After making Jacques Pepin’s delightful Apple Tart I had an enormous quantity of leftover apples already cut up. Because apples turn brown precisely 3.2 seconds after they’ve been cut I clearly needed to do something with them NOW. I looked around for a recipe that might be tasty that called for apples. There were a lot of pies, turnovers, and other recipes that were far too complex for my laziness at the moment. I finally stumbled over an Apple Strudel Muffin recipe, courtesy of NMARIEA on Allrecipes (my initial go to when I need a recipe for anything.) I generally do a search and sort by ratings, pick which one looks best and then hunt through the comments to see what changes people have been making to make it better. A big bag of win for group sourcing there.
I generally don’t make anything unless it’s four and a half stars or better, with hundreds or thousands of reviews. That pretty much guarantees I won’t be wasting my time. There’s nothing worse than investing time, resources, and energy into a recipe and ending up with something I wouldn’t feed to the pigeons. That makes me angry. To be sure there’s failure in cooking sometimes, and that failure often brings its own learning. No bad thing. Better to enter into things with knowledge that four thousand people thought this was tasty, however. As a side note I love the people in the comments who give the recipe a one or two star rating but then go on to reveal they didn’t actually make the recipe: Continue reading