Friday, April 29, 2011

Recipe: Apple Muffins from Author Karen Witemeyer

by Naomi Rawlings

Author Karen Witemeyer is with us today to share one of the recipes that appeared in her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride.

2 Tbls brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored, and finely diced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-capacity muffin pan with cooking spray. Mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk the 3/4 cup brown sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add applesauce and vanilla.

Whisk in the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the buttermilk, until combined. Gently stir in the apple chunks. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling the cups nearly to the top. Sprinkle with the topping mixture. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles.

Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove them from the pan to finish cooling.


A Tailor-Made Bride is a finalist for both the prestigious RITA and National Readers' Choice Award.

Karen's newest book, To Win Her Heart, releases May 1st. Here's a little bit about it:

A blacksmith with a criminal past. A librarian with pacifist ideals. Do they have a fighting chance at finding love?

Having completed his sentence for the unintentional crime that derailed his youthful plans for fame and fortune, Levi Grant looks to start over in the town of Spencer, Texas. Spencer needs a blacksmith, a trade he learned at his father’s knee, and he needs a place where no one knows his past. But small towns leave little room for secrets. . . .

Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her time to the lending library she runs. When a mountain-sized stranger walks through her door and asks to borrow a book, she steels herself against the attraction he provokes. His halting speech and hesitant manner leave her doubting his intelligence. Yet as the mysteries of the town’s new blacksmith unfold, Eden discovers hidden depths in him that tempt her heart.

Levi’s renewed commitment to his faith leads Eden to believe she’s finally found a man of honor and integrity, a man worthy of her love. But when the truth about his prodigal past comes to light, can this tarnished hero find a way to win back the librarian’s affections?

If you're interested in this latest book, check out a review or order it online. And don't forget to eat one of those delicious muffins while you're reading it.


A summa cum laude graduate with an English Education degree, Naomi Rawlings has been writing inspirational romance for over two years. Her latest completed manuscript, Her Journey’s End, has finaled in several writing competition. Naomi lives in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula with her two young boys and her wonderful husband, who pastors a small church.


  1. Delicious sounding recipe! Love anything brown sugar, cinnamon, and appley! And the new book, To Win Her Heart, sounds like a wonderful story. Thanks Karen and Naomi.

  2. Don't they sound good? I really want to make some, but the problem is I always come up with a dozen other things to do that don't involve spending time in the kitchen.

    And To Win Her Heart is great. I just finished it, and I really see you liking it, Sally.

  3. the book sounds very interesting... hmmm, may have to fit that one in! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. You should buy it Brandi, I loved it!