The crackle and scent of a wood-burning fire, long walks shuffling through fallen leaves along country roads or through traditional villages, shopping for unique hand-made gifts and annual craft and agricultural fairs. Fall can also mean a round of golf and snowcover for the first turns of the season.
Peel and core apples; cut into big chunks. In a medium-size saucepan, toss apples with lemon juice. Add cider, sugar, and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon. Mash to the consistency you prefer, be it smooth or chunky! This is wonderful when paired with grilled pork chops!
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Combine the brown sugar and oats, and add to the flour mixture. Beat the egg, milk, and oil together and add to the flour-oats mixture, blending well. Fold in the apple.
Spoon into paper-lined muffin tins or tins that have been greased or coated with no-stick cooking spray and sprinkle tops with additional sugar. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
“But I remember more dearly autumn afternoons in bottoms that lay intensely silent under old great trees”