Caramelized Apple Crumble Muffins
It’s that time of year again.
I hope you are ready for….
Oh and pumpkin too. Pumpkin everything will also be happening…
along with cinnamon, spice, and everything nice.
I meant to wait just a tad longer before I bombarded you with Autumn Awesomeness, but then I saw other super cool bloggers sharing pumpkin and apple-themed treats, which means it is totally fair game.
I snagged a fabulous bag of Granny Smith apples over at Aldi the other day, and I knew I wanted them in muffins…
but how exactly should they be included?
I’ve made apple muffins before with raw apples, and they are fine. Applesauce is a great addition too, but then you don’t get any real chunks of apple up in your muffin business…
and I think we all know I need real apples up in my muffin business. All day, every day.
So I came across the idea of caramelizing apples in butter and sugar, and a chorus of angels began to sing in my brain.
It could have been the multiple personas up in there (they all love apples) but I’m going to go with divine inspiration.
Friends, these are a tad more work than just dumping raw apples into your muffin mix, but it is oh so worth it.
They are bursting with caramel flavor and apple-icious goodness, and what’s more, I’ve topped them with a crumble.
APPLE CRUMBLE FOR THE WIN!
Ahem. I would say sorry about all of the shouting and weirdness, but I think you may
have learned to skip to the recipe be used to it by now.
I also whipped up some homemade apple pie spice to incorporate into the muffin mix and the crumble mix. I adore apple pie, and if I can work it in any way, shape, or form into my morning routine, I will.
In case you are worried about all that butter and sugar I caramelized the apples in don’t worry
be happy just eat them I also lowered the amount of sugar in the recipe and included whole wheat flour everywhere possible to give you a little fiber boost.
Because I love you and want your day to start off splendidly!
If you are into pears or peaches, I think they would also caramelize nicely for this recipe.
In a nutshell friends: these muffins are the real deal…
…the perfect way to welcome Autumn (hurry up already!) into your hearts and homes.
I’ll be back Wednesday with more polenta experiments! Until then,
Caramelized Apple Crumb Muffins
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp apple pie spice, homemade* or storebought
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup caramelized apples (click here for the recipe I used)
for the crumb topping:
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp melted and cooled butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line one 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. For the crumble, combine all ingredients with a fork or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside until ready to use.
- In a large bowl, combine both flours, both sugars, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together oil, milk and egg until well combined.
- Pour wet ingredient mixture over dry ingredient mixture and stir with large wooden spoon until a few streak of flour remain. Fold in caramelized apples.
- Fill muffin cups 3/4 way full with batter, then top generously with crumb topping.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean/only a few dry crumbs. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes Approximately 12 muffins
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