Monday, June 11, 2018

Apple Spice Muffins on a Rainy Spring Day

Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple MuffinsUnless you live in the mountains, or near a lot of evergreens, Colorado winters here in the foothills of Denver tend to be rather brown and blah when there's no snow on the ground, and the nondescript scenery in our neighborhood has me longing for the end of winter. It's very much summer now, but when I made these muffins a few weeks ago, it was cool and drizzly, and everything in our small back yard turned a dark, saturated green from the much-needed moisture.

The wet weather kept my husband inside that Saturday, instead of working in the yard, so I baked muffins and we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with our coffee.  On the weekends, our toddler tends to get a "second breakfast" with us, since we feed him his usual banana, yogurt and oatmeal with cinnamon first before making our own, and he always manages to find room in his tummy, whether we're having scrambled eggs with cheese, or something sweet like these muffins...




Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple Muffins



I make my own unsweetened applesauce, which is nothing more than peeled and chopped apples simmered in water with lemon juice, cloves and lots of cinnamon until soft and the water is nearly evaporated, and then mashed to a chunky consistency.  My son loves it, and he eats a big spoonful with his supper nearly every night.  The applesauce is the key to these muffins; chopped raw apples in the muffins would yield a completely different result, they wouldn't get soft enough, in my opinion, and they wouldn't contribute the appley flavor throughout the entire muffin that the applesauce does.  You might use store-bought applesauce, if you're not inclined to make your own, and I'm sure it would work just fine.

I love big crumbles of streusel topping on muffins, but the simple sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar on these adds just the right amount of crunch on top.  Eat these warm, with butter.  They're a wonderful start to a weekend.



Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple Muffins





Apple Spice Muffins
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  • 2/3 cup chunky applesauce
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon/sugar mixture(1/2 cup granulated sugar mixed with 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon)
Note: For my homemade applesauce, peel, core and roughly chop 4 medium-size apples and place in a saucepan.  Cover with 2 inches of water.  Add about 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon cloves.  Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, until apples are very tender and the liquid is mostly evaporated.  Mash to a chunky consistency.

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce, brown sugar, eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk just until combined.  Divide the batter between the paper liners, using about 1/4 cup batter for each.  Sprinkle about a teaspoon of the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top of each.

Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 18 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully remove the muffins from the pan and serve warm, with butter.

Yields 12 muffins

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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