Roasted Mix Color Apples and Pumpkin Muffins for Busy Days

Another month has begun.I can hardly wait for the new season to start. The flowers are starting to bloom here and I can almost smell their scent. 

New shades of bright and beautiful green colors are starting to paint the leaves of the trees again. And looking at those trees from my open kitchen window feels like a new beginning. Indeed! Whenever I have some spare time I love sitting on our small front porch and enjoy the fresh cool air and drink a cup of peppermint tea while my neighbor’s cat keep me company.

I wished I could have more time to spare.

And some more time to share things that inspire me every day.  Like this little piece of inspiration…

 The simple beautiful process of preparing a beet cake -video from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

But is ''not'' possible at the moment.  

We have been really busy lately...

And I missed everybody so much this last two weeks!  

Really, I have to say -I never thought I would say this- but the best thing about writing this blog has been the lovely friends I have made through this virtual blogging world. 

And I never imagine I could connect and create relantionships with people with all over the world that I don’t actually see face to face.

But technology is an amazing thing and I’m grateful that I live in this century.Otherwise never have known any of you nor your delicious-beautiful blogs either!

I get emails from wonderful people who share their feelings with me about finding a certain recipe here or just telling me how much they liked one of my pictures—even knowing that I’m not a professional photographerAnd I’m so honored that my little blog make you feel inspired or triggers some forgotten memories that somehow resemble food.

I really want to let readers know that getting their emails and comments means a lot to me. 

Thank you for been there :)

But despite being so busy there’s always time for cooking and homemade food in our home. Roasted vegetables salad, radish-potatoes with basil vinaigrette and potatoes with béchamel sauce were often a great complement in our dinners. 

Aromas of sauté mushroom and garlic on toasted French bread, couscous-roasted apples and feta salad filled our home for Saturday’s lunch. While pumpkin muffins were baking in the oven for our afternoon snack.

Oh, let’s not forget about the recipes...hearty roasted mix color apples and pumpkin muffins with sesame seeds. Super-Simple and Delicious.

And now back to work :)

I wish everybody a wonderful weekend!

Roasted Apples

Red and green apples
Soft brown sugar, to sprinkle the apples
Pinch of Sea salt
Olive oil
Rosemary or any herb of your choice

Preheat oven to 180C / 356F. Wash apples and cut into quarters.In a baking tray add apples and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with brown sugar, sea salt, pepper and herbs. Roast for 10-15 minutes. Serve over salads, meats, ice creams or cakes.

Pumpkin Muffins
2 Cups of fresh pumpkin puree**
200 gr / 7 ounces self-raising flour
170 gr / 6 ounces soft brown sugar
2 large eggs
150 ml / 5 ounces canola oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, optional
1 ½ tsp. ground nutmeg 
Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
** I used a variety of winter squash instead of butternut squash

Preheat oven to 190 C / 375 F. Grease a muffin pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl mix the sugar, eggs, and oil for about 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg into the bowl. Stir together using a spatula and making slow encircling movements until flour is incorporated-- not living any lumps of flour. Add the 2  cups of pumpkin puree and mix.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle with sesame seeds.Bake for 25-30 minutes or until it feels firm and toothpick comes out clean. When ready remove from oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.


  1. Those roasted apples look amazing - and the muffins - I'll have to try them!

  2. What a marvelous post! I miss seeing your lovely posts on the screen :-)
    And I'm so glad to see you back!

    Roasted apples sounds absolutely fantastic- love it!!! Never thought to roast apples. And these pumpkin muffins look so moist and delicious...they look like cute mini pumpkin.Seriously,I have to make those.

    BTW incredibly beautiful VIDEO and wonderful photos as always.

  3. roasted apples sound divine. i don't know why but i want to eat it with couscous. lol. and pumpkin muffins make my day any time of the year. beautiful photography!

