Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumb Topping

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Whenever I go to the grocery store, I almost always add to my cart fresh fruits and vegetables. We love to pair our main entrees with a fresh vegetable as well as a side salad. As for our lunches, I love to make deli-style turkey sandwiches with a side of chips, pickle, and slices of apples. My husband and I love eating our meals together so I'm always trying to come up with healthy sides that satisfy all of our cravings.

With that being said, sometimes I end up with too many fruits and vegetables and that's when my creativity starts to flow. I love adding beans to pasta dishes, potatoes to casseroles, and fruits to baked goods. With some herbs and spices, an ingredient that is on its last breath can easily turn into a delicious weeknight meal or dessert that is guaranteed to please.

This week, I had a craving for muffins and I knew that I had Granny Smith apples in my refrigerator that were begging to be baked. I love the taste of baked goods with apples in them and nothing beats the scent of baked apples. The smells that emanate from the kitchen remind me of my favorite season: fall. No matter what time of year it is, baked apples and their scent always provide just the perfect warmth to my house.

Today, I quickly whipped up a batch of these Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumb Topping and as I sit and write this, I'm surrounded by the beautiful apple cinnamon scent of fall. All of the candles in my house are of the apple cinnamon scent but nothing truly beats the real scent from the oven.

Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

For the muffins:
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped (reserve 3 tablespoons diced apple for the crumb topping)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 2 pinches salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
For the crumb topping:
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons diced apple
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with muffin cups.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add chopped apples.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and butter in a small bowl. Gently egg mixture into flour mixture. Do not overmix.
  4. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full. Top each muffin cup with the crumb topping (To make crumb topping: Combine all ingredients except apples in a bowl and mix with a fork to create crumbs. Toss in the apples and coat lightly with the flour mixture).
  5. Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool slightly, about five minutes, before removing them from the pan. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart.
What is your scent for your home?

14 comments:

  1. These look delicious. I've been craving muffins too, though I usually whip up blueberry (boring!). I'll have to give these a shot. As always, gorgeous photo!

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  2. No Way!! I have had this recipe out since Christmas to make... and they look so good. Ok you might have fully motivated me to get off my butt and make what I have been planning. They look and sound fabulous!

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  3. Is it possible for a muffin to look warm and cozy :$ lol if so - - these totally fit the bill.
    I love the smell of fresh baked apples and cinnamon too ... ahhh - - just wonderful :)

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  4. I can't wait to make these. My mom has a recipe for a fresh apple cake that is to die for. These look like a little version of that cake. Mmm Mmm good!

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  5. These sound awesome! Perfect for chilly winter mornings...

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  6. Great picture Jen!!!! I sorta want to snuggle the muffin, it's so warm and inviting!

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  7. These look delicious - what a beautiful photo!

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  8. I have some apples in my fridge that are begging to find a new home in a delicious muffin. I think I just found it for them. They look incredible Jen!

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  9. Absolutely loving the look of that crumble topping!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  10. Apple is my favorite fruits this time of the year, especially in desserts. Love the muffins!

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  11. If I don't have buttermilk can I substitute whole milk? Thanks!

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  12. Making them right now. MMMM they smell delicious baking!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for posting this! Preparing to blow away coworkers will my baking skills with your help!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing your delicious apple muffin recipe with us. After finishing his muffin this morning, my husband said, "Now this.... is an awarding winning muffin!" That's a huge compliment because he seldom thinks muffins are really good. My kids and I enjoyed them too! I stumbled upon your site while surfing Pinterest for apple recipes. I will definitely be pinning your recipe in my bread and muffins board. I love making delicious fall recipes right about now. (I know I can make these all year long, though.) I did bake mine at 375 degrees, though. I think that's hot enough to bake muffins in my oven. Thanks again!

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