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  1. Priyanka

    Happy 91st to your Grandpa! I have such treasured memories with my grandpa, wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    My grandpa would take me to his office when I had the summer off from school and I loved sharing his lunch box, mainly because he was a great cook and would make his prawns or chicken curry everyday for me cuz I loved it so much. He had a standard chocolate and chips combo that he would get for me everyday…oh how much I miss him!

    Grandpas are the best!

  2. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    They are simply “rustic style” Hannah.

    That is so sweet of you to do this for your grandfather. I’ve never met either of my grandfathers – one of them had two heart attacks in 10 days, only surviving the second because he was already in the hospital from the first, and then died in a plane crash six months later – all 7 years before I was born. Freakish.

  3. Leah

    What a lovely post about your Grandpa. I love the muffins also 🙂

  4. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    I love hot apples, I love streusel, I love grandpas (mine anyway, though I’m sure yours is lovely,) and I love that you made this for him even if he has to be tested for heavy metals in his blood now from eating the tin you so carelessly included.

  5. Lauren

    This is another one of those posts where the Americans must point out our different understanding of “magnum.” And as you can imagine, it is very funny to imagine a kind grandfatherly man having a stash of these magnums in his freezer.

    But, the ice cream brand was just released here a few weeks ago. And it is indeed tasty.

    Happy birthday and enjoy those muffins, Hannah’s Grandpa!

  6. gmasydney

    Grandpa’s message to his Princess: How can I thank you. The muffins are scrumptious: beautiful, terrific just doesn’t cover the wonderful taste. The crib, too, was most enjoyable though I think we both played better in the second game. Still the warm up game is important and the best part of your visit – just seeing you.
    Grandma adds: They looked just like muffins should when they came out of the muffin tin and will be Grandpa’s afternoon tea treat for days to come. (That little bit of plain flour you added because you ran out of gluten-free ensures they are all his – but I have a birthday in July, Hannah!)

  7. Rose

    Wow, 91! The patients we get in their 90’s and 100’s really amaize me.
    Thanks for your message about my engagement 🙂
    I have made blueberry crumble muffins before which I think are kinda similar to there – YUM!


  8. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    hehehe, who doesn’t love a bonus gift of a muffin tin?! They look amazing. Perhaps even more so because of the phloomping…Happy 91st birthday to your grandpa! He sounds like a fantastic gentleman 🙂
    Heidi xo

  9. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    The nice thing about grandparents is that they’re able to overlook muffins coming with muffin tins attached 🙂 Especially, I might add, when the muffins in question look as nice as those ones do! (I think the phloomping adds character.)

    I also love the comment from your grandparents above 🙂 It sounds like you have a great relationship with them, and your childhood memories are just what grandparent-childhood-memories should be, in my humble opinion. I also recall many food products in visits with my grandparents, as well as trips to the beach and park and many, many afternoons with books.

  10. fatbooo

    Yum, apple and cinnamon in a muffin. Triple win in my books! I loove apple pies, apple crumbles, apple strudels, so this is simply natural progression to the next step towards heaven. 😀

    1. gmasydney

      Have you tried apple risotto? Very yum.

  11. msihua

    Oh yayy! What a beautiful birthday gift for your grandpa! My grandpa is turning 90 this year, but I’m much too far away to bake him anything 🙁

  12. penny aka jeroxie

    91! Happy birthday Grandpa! What a beautiful and sweet thought.

