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|Richard in Cincy||
Rainbow Bridge Apple Muffins...
Joined: Dec 12, 2005
Posted to Thread #29500 at 10:19 pm on Mar 20, 2017
I am very lucky to have had the same dear sweet neighbor since 1999 when we moved into our current Haus. We both got new puppies in 2001 after losing both of our previous hounds the year before. We adopted the baby Siegfried, the Wunder Wire-Haired Dachshund and Eileen adopted Bogey the Perpetual Motion Miniature Schnauzer. We watched our little tadpoles grow up and play together. We babysat for each other. Anytime I was working in the garden, I would go get Bogey to run around and play with Siegfried, then Loki, then Bragi, then Siegmund. My little Siegfried died far too soon as they always do, dear sweet Loki has also come and gone, and Bogey was now playing with our 3rd and 4th dachshunds.
But alas, after 16 wonderful, happy, loved, and healthy years, it was Bogey's time to go. He got sick on Friday and by Saturday, his little heart stopped and was done. We are bereft at the passing of one of the sweetest dogs anyone could ever know.
So as much as I was grieving, I knew Eileen was consumed by the sadness of Bogey's death, so I got up yesterday morning to make Sunday dinner. It's what we do. When the tough gets going, we cook.
So I took her my Vinegar Chicken Saute, Roasted Vegetables with garlic, balsamic, and herbs, my grandma's creamy cole slaw, the Raw Apple Muffins (grated apples, raisins, walnuts) from the glorious never-fail Gourmet Cookbook, a bottle of chocolate wine, the NY Times (she has mentioned how much she enjoys reading my newspaper when we're away) and a sympathy card with the Rainbow Bridge poem which I tear up every time I read. I baked the muffins in rainbow foil muffin liners to tie in with the Rainbow Bridge theme.
But these apple muffins. I knew they would be good. Everything I make from this book is all superlative. So that’s why I baked an untried recipe. They’re amazing. I only baked a half recipe and it did just fine (I only had 2 apples or I would have done the whole thing).
4 cups diced apples
1 cup sugar
˝ cup corn oil
2 tespoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
˝ tsp. each of mace and allspice
1 teaspoon slat
1 cup raisins (I use Trader Joe's Jumbo 3-color raisin mix--total yumminess')
1 cup chopped walnuts
Put racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 325F. Generously butter 20 muffin cups (or use rainbow foil muffin liners).
Toss together apples and sugar. Whisk eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir into the apples. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Dough will be very thick.
Divide batter into muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake, switching positions of pans halfway through, until a wooden pick comes out clean (25 minutes for me).
I glazed them with a butter-rum fondant and topped them with walnut halves.
Other messages in this thread:
- 29500. Rainbow Bridge Apple Muffins... [LINK] - Richard in Cincy - 10:19pm on 03/20/17 (12)
- RIP Dear Sweet Bogey [IMAGE] - Richard in Cincy - 10:26pm on 03/20/17
- I'm in tears...losing a beloved pet is so hard, they are with us too short of time and it goes by - KarenNoCA - 11:10pm on 03/20/17
- I understand! They don't live long enough! - Richard in Cincy - 12:56am on 03/21/17
- Oh my goodness Richard. You lost your dear Bogey. - CathyZ from Kauai - 3:37pm on 03/21/17
- Another photo while I'm at it. We share too few. [LINK] - Richard in Cincy - 12:47am on 03/21/17
- Christmas card perfect! [NT] - MarilynFL - 12:05pm on 03/21/17
- So sorry Richard. Our doggies give such joy to our lives. Rainbow Bridge brings me to tears [NT] - barb_b - 1:52pm on 03/21/17
- Love that picture! [NT] - KarenNoCA - 6:40pm on 03/21/17
- the pain of losing a furry friend is sharp, intense, cruel... a warm hug going your way.... [NT] - SallyBR - 2:03am on 03/22/17
- Sorry for you and your neighbor's loss. I've felt that pain. - Michael in Phoenix - 3:02pm on 03/22/17
- My sympathy for the loss of Bogey as well as your other dogs. [NT] - wigs - 6:54pm on 03/27/17
- Our pets are our four-legged children. We still miss our two. [NT] - Anna_X - 4:09am on 03/29/17