and laughs,

,says “You haven’t tied your shoes”

 

I ask what she is making and

she tells me with a smile,

We haven’t had those muffins

that you like, for quite a while”

Oh, muffins! Muffins! My heart sings–

I run down to the cellar

and there amongst the straw I find

red apples in the barrel;

 

In the kitchen, I help peel and dice

two apples, I am learning,

And mama takes some kindling and

she gets the stove fire burning.

 

She takes out her yellow mixing bowl

and puts in salt and eggs and flour,

adds soda, butter, cinnamon, and

some milk that has turned sour.

 

Then we fold in those chopped apples,

that I stir up with a wooden spoon,

She says the batter should be lumpy,

But we’ll be eating muffins soon.

 

I grease the little muffin pans

that look like little cakes,

We gently spoon the batter in

and wait for them to bake.

 

Mama tells a story while

we both clean up the kitchen,

The apples in a barrel come

from her brother back in Michigan.

 

He sends a barrel full each fall,

and it’s such a wondrous feeling,

and while the muffins bake away,

I sit and eat the peelings.

Here for you to make in your own kitchen is mama’s receipt for apple muffins.  This recipe calls for “one cup milk” and doesn’t state that it should be fresh–presumably so, but mama would have known that sour milk would enhance the recipe (mama called them receipts) while at the same time using up some milk that had gone bad.

APPLE MUFFINS

2 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR

1 CUP APPLES, CORED, AND CHOPPED BUT NOT PEELED*

1 CUP MILK

1 1/2 CUPS BUTTER, MELTED AND COOLED

1/4 CUP SUGAR

1 EGG

3 TSP BAKING POWDER

1 TSP GROUND CINNAMON

1/4 TSP GROUND NUTMEG

1/2 TSP SALT

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Grease 12 muffins cups or line with paper cupcake liners; mix all ingredients using a wooden spoon. batter will be lumpy. Fill muffins cups 2/3 full. bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.  Mama would use a clean broom straw for a tester.  Makes 1 dozen.

*We didn’t peel the apples because mama knows I like to eat the peelings.

 

 

 

Sandra Lee Smith

Originally posted June 24, 2010

Updated October 8, 2018

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