Maybe it's all the Fall foliage, but apples have just been especially tasty recently. So I decided to look for ways to use apples in a not-so-normal way. Paired with the fact that I rarely have breakfast food on hand, turning apples in to some sort of tasty, morning treat seemed like a great decision. On this particular day, I didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so anything that consisted of waiting for dough to rise was out of the question. I finally settled on spiced, apple muffins.
Inspired by a recipe from the Kitchn for spiced pear muffins, I subsituted apples. The ingredients for these muffins was easy enough: flour, brown sugar, white sugar, nutmeg... well, you can read the ingredients for yourself. Most importantly, the recipe called for two cups of pears, unpeeled and diced. I used about one large apple and half of another. It's important to note here that I did not use just any old apple. Honeycrisps were my apple of choice for such a sweet breakfast item. You could use any apple, I suppose, but make sure the apple is fresh and has a crisp bite to it. If the apples are soft, they will only be even softer after baking in the oven, unless you're looking for a very soft filling.
Once I had prepared the batter - the mix of dry and wet ingredients - I stirred in the apples, making sure to combine all of the ingredients to each muffin would have its fair share of apple in each bite. After filling the batter to the brim of each cup, I topped off the top with a little cinnamon and brown sugar to give a crunchy top.
Then, in to the oven! Whoa. I don't know what it is about that phrase, "in to the oven" but I think it should be said with gusto. Maybe it's a Hansel and Gretl thing. Moving right along, these muffins baked for 20-25 minutes. I took mine out a little earlier because I suspect my oven is hotter than it appears to be. Nonetheless, I had beautifully baked spiced apple muffins.
I completely forgot there were apples inside until the first bite when I was met with the surprise of a sweet chunk of honecrisp. While the inside was sweet and tasty, I will change up the topping next time. The brown sugar on top had a burnt taste that I wasn't too fond of. Next time I might mix the brown sugar with a little flour and butter and make more of a crumble topping. My mouth is watering just at the thought of such an idea.