  13. Anna Johnston

    Happy Birthday Grampa 🙂 Can I borrow yours, I’m Grandpa-less 🙁 & seeing as your Grandpa was such a good toothfairy, I reckon that’s good enough reference for me 😉

  14. Lizzi

    These look lovely! Happy birthday to your grandpa… I’m sure he’ll LOVE them, especially as they come with a bonus muffin tin 😀

    I never met my grandfather on my dad’s side, but my mum’s dad was the loveliest man, who collected smurf figurines purely as something ‘eccentric’ to do..haha. Sadly he lived in England so I never had very much to do with him 🙁 I remember visiting when I was two years old… he carved me a little walking stick out of a fallen branch, so when we went on walks, I could match him 🙂 He also let me pick and eat all the chives out of his herb garden. I remember getting really angry at him because he changed the Postman Pat lyrics to ‘and his silly old cat’. I burst into tears and bellowed “HE’S NOT SILLY! HE’S NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” ahahaha

    More recently, when I visited a few years ago, I will always remember when he told me that I was ‘the most delectable girl in all the land’. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need to hear. I’d sneak him chocolate and ice cream and he loved all my ridiculous kitchen concoctions. He also gave me his tweed Dr Harry-style hat… SCORE!

    Anyway, he died a year ago (last week was the anniversary, actually), and I’m so sad I didn’t get to spend more time with him. Still.. as long as he thought I was ‘delectable’, that’s all that matters 🙂

  15. Tasha @ Voracious

    Happy Birthday to your grandpa! Aren’t grandpas the best? My dad’s dad was just a big old teddy bear. He was super shy, even around his grandkids, but when he did say something it was always to tell us how much he loves us and how proud he was of us. SUCH a sweetie.

    And these muffins. WOW. They look incredibly tasty and I bet the texture is perfect.

  16. Fiona

    LOVE apple cimmaononnnn kinda sorta healthy too?

  17. Sarah

    My Grandpa collects old toys. I always remember going to his house and he would take me downstairs and wind up all his old toys. I loved it! Those muffin things look way good. I am going to have to try them!

  18. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    But phloomp is tasty! And I loved these lines because if my grandparents (or indeed anyone) was ever like this I’d adore them too: ” the endless stash of Magnums in your Turramurra garage freezer. I also particularly appreciate the fact that you were a far more generous Tooth Fairy than my parents ever were.”

  19. Whispering Gums

    Hope you told him to use plastic spoons only when getting the muffins out of his daughter’s pan!

    1. gmasydney

      Never fear – all is well (I think!)

  20. Johanna GGG

    oh your grandpa had a freezer of magnums – I want a magnums-on-tap grandpa!

    I am sure he loved the muffins – sound wonderful. I know the feeling of them spreading beyond the edge of the muffin cup – makes it so hard to run a knife around them – I have given up on greasing tins – and use paper muffin liners – prevents that hassle but it means if you eat them when just out of the oven they stick to the paper and that is no fun

  21. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Aww, they look splendid, despite the PHLOOMPing. Streusel-topped muffins are so homey and nice.

    Best wishes to your grandpa on his Birthday!

  22. Errign

    My mom’s dad died when I was young, so I don’t have many memories of him beyond him preparing me bowls of wagon wheel shaped pasta with butter and cheese & vanilla ice cream with hershey syrup & a cherry. He was a gourmet chef, but he knew what we loved for treats!

    My dad’s dad is just barely 81 (two weeks ago) and he’s amazing. He’s been through a quadruple bypass, aortic valve replacement, etc, etc, but he’s still heading out to the garage to change the tires on my Jeep for me, or delivering Corvettes to purchasers through his part time job of driving around the country. He loves to talk about growing up in Boston, about his family, cars and sailboats. He is obsessed with driving and always has been – I can literally call him from anywhere in New England with random, bass-ackwards landmarks because I’ve gotten myself lost and he can get me home, over the phone. He’s the best 🙂

  23. Margaret

    I hate it when you really want something to turn out well and it ends up being a disaster! But eating muffins with a spoon isn’t all that bad. 😉
    You already know how incredibly lucky you are to have your grandparents around. I never knew mine because they lived on the other side of the world, and now they are no longer alive.
    Luckily I have several treasured friends in my life that have taken the place of family members.

    We also cherish you just the way you are sweetheart. xx

  24. ladybird

    Swoon! I’m sure these smelled and tasted superb!!! Unfortunately I never knew either of my grandfathers :'(

  25. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    Oh yum – apple and cinnamon is my favourite combination ever!

