I first made these last fall and they had definite potential, but I wasn't crazy about them. I made a few adaptations and I love the final result! They're soft and flavorful and without the touch of dryness that I didn't like last year. Topped with a maple glaze and they're perfect for breakfast on a chilly fall morning.
Apple Maple Muffins
1 & 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. quick cooking oats
2/3 c. white sugar
1 T. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. apple cider
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. real maple syrup (NOT the pancake stuff)
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 to 4 apples, peeled and diced
1/4 c. powdered sugar
2 T. real maple syrup
Heat oven to 400. Grease or line a muffin pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a smaller bowl, combine milk, apple cider, butter, maple syrup, apple, and egg. Stir into dry ingredients until combined, and gently stir in diced apples.
Fill muffin cups to 3/4 full with muffin batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
For the glaze, combine maple syrup and sugar until well-mixed, and drizzle over warm but not hot muffins.
- Last year, I made the muffins using the maple syrup I had laying around, which was Mrs. Butterworth's or something like that. The muffins didn't really have a maple flavor (which was okay) and the glaze did not work at all. I didn't realize it at the time, but pancake syrup and real maple syrup are two different entities. Using real maple syrup makes all the difference in the world. The muffins had a distinct maple undertone and the maple glaze packs a nice, subtle punch. The lesson? Use real maple syrup. It's worth it, and your muffins will thank you.
- The cinnamon makes these feel like a warm hug. :-) I love the way they smelled in the oven, and it smelled like apples and cinnamon before I took the muffins out.
- These make your house smell fabulous. Whip up a bunch before guests come over and it'll smell better than Martha's house at Christmas.