Apples have been really cheap lately so I’ve been looking for apple recipes. I found a really easy apple muffin recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Muffin recipes are usually pretty easy to whip together, but this one was even easier than the average muffin recipe.

My muffins didn’t seem to turn out quite the same as The Girl Who Ate Everything. The sprinkled brown sugar doesn’t have the same effect as a streusel topping. Also my muffins didn’t really rise and so they looked almost the same uncooked as they did when they were finished and the batter remained a pale color.

The muffins tasted better than they looked. The batter is sweet and the apples compliment the batter.

Apple Muffins (adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups diced apples (around 2 apples)
Brown sugar for topping (I did this for this version, but next time I’d make a streusel topping)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream together sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Add the diced apples.

3. Line muffin pan with paper liners. Fill muffin tins about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

As a recap, Baby Bro’s girlfriend (BBG) just went on her annual winter trip to Taiwan. She took a lot of pictures so that I could share them on my blog. Part 1 can be read here.

BBG paid a visit to Mister Donut, something that has been on my must try list ever since reading a post from a Hungry Girl’s guide to Taipei.

They have some flavored donuts that aren’t available here like green tea!

BBG thought the donuts were a little on the chewy side. She also thought the green tea one was really strong in green tea flavor. I definitely want to try the green tea ones. I also want try the adorable bear donuts in the last picture!

BBG also paid a visit to White Wood House, a bakery/chocolate shop.

In addition to the beautiful cakes, they also make the most adorable chocolate figures! I really want the panda one..

That’s all for now! BBG just got back from Taiwan so I’ll be asking her for more photos soon.

I bought a Heart Waffle Iron. Not that I really need one, but I love the idea of heart shaped waffles. Everything tastes better in pretty shapes.

So I decided to try out my heart waffle iron by making moffles. I’ve made moffles before. You can read about them here. Moffles are a japanese treat combining mochi in a waffle iron. Rather than sticking to the waffle iron, these mochi pieces melt and spread out to look like waffles. The exterior is crispy and non-sticky and the inside is chewy.

The type of mochi used for moffles can be purchased at japanese markets. They are hard until heated and are usually individually wrapped and are pre-cut into individual sized squares. Here is a picture I took a while ago:

By themselves, the moffles don’t have much of a taste. They remind me of rice cakes. I like eating them plain but you can also add something to sweeten them like sweetened anko beans or perhaps some nutella spread. BF didn’t like the taste of these, so I drizzled some chocolate on his. You can also use add cheese or something savory.

To make the moffles, you simply put one mochi square into the middle of your waffle iron. I didn’t grease my waffle iron beforehand and had no problem removing the moffle. The moffle will slowly begin to spread. You can’t follow the timer or ready signal on your waffle iron. Instead, you just have to kind of guess. The moffle should spread to a thin layer. When it seems like it is done spreading (i.e. the moffle looks opaque rather than having  solid white mochi chunks still), that is when it is done.