January is one of the dullest months of winter: cold, windy and rainy, the days go on and on, stretching out like a never-ending, winding road… yet, a taste of these divinely moist, apple-cinnamon muffins with their crumbly, crunchy tops and your day will shape up to be sunny and cheerful as these delights spread warmth with every bite you take…
I awoke this morning to a grey and dull morning; having rained all night everything outside was sodden and morose and deciding my day needed cheering up, I chose to make apple & cinnamon muffins, which turned out to be the best decision ever! The smell of apples slowly cooking in brown sugar and cinnamon brought a broad smile to my face, but the most wonderful feeling ever was taking a large bite out of a truly moist and fruity muffin, and crunching happily away at the crumbly exterior… These delights will brighten the dullest of days! I highly recommend you try them while watching your favourite TV series, along with a hot mug of cocoa.
- 5 or 6 large apples
- 240g flour
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 120g butter softened
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla essence
- 1 and a half teaspoons of ground cinnamon
For the crumble on top
- 60g brown sugar
- 30g flour
- 20g butter softened
- caster sugar, a teaspoonful on each muffin
Preheat the oven to 185°C (375°F). Grease or line 12 muffin cups.
In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat the butter and caster sugar until well combined and then add the eggs, one at a time.
Peel the apples and cut them into small chunks, then let them simmer on low heat for about 20-25minutes. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, a slice of butter and a pinch of caster sugar. Up the heat slightly and leave to caramelize for another 5-10minutes. Then, pour the apples into a large bowl and sprinkle the baking soda over them. Meanwhile, pour the flour mixture into the sugar, butter, and eggs and mix well. Add the apples and fold them in gently. Spoon the mixture into each muffin cup.
In a small bowl, pour the flour, sugar and add the butter. Coarsely work the mixture with your fingertips until it becomes crumbly then sprinkle a teaspoonful on each muffin and add a pinch of caster sugar. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes depending on the depth of the muffin pan.
Serve warm from the oven end enjoy with a cup of hot berry tea or a deliciously creamy cappuccino! Be warned, these muffins are so divinely moist and have so much flavour that you’ll keep on wanting more!
See you here again next time for more delightful recipes and ideas, in the meantime have a great week!