Thursday, April 10, 2014

At Home: Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I am a fan of muffins for breakfast.  Especially if the recipe is easy peasy such as 1) dump ingredients into a bowl, 2) mix, 3) bake, and 4) eat.  No electric stand mixer required.  No intricate frosting or toppings needed.  I've made morning muffins before, and decided to use up some old apples we had this time for What Micky Eats...At Home.  These Apple Cinnamon Muffins whip up in a flash, and are topped with an extra oomph of cinnamon sugar mixture to bring out that classic combination.  They are perfect for breakfast on-the-go and taste just as good eaten cold as they do eaten warmed up.  If you like apple cinnamon oatmeal, you will love these muffins.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Makes 8)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teasp baking powder
  • 1 teasp cinnamon
  • ½ teasp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 apple, grated (yield ½ cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teasp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon sugar mixture

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In another bowl, whisk together milk, butter, sugar, apple, eggs and vanilla.
- Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
- Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray.
- Top each with generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- When the muffins are done, cool for 10 minutes before removing completing and finish cooling on a wire rack.

My attempt at a style shot - mainly to show off the cute green chevron striped liners I just got.
Close up of the extra cinnamon sugar on top.
These Apple Cinnamon Muffins were easy to make.  Since the recipe only makes 8 muffins, feel free to double it up because I guarantee these muffins will disappear in a flash.  I ate two right after taking this pictures (I have to taste test, right?)  But then Keith also ate two as soon as he came downstairs.  I was surprised, because he is not as much of a muffin person as I am.  He also remarked how the apple cinnamon combination reminded him of oatmeal, and so was fitting for breakfast.

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