Apple Crunch Muffins

1-1/2 c unbleached flour, sifted
1/2 c sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1-1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 c vegetable shortening
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c milk
1 c tart apples *
nut crunch topping (below)

* Apples are to be washed and cored. Shred the unpeeled apples for recipe. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into mixing bowl.

Cut in shortening with pastry blender until fine crumbs form. Combine egg and milk. Add to dry ingredients all at once, stirring just enough to moisten. Stir in apples. Spoon batter into paper-lined 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups, filling 2/3rds full. Sprinkle with nut crunch topping. Bake in 375 oven 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with butter and homemade jelly or jam.

Mix together 1/4 c brown sugar (packed), 1/4 c chopped pecans and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon in small bowl.