Friday, February 24, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Crumble Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Crumble Muffins
It was breakfast time last weekend, and I really wanted to eat something warm out of the oven.  I love the combination of apples and cinnamon in almost anything.  Pie, cereal, bars, pies, anything!  The two pair so well together and because we had a ton of apples (Fuji to be exact) at home, I decided I wanted to make something with them! Now what to make, well muffins are always a quick and easy thing to eat! Early in the morning, it will have your house smelling DELIGHTFUL! Also, with a side of coffee, it was just what I was craving for! Thanks twopeasandtheirpod for this delicious recipe! YUM!

Ingredients for Muffins
Ingredients (makes about 24 muffins):
non-stick spray
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar (I used light brown)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground all-spice
1 cup milk (or 1 cup buttermilk)
2 tbsp white vinegar (omit if you have buttermilk)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large apples (should be about 2 cups after dicing)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp butter

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
2. Spray muffin pan with the non-stick baking spray. 
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and all-spice.  I only had whole all spice that I used a mortar to grind up. 
4. In a small bowl, mix together buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla extract. **On a side note, I did not have buttermilk so I took just a cup of milk and added 2 tbsp of vineger and then let it sit for a couple minutes.  It worked perfectly as a substitution to buttermilk!**
Dry ingredients (top) and wet ingredients (bottom)
5. Pour the wet ingredients for step 4 over the dry ingredients in step 3. Mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined. Make sure to not over mix. 
7. Peal and dice apples.
8. Fold in the diced apples.  Do not over mix.
9. To make the crumble that goes on top, take a small bowl and combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and melted butter. Mix with a spoon until the mixture takes on a crumbly appearance.

10. Fill the sprayed muffin pan with the muffin batter.  Fill each cup about 3/4 the way full and sprinkle each muffin with crumble topping. 
Fill 2/3 way with mixture.
Top with crumble
11. Bake for 20 minutes. If you insert a toothpick, it should come out clean, indicating the muffins are done.
12. Cool for about 5-10 minutes.
13. ENJOY! 

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