  26. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc

    Happy birthday to your grandpa! I’m sure your grandpa must have loved your muffins:) What’s better than receiving baked treats as a gift? I love how your grandpa was a more generous tooth fairy!

    My grandparents will always cook me my favourite dishes when I visit them in Japan. I only get to see them once a year, so it’s nice to know that you can meet your grandparents more often!

  27. theresa

    1. Turramurra sounds like a cool place.

    2. Who doesn’t love a good tin with their birthday muffins?

    3. My grandpa had one long pinkie fingernail – he kept it to use as a letter opener. He also loved playing solitaire, and his live was never the same after he discovered computer solitaire. It was a little annoying at the time — I wanted to get on and play Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego! But now it makes me smile, because if he were still alive he would totally be all over facebook, I bet.

  28. Ada

    Wow, what gorgeous muffins! I must try making those asap, thanks for sharing the recipe:)

  29. Erin@TheFoodMentalist

    Phloomping! Love it. Yum yum yummity yum! Your muffins look so good I can imagine how good they tasted. I hope you grandpa enjoyed them and the tin too 🙂

  30. leaf (the indolent cook)

    You have a great relationship with your grandpa! But how did the muffins taste? 😀
    I was never that close to my grandparents (and they’re all gone now). But I think my favourite memory is once I drew a picture and showed it to my grandpa and he thoroughly admired it and seemed very happy and proud of me.

  31. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    Mmm these look divine! I love the smell of apple-anything baking in the oven and streusel makes any muffins twice as yummy =D

  32. Ashley@TheHungryScholar

    69 comments? You are like famous.

    Those muffins look great. I like the streusel explosion especially.

  33. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Mmmmm, these look fabulous! 😀

    I’m using the uni www, and can’t miss the opportunity to drop by and say hello.

    *wave* 🙂

    I hope to be back regularly by the end of the week, with new technology. 😉

  34. Karen

    Hi Hannah, happy birthday to your grandpa! I’d be tickled pink to receive such delicious muffins, and I actually think the fact that the crumble spilled over the top makes these look even more scrumptious. I have so many great memories of my grandparents, but sadly, they have all passed away. My grandmother passed almost a year ago, and I still miss her very badly.

  35. Monique

    Oh my!! I LOVE Streusel. Or even coffee cake. Seriously, I’ll pick off the sweet crumbly parts and leave the rest of the cake/muffin. So good. I would even eat the bottom part of those!! 🙂

  36. Susan

    lol, I think he would have loved the bonus tin with the muffins!

  37. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    one word – DELICIOUS!!!!

  38. Agnes

    Your present to your grandpa was BRAINS?!

  39. The Hook

    These look AWESOME!

  40. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    But PHLOOMPY muffins are the best! Especially with streusel – that gives you the chance to pick and peel off the streusel edges and snack on them without feeling bad >:-) I think the gift idea of muffins IN a tin is particularly great, too. 😀

  41. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    That’s so sweet! Hope your grandpa had a lovely birthday! These muffins look delicious, the streusel topping has a tendency to do that 😉

  42. Hope

    These are AH-mah-ZING *sung in opera voice*

    Thank you Hannah! Your blog inspires me to bake, with all the delicious simple and recipes and your personal touch of how you make them and what you made them for/whats going on in your life. Its so much better following a recipe that you KNOW someone else on the other end with a life and hopes and dreams and experiences, has baked, not just some dull purely-ingredients-and-instructions kinda recipe. I dont feel so alone when im baking (ok I admit that sounds weird, but its totally not meant in a weird way haha!)

    As I only had one big apple, I used a big juicy peach instead of the other two, and added a teaspoon of ginger powder to toss on the fruit along with the cinnamon. and a squirt of lemon to the whole mixture before I folded in the fruit and put into the muffin tin (with paper cups lining) and it HOMG they are amazing. I wish somehow I could upload a photo!

    Any whooo THANKS 😀