  4. The pumpkin muffins looks really good, the apples interesting, I don't know if I would have the courage to make them, I find it difficult to use apples as savouries... maybe I would make them sweet :-), do you think that it would work?


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  5. You're getting into fall mode with apples and pumpkins! Two of my favorite things to eat. I've never roasted apples, but these look wonderful; I'll definitely be making this.

    Yes, blogging is a whole new world, isn't it? We make so many friends from so many far away places and it's such a big community, but with a HUGE heart.

  6. @Alessandra, Yes you can make them sweet too- they are absolutely delicious on ice creams and cakes-
    Thanks for the invitation :)


  7. @Barbara, you right...a big community with a HUGE heart! Love that <3


  8. Hello Aldy! I was so tickled by your comment on my blog "Snippets". What an absolute treat to discover you, your beautiful New Zealand, and your beautiful photographs. They are gorgeous!

  9. Wonderful roasted apples and lovely muffins!

    Thanks for sharing that beautiful video with us.



  10. Hi Aldy! Missed you and your beautiful pictures! I'm so glad your back! Your posts always put a smile on my face.

  11. Such a sweet post, you pics are amazing!! I love roasted fruit, so many great flavors!!

  12. Hi Aldy,

    I'm sorry I haven't visited you for a while. I've been pretty busy with my own life besides blogging and I'm very behind in blog visiting. :-( But I'm glad to be here today and see your absolutely beautiful roasted apple and post... Your photo are so natural and oh how much I wish I can take pictures like you! Gorgeous and recipe is also unique to me and I'm very inspired now!

  13. Love your blog Aldy, everything you share looks so delicious! Must try this, as apples start ripening here now, but pumpkins need some more time still. I love to drink peppermint tea as well, in summer, i pick the mint fresh from the garden. Happy week and sunny greetings!

  14. The muffins look amazing!

  15. Thanks my friends --Happy you all liked it <3


  16. Se ve todo maravilloso!!....ya te queda poco para que llegue la primavera!! encantaron esas manzanas......Abrazotes, Marcela

  17. So So delish looking- I think roasting the fruits is such a brilliant idea to bring out the sweetness. Love the pictures!
    I m in love with that video ever since I saw it
    Have a fab week ahead!

  18. The muffins look wonderful, and those roasted apples are pure exquisiteness...gorgeous post as always Aldy :)

  19. STUNNING PHOTOS and wonderful details

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  20. i seriously don't know what i would have done without these technologies :) The muffins and those roasted fruits .. yummy!!!

  21. I never had roasted apples...something that I must try. They look beautiful!
    Your pumpkin muffins look perfect, and great at anytime of the day.
    Hope you are having a great week Aldy :-)

  22. Telepatia!!! Estaba leyendo tu comment cuando recibi tu mail!
    Me encanto este post, porque siento lo mismo..Justo hoy, recibi un comment (en mi About) de un chico/a de Corea del Sur, que me emociono muchisimo! No es la primera vez que gente me escribe diciendome que saben que nunca vendran a Paris, entonces mi blog les abre la puerta de un lugar al que quizas nunca tengan acceso...y con eso...ya me hicieron el semana...Yo, como la mayoria, no gano un peso con el blog, asi que es solo la satisfaccion propia, de vernos mejorar...(porque mejoramos, eh?) el compartir, los nuevos amigos, el abrir la mente a nuevas culturas..;etc...Bueno, los muffins me encantaron! Besitos,

  23. Querida Aldy, y es verdad, como pasa el tiempo y cuando una no encuentra un hueco a veces intenta obligarse a tner un poco de tiempo libre. Me encantaron tus dos propuestas, me quedo con las dos, un beso desde Londres,

  24. Thank you very much Beautiful People! Awesome feedback <3


  25. Thank you for visiting Aldy! So inspiring to see your yummy pix again - apple season here, yes, time to try this recipe! Love for a happy week!

  26. Oh my each and every post is gorgeous with ur beautiful shots.. I am in love with ur pictures.