M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I, that is the way I learned to spell Mississippi!
Funny how some things stick in your head. I remember learning to spell Mississippi saying it kind of like a rhyme M-i-ss-i-ss-i-ppi and also h-i-p-po-pot-amus. Kind of like skipping rope to a tune, something that just sticks in your head and you don’t forget.
I grew up in a small town in Missouri that sat right on the Mississppi River. In fact, our first street is “Third Street”. I don’t really know what happened to First and Second Streets. Honestly, I don’t remember ever seeing them and this town is only about 6,000 in population. They may be there and I just overlooked them for 21 years. I was told the last time we visited family there that we do actually have a 1st and 2nd street. BUT, our first usable street that you can actually drive on is THIRD Street.
It was fun growing up in a small town and driving “the loop” was our entertainment on weekends. Having a levy that separated the town and the river was a fun place to go when it snowed to go sledding and also as teenagers and dating, seems like we drove down to the levy to look around. Back then, our pranks were (I should say this was my twin sister’s idea) was to make a dummy and have it’s arm hanging out of the trunk of our car while we drove “the loop”. We would also go out on the sand bars with our parents and brother. My dad actually make a speed boat that we would go out on and he would fish the Mississippi River and bring home lots of catfish that we enjoyed. Small towns are nice, you know everyone and everyone knows you.
So today, while I was reminising about growing up and thinking about the river and all the memories it holds for me, I thought of this muffin. I don’t know why it is called Mississpii Spice other than it is a dark muffin, makbe like the river, dark and murky.
It’s delicious and I hope you will try it. A little messy with the powdered sugar, so down eat one while wearing a dark suit.
Dark and spice batter.
Fill about 3/4 full and ready for the oven.
Baked and sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar.
Mississippi Spice Muffins
1 c. soft butter
2 c. sugar
2 c. applesauce (unsweetened)
2 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. salt
4 c. flour
1 c. nuts
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. baking soda
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix in applesauce and spices. Sift together salt, soda and flour. Add to applesauce mixture and beat well. Stir in nuts. Bake in lightly greased tins at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 3 dozen.
If you freeze these, do now powder sugar the tops, wait until you thaw the muffins then sprinkle powder sugar heavily on tops.