Apple Pumpkin Crumb Muffins

Seems like yesterday I was driving home from the beach (OK, it was yesterday). But then I passed one of my local farm fields filled with pumpkins. So ready-or-not the season has changed. At home I can still enjoy the best of both seasons on the farm and all the goodness from the farm. 

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We will soon say goodbye to summer's tomatoes and corn. But, Autumn is one of my favorite food seasons. So let's get fall started; here's my seasonal spin on the average apple muffin - add pumpkin and crumb. Great to take on-the-go too. Enjoy!


Apple Pumpkin Crumb Muffins

Makes 18 muffins or 9 x 13 coffee cake | George Hirsch Lifestyle 

For the crumb topping:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup flour 

3/4 cup oats, not quick cooking

1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1/2 cup melted butter 

Mix all sugars, flour, oats and nuts. Pour in butter and mix until topping looks like wet sand. Do not over mix; topping should have a lumpy consistency. Reserve crumb topping and prepare muffin batter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 

Lightly grease 18 muffin cups or use paper liners.

For the muffins:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour; or 50/50 whole wheat flour

2 cups pure cane granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 

3/4 teaspoon ginger 

Pinch allspice & fresh grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup can pumpkin puree

1/2 cup applesauce, or vegetable oil 

2 cups Green or baking apples, peeled, core and chopped into small pieces 

In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, pumpkin and oil. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stirring just to until flour is absorbed. Add chopped apples. 

Add batter into prepared muffin cups 3/4 filled. Top each muffin with crumb mixture and bake.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

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Macho Nacho

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When planning recipes to cook on my TV shows, one of my favorite things to do is to name the TV episodes. After many hours that go behind taping an episode, it's actually quite fun coming up with titles. These are some of my favorites: 'Wok This Way", "Rolling in the Dough", "Popping Your Cork", "Pasta-bilities" and todays post from "Macho Nacho".

This shrimp nacho is a great recipe to kick off a New Year's Eve party. The shrimp is marinated in lime and tequila and then served over a bed of nachos. Even better about this recipe its a quick heat up in the oven—or brave hearts can take it outside to the grill for a smoky flavorful addition.

George Hirsch Shrimp Nachos

Cilantro Shrimp Nachos

Makes One Platter of Nachos | From George Hirsch Living it UP! cookbook

1 pound large shrimp 26-30, peeled deveined and marinated 

1/4 cup cooked or canned black beans

1/4 cup corn, cooked or grilled off the cob

2 green onions, chopped

6 jalapeno peppers, grilled & sliced

4 cups tortilla chips (assorted, blue corn, red corn, and yellow corn)

1 Tablespoon cilantro, roughly chopped

1/2 cup jack cheese, shredded

For the Shrimp Marinade:

1/4  cup lime juice

2 oz Tequila

2 Tablespoons cilantro

1 Head caramelized garlic

1 Tablespoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon cumin

2 Tablespoons corn syrup

In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients. Add shrimp and allow to marinate 20 minutes in the refrigerator, drain and save marinade.

Pre-heat a grill or saute pan. Pour in the reserved marinade and bring to a quick boil. Add shrimp and cook on high heat for 4-5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked. Remove cooked shrimp from pan and reserve.

To assemble nachos- on an oven proof or grill pan, place tortilla chips, beans, corn, green onions, jalapenos, cooked shrimp and cheese. Warm on covered grill until nachos are warm and cheese melts. Top with fresh cilantro and serve with pico de gallo and guacamole.

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