Thursday, February 26, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Back in the fall, I went apple picking.  It was fun (obvi, because apple picking is the best) and I got a lot of apples.  Then, I had to figure out what to do with them all; that's always the challenge with apple picking, isn't it?  I used a ton of them to make some super tasty apple butter, ate a few, and then got stuck.  So, I started looking up recipes for apple cake, thinking that'd be a good way to use up the rest of them.  This was a glorious idea.

The last time I made this confection, I baked it in a casserole pan.  However, I wanted to take some in for class (night classes are rough on the eating schedule), so I needed it to be easily transportable to work and school.  So I made them into muffins.  I know it's not apple season anymore, but these are good for any day.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins - Adapted from The Pajama Chef

For the Muffins:
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar 
1/3 Cup Oil (I used vegetable, but canola would also work well.  I'd stay away from oils that have a strong flavor, unless there is an apple oil that I'm not aware of) 
1 Egg
1 Cup Buttermilk (You can make this at home by putting a tablespoon of vinegar in a measuring cup and then filling the rest of the cup with milk.  Let it sit for a few minutes, and then you have butter milk)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla  
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 
2 1/2 Cups Flour 
1 1/2 Cups Chopped Apples (I just used two and chopped them pretty small, peel and everything.  No need to be mega precise) 

For the Topping:
1 Tablespoon Melted Butter 
1/2 Cup Sugar 
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 325 and line 20 muffin cups with liners, or grease a 9 x 13 baking dish very well. 

Combine the brown sugar, oil, egg, and buttermilk in a bowl.  Then add the vanilla and baking soda. 

Lastly, add the flour and apples.  Mix to combine.  I did not use a mixer for this, the whole thing works fine with just a whisk or a wooden spoon. 

Melt the butter and mix in the sugar and cinnamon.  Spoon that on top of the muffins before putting them in the oven.  If you go the whole cake route this will not cover the entire cake, but that's ok, it kind of spread out in the oven anyways. 

Bake at 325 for about 40 minutes, until a fork comes out clean. 

These muffins are super simple and come together in no time.  Also, since they have apples in them, they're basically a health food, so it's got that going for it.  Whip these up anytime you're craving a bit of fall (or bought too many apples and don't know what to do).  Maybe avoid taking the dumbest picture ever, like this one.  My brain doesn't work real well at 6:30am....I somehow thought this was a great idea.  Weirdo, but it gives you a good idea of how big the muffin is?  

Question of the Day:
What is your favorite kind of muffin?


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