In our 3 months of enforced cleverness, I did a lot of baking. A lot! Berry choc chip muffins have always been a favourite, but at $3.85 for a tin of berries or pie apple, I thought there had to be a better way! With serendipitous timing, Aldii started stocking large tins of apple/berry pie filling, and at $2 a tin, I decided to try it. What you see here is a double batch of my favourite muffin recipe using one tin of the Aldi pie filling. Wow! Instead of $7.70 for the fruit, it only cost me $2, and when you’re counting every cent, that $5.70 is a big deal.
Better still, I only had to fire up the oven once, and could cook 2 dozen at a time. When they cooled I clingwrapped them and put them in the freezer. I could just take out 3 at night and they were ready for lunchboxes in the morning, and I could easily defrost/heat a couple in the microwave for afternoon tea if necessary. Brilliant!
Do you batch cook for your freezer? If not … why not? Have you considered substituting a different filling for a budget beater? I’d love to hear your muffin making stories in the comments below, or share a photo over on the Cake & Enemy Facebook page.