By Melody

Have you ever had an interest in a hobby or a desire to pick something up? Act on it and try it out! Have you ever tried your hand at something and failed miserably? Don’t get discouraged, just try again! Are you pleased with yourself because you did something well? Keep at it and keep working to improve and hone your skills!

When I was a little girl, one of my interests was in baking.  Every time a family member’s birthday rolled along, my mother would pull out my grandmother’s butter cake recipe. My siblings and I would help her to make it, whipping the egg whites into stiff peaks, all by hand! I remember holding my breath, waiting to see if the cake would slide smoothly out of the pan! Another memory I have is of taking turns with my sisters to knead bread. When I was around eleven years old, my sister and I began to bake on our own.

When I first started baking, I messed up many, many times. If you were to ask my friends and family, they will tell you the stories of my many failures! While I was attempting to whisk up delicious apple muffins one day, I put a tablespoon of baking soda into the batter when I was just supposed to put a teaspoon of it. Now, now, that is a serious mistake. You guessed it! They were unbearably bitter, to a point where they were inedible!

Now, looking back, I can laugh at all my distresses. (Tip for all: learn to laugh at yourself!) However back then, I was discouraged. I felt that I had made mistakes so many times despite all my efforts.  Do you know what I discovered? Everybody starts at the foot of a mountain. Nobody reaches the peak of the mountain in one step! We have to climb the stairs, one at a time.

In the following years, my sister and I have spent hours and hours in the kitchen, baking and frosting cakes and cupcakes, learning new recipes and improving them, and learning new techniques and styles. Even though my sister and I now bake a lot for functions, birthdays, and such, we still have mountains to climb!

 When you mess up, just think: “Why?” Read up, experiment, and find the reason behind the failure. Be humble and hear the advice of others. That way, we can learn from our mistakes. Ecclesiates 9:10 says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Even if we are asked to do something we do not wish to do, we should always tackle it with a willing heart and a cheerful smile. When we learn to do everything for the glory of God, we can do it with our whole heart!

This apple muffin recipe is a very simple recipe, one of the first recipes that I attempted on my own. When I gathered up the courage to try it again, it was totally rewarding! If you are looking for something simple to make for a snack or something to serve for tea time, this will be perfect for you!

selective focus photography of cupcakes

Apple Muffins (yields 8-10)

Ingredients:

  • 110g sugar
  • 110g self – raising flour
  • 110g butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 apple (pared and diced)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Toppings:

  • 1 tbsp & 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar to combine.
  3. Mix the cinnamon into the flour.
  4. Add in the butter and flour and mix till well incorporated.
  5. Fold in the diced apple.
  6.  Evenly distribute batter into muffin liners.
  7. Bake for 8-10 min or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.

Assembly:

  1. Mix the cinnamon and powdered sugar together.
  2. Sift the mixture onto each muffin.
  3. You could choose to place a stencil on the muffin before sifting.

By Melody