I always knew that not everybody loved food and baking as much as I do. There were certainly people who even disliked cooking. But I never figured out that there could be people who weren’t able to understand why I love food. So it was a little shocking for me when somebody very close to me said: “Why are you baking so much for your friends? Are you afraid of losing them or what?”
Actually, I bake because it’s fun. It makes me happy to create something beautiful and yummy with my hands and I can relax while working in the kitchen. When I’m stressed because of school, there is usually no time for baking. But if it’s someone’s birthday or my friends and me having a movie night, that’s a perfect reason for me to take a break from studying and bake something. I enjoy the baking itself, and then eating and sharing my joy with friends and family. Cooking or baking something is such a lot more fun if you eat the result together with people, just like David Lebovitz recently said in one of his videos: “Nobody makes a cake and eats it all for themselves.” So I’m also one of these people who are convinced that “FOOD is LOVE “- or rather “FOOD can be LOVE” as long as you enjoy it. And although I’m aware of the fact that there are probably many different opinions on this topic, I somehow feel sorry for anyone who isn’t able to see my point here, because those people might miss a lot of fun.
At that time when I was asked this bizarre question about buying my friends over with cake, I was – once again – in the kitchen, trying to bake some apple muffins with walnuts and marzipan filling. The idea of these muffins came up to me when I asked a friend of mine what kind of cake he would like for his birthday. He wanted something with fruits, and as it is still kind of wintery here in Europe, the first seasonal fruit I could think of was apples. I didn’t want to make a cake or pie, because that wouldn’t be appropriate for the party I was going to bring the cake to, with all these many people dancing, eating an apple pie might get a little messy. Muffins were just the right thing, because you can eat them while standing around, they wouldn’t fall apart like apple cake sometimes does on a plate while eating and there’s usually no creamy or liquid filling which might drop. But normal apple muffins seemed too simple and didn’t satisfy me, so I decided to add some chopped walnuts and a little marzipan for the sweetness.
| J.’s apple muffins
makes 12 muffins
1 tsp. baking powder
25g walnuts, roughly chopped (I used whole walnuts and needed about 4-5)
2-3 apples (depending on how big they are – you’ll need 12 pieces in